The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU's Prof Adriana Allen nominated for the HIC coalition presidential election

15 November 2019

We are very proud that Prof Adriana Allen has been nominated by members of Habitat International Coalition (HIC) for the coalition presidential election. Adriana's well-deserved candidature has full support and endorsement from the DPU.

Adriana HIC

Habitat International Coalition (HIC) is a global network that struggles for social justice, gender equality and environmental sustainability, and works in defense, promotion and realization of human rights related to housing and land in both, rural and urban areas. The DPU has been an active member of HIC for a number of years.

As part of the election process, Adriana made an election pledge in which she shared what she considered to be the strategic challenges ahead of HIC. In particular, the statement pladged to link HIC advocacy framings with other calls for justice; to articulate the dimensions and ways in which life is becoming increasingly commodified in the way we work; to acknowledge the full diversity of experiences encompassed in the social production of habitat; to find a common meaning and cause across faith and race; and to reflect on HIC pedagogies and ways of seeking change.

Adriana has also delivered a message to HIC members through the HIC website.

"Dear HIC Members,

I write to thank you for your nomination to serve HIC and ALL its Members and to open a constructive and transparent dialogue with you. I welcome your questions and comments to get to know one another: I am here to listen to and learn from you all. 

I have accepted this candidature with humility and confidence:

Humility to know that the pathway towards transformative change relies on learning from all of you, and from many others that don’t yet have a voice. I see this as an essential approach to represent the HIC community effectively and inclusively and to raise its voice to a global level. 

Confidence based on 35 years of working with NGOs and grassroots movements across many countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, the MENA region, and, to less extent, other contexts in the so-called ‘global North’. This experience has enabled me to gain a grounded sense of what advancing the right to Habitat means in different contexts and under contrasting conditions. If elected, I will rely on an open and sustained dialogue with you within and across all regions, in order to best attend your needs and provide the maximum support to your struggles and those of whom you represent.

I have done my best to share what I believe are the key challenges ahead of us to consolidate and expand the extraordinary work of HIC, but also who I am and where I stand. You can find more on the following links: 

For decades, I have admired HIC’s sustained support and solidarity campaigns for those that cannot and should not struggle alone. I feel deeply identified with the Coalition and its constituency and this is the reason why accepted the challenge to represent HIC internationally to promote global solidarity and assertive action in support of those women and men, girls and boys who need it the most. 

I celebrate this process as an opportunity for HIC Members to voice their concerns, expectations and visions of where the Coalition should focus its energy to continue growing its strength to fight for the right to Habitat for all. 

Looking forward to a constructive debate to get the HIC community to grow closer and stronger in our common cause. You are welcome to get in touch by email at a.allen@ucl.ac.uk.

With thanks and warm regards,