The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Dr Jordana Ramalho

Lecturer in Development Planning for Diversity

Development Planning Unit

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2020

Research summary

My research interests span the fields of feminist political ecology and gender and development and urban geography, and seeks to promote more socially just urban development. My PhD explored the gendered socio-spatial politics of urban development, disaster risk management and grassroots social movements among informal settlers in the Philippines. Within this, I examined gendered embodiments of risk and insecurity, and critically interrogated dynamics of participation and empowerment within local risk management efforts. My research also analysed the political economy of urban disaster governance and resilience-building efforts, and the processes of dispossession adn displacement that accompany them. 

My ongoing work maintains a focus on inclusive urban development, housing, socio-environmental relations and participatory governance.  I am also interested in feminist, arts-based participatory methods.

Teaching summary

I contribute to teaching across the MSc Social Development Practice and MSc Urban Development Planning programmes, as well as the course on Gender in Policy and Planning. 


I have over fifteen years experience working in the field of diversity and socially inclusive community development with non-governmental organisations based in the UK, the Philippines, East Africa, Panama and Canada, on programmes relating to land tenure insecurity and homelessness, disaster risk management, young offending, gender mainstreaming, HIV/AIDS and food security. Much of this work has focused on building institutional capacities to work with marginalised groups and to apply and embed an intersectional approach to their development practice.