The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Advisory Services


The DPU is proud to have a long history of working with organizations whose purpose and concerns resonate with our own vision and mission. This has included providing Training and Advisory Services (TAS) to a range of partners who share the DPU’s vision of a just world in which men and women are equally able to choose, plan and manage their own lives and communities, and to influence local, national and global development in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. 

Training and Advisory Services (TAS) are central to the work of the DPU, and feed into our other core activity areas of Postgraduate Education, and Research. As the DPU’s institutional identity is built on  the interface between theory and practice, TAS is a key component of our ongoing engagement with development work ‘on the ground’. The knowledge and relationships built through DPU’s TAS projects underpin both our research and our teaching. When conducting our TAS work, we place a strong emphasis on understanding development contexts, and working with a range of development planning practitioners to build long term collaborations.

DPU conducts four main types of TAS activity:

Applied research

DPU carries out various forms of applied research to support development interventions. This ranges from research to support specific project cycle areas (for example, social and environmental impact assessments, or project evaluations) and wider contextual research to inform strategic development work.


Urbanisation Research Nigeria: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/research-projects/2020/nov/urbanisation-research-nigeria-urn

Urban Crisis and Humanitarian Responses: A Literature Review https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/case-studies/2015/apr/1-urban-crisis-and-humanitarian-responses-literature-review

Study into informal markets for assistive technology: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/news/2020/nov/reports-at2030-community-led-solutions-launched

International Labour Office Outcome 5: Thematic Funding, Final evaluation: https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_mas/---eval/documents/publication/wcms_481620.pdf

Methodology Development

DPU works with partner organisations to develop and trial methodologies, including analytical frameworks, sectorial topic guides and practical toolkits for research and development interventions.



Topic Guide on Provision and Improvement of Housing for the Poor for UK DfID https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/news/2013/dec/dpu-staff-produce-topic-guide-provision-and-improvement-housing-poor-dfid

Exploring the Contributions of the Capability Approach to VSO’s People First Strategy


Gender in Practice Toolkit for the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC/DEZA) https://www.shareweb.ch/site/Gender/Documents/Gendernet%20Toolbox/Toolbox/2003%20SDC%20gender%20in%20practice%20-%20toolkit.pdf


Policy Development and Analysis

DPU works with partner organisations to support policy development processes as well as to monitor and facilitate the implementation of policy.


Somali Political Development: women’s leadership and participation: www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/research-projects/2021/nov/somali-politics-and-society

Capacity Building

DPU works with partner organizations to undertake capacity building, including institutional development and training courses.


The Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC): https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/slurc-sierra-leone-urban-research-centre

Somaliland election observation: www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/research-projects/2021/nov/somali-politics-and-society


If you have any questions about DPU’s Training and Advisory Services (TAS), please contact our Director of TAS, Julian Walker: julian.walker@ucl.ac.uk