The Bartlett Development Planning Unit



We are proud to have a have a long history of working with institutions whose values and concerns resonate with our own vision and mission.

Collaborations are central to our core teaching, research and TAS activities. And they’ve helped us built strong relationships and pioneer new approaches to development practice around the world.

Our collaborations include:

  • African Centre for Cities
  • Asian Coalition for Housing Rights
  • Architects sans Frontieres
  • Bloomsbury Gender Network
  • Centre for Community Initiatives, Tanzania
  • Foro Ciudades para la Vida, Peru
  • Indian Institute for Human Settlements
  • Practical Action
Asian Coalition for Housing Rights

The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) is a regional network of grassroots community organisations, NGOs and professionals involved with urban poor development processes in Asian cities.

The coalition is action-orientated, highly decentralised and provides an alternative model of urban development based on Asian realities and experiences.

The Community Architects Network (CAN) is a regional network of community architects and planners, engineers, young professionals, lecturers and academic institutes in Asian countries.

It supports community-driven projects under the Asian Coalition for Community Action programme (ACCA) regarding people housing, city-wide upgrading and recovery from disasters.

About the Collaboration
From 2011 to 2014, both the MSc Building Urban Design for Development (BUDD) and the MSc Urban Development Planning (UDP) carried out research in South East Asia. They collaborated closely with local communities, authorities and other institutions.

Each year, around 40 students examined the co-production of housing in informal settlements in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

An internship programme was then mooted between the DPU, the ACHR and the CAN, starting in 2013. Over 6 months, DPU alumni support mapping, planning, designing processes and debate issues of housing, land and settlement.


Research Cluster 

This collaboration relates to Urban Transformations

DPU Staff Involved

Practical Action

Practical Action is an international NGO that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.

They’ve worked in more than 45 developing countries across the world on 4 main areas:

  • energy access
  • urban water and waste
  • food and agriculture
  • disaster risk reduction

About the Collaboration
The DPU MSc Social Development Practice team has collaborated with Practical Action in a number of ways:

  • promoting material and relational wellbeing as the goal of technology interventions
  • piloting the application of wellbeing concepts to project interventions (such as the project on Eradicating Flying Toilets and Open Defecation in Nakuru’s Slums)
  • developing their institutional approach to mainstreaming gender and diversity issues into their work

We’ve collaborated with Practical Action in 2 ways:

  • engaging with the Senior Leadership Teams in the UK and East Africa and co-supervising a DPU PhD candidate and student internships
  • collaborating on the Comic Relief-funded Putting People’s Plans into Practice project, which worked on participatory delivery of basic services in low-income urban communities in Kisumu and Kitale, Kenya


  • An MSc Social Development Practice student report on work with the Practical Action PPP project

Research Cluster 
This collaboration relates to Diversity, social complexity & planned intervention.

DPU Staff Involved
From the MSc Social Development Practice: