The Bartlett Development Planning Unit

Dr Camila Cocina

Dr Camila Cocina

Research Associate

Development Planning Unit

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2018

Research summary

My current research is part of the GCRF programme "Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality", working specifically on the challenge of "Translating research into practice", working in collaboration with partners in Havana, Freetown, Southeast Asia, Lima, Dar es Salam and Kampala. Our work focus on investigating the challenges of knowledge translation processes, exploring the various ways in which they occur, and the role these processes can have challenging geographies of knowledge production and circulation, as well as their impact on planning practices that support urban equality.  

My previous research, in the context of my PhD, was about the challenges faced by housing policies in reducing urban inequalities, in the Chilean context.

Teaching summary

Between 2015 and 2017 I was Teaching Fellow and Assistant at the MSc Building and Urban Design in Development at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, teaching the following modules:

- “Participatory Processes: Building for Development”
- “Building and Urban Design in Practice” –including fieldtrips to Myanmar and Italy 
- Coordinator and facilitator of DPU SummerLab workshops in Santiago, Mostar, London, Jerusalem and Nicosia.

During 2014, I was a Traveling Faculty at the IHP Cities in the 21st Century Program, teaching the module “Urban Planning and Sustainable Environments” and co-teaching “Contemporary Urban Issues”, as part of a four-month study-abroad programme in USA, India, Senegal and Argentina. Previously I worked as teacher and tutor at different modules in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies at the Universidad Católica de Chile.


University College London
PhD, Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional) | 2017
University College London
MSc, Built Environment and Urban Design | 2012
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
BA, Architecture | 2010


PhD Development Planning and MSc Building & Urban Design in Development. I am a Research Fellow at the GCRF research programme “Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality”, led by The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London, working on the challenges of translating research into practice to tackle urban inequalities in various countries.

I have worked as a practitioner, researcher and teacher in Chile and the UK, with experience of fieldwork and teaching in Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa. My practice has focused on housing policies, urban planning, participatory urban design, urban informality, and housing reconstruction. I have worked with multidisciplinary teams, doing research, coordinating projects and leading independent initiatives, both in academic institutions as well as in independent NGOs, with a special interest in linking research, advocacy, and housing and planning practices and policies.