The Bartlett Development Planning Unit

Mr Donald Brown

Mr Donald Brown

Lecturer in Urban Environmental Planning and Urban

Development Planning Unit

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2018

Research summary

My current research interests centre on the relationship between the urban environment and health inequities and on the role of urban planning systems (formal and informal) in mediating this relationship in fast growing towns and cities. Particular interests include:

  • The environmental and health problems faced by populations in small and intermediate urban centres
  • The urban health impacts of disasters and climate change in low-income settings
  • The development of an integrated urban  planning and public health agenda tailored to the urban, environmental and epidemiological transitions occurring in the global South


DPU60 Doctoral Award2016, given by the Development Planning Unit to one PhD student each year in honour of the department’s 60th anniversary in 2014. 

Chadwick Trust Travelling Fellow2017, given by University College London in honour of Sir Edwin Chadwick, one of the most influential urban sanitary reformers in mid-nineteenth century Britain. The fellowship recognises postgraduate students committed to public health.

Jeroen Ensink Fellow2016-2017, given by University College London in memory of Dr. Jeroen Ensink, Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The fellowship recognises postgraduate students committed to water and sanitation.

Teaching summary

Donald teaches on two MSc programmes at the Development Planning Unit:

  • Health in Urban Development (HUD)
  • Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD)

 Donald also supervises MSc students in their dissertations.


Donald is an urban and regional planner with a PhD in Planning Studies from UCL. He has extensive research and practical experience in (disaster) risk reduction, climate change adaptation and urban health promotion, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the Development Planning Unit, Donald worked as a researcher and planner in Malawi and as an international consultant based in the UK.