The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


UDP Overseas practice engagement

Each year, as part of the practice module, students undertake an overseas practice engagement to gain hands-on experience of processes of urban change in the Global South.

UDP fieldtrip Dar es Salaam

Developed in partnership with community groups, NGOs, universities and/or local authorities, UDP overseas practice engagement projects tackle real-life urban challenges, offering students first-hand experience of developing strategies towards transformative, community-centered urban development planning.

As well as producing meaningful outputs for local project partners and communities, the overseas overseas practice engagement project aims to build the capacity of students as reflexive urban development practitioners.

In recent years, UDP overseas practice engagement have engaged with cities in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Turkey and Ghana.

For more information on previous field trip projects, please see below:

2019: Yogyakarta, Indonesia


In 2019, UDP students travelled to Yogyakarta to study the drivers of precarity shaping everyday life in the city. Designed in collaboration with ArkomJogja, the project centred around an exploration of tenure security as an intensely dynamic, variegated and multi-dimensional concept.

Student Videos

2018: Colombo, Sri Lanka

In 2018, UDP students travelled to Colombo to work on issues relating to settlement upgrading and relocation in the city.

Student reports

Mayura Place

Muyadora Uyani

Student Videos

Student blog

Between Upgrading and Resettlement: Fieldwork reflections from locations in Colombo by Balint Horvarth, Mateo Lu, Fernando Toro, Nada Sallam and Karlene Stubbs with editorial support from Tim Wickson and Barbara Lipietz

2014-17: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Between 2014 and 2017 UDP students worked with Tanzanian NGO Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) and members of the Tanzanian Urban Poor Federation in Dar es Salaam. During this time, students focused on issues including land, housing, solid waste management and environmental hazards (e.g. flooding).


Student reports

•    Building just responses to flooding
•    Transforming Solid Waste Management in Dar es Salaam

Student videos

2011-13: Bangkok, Thailand

Between 2011 and 2013 UDP students worked with the Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI), the communities with whom they work and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR). Over the three years, students focused on the challenges of settlement upgrading and city-scale transformation, using the innovative Baan Mankong Housing Programme as an entry point.

2012: Bridging Co-production of housing at scale

2011: Bridging Co-production of housing at scale

2010: Istanbul, Turkey

In 2010 UDP students travelled to Istanbul to work with local communities to develop strategies capable of promoting the right to the city.

Bridging Place, Space and People

2006-09: Mumbai, India

Between 2005 and 2009 UDP students worked with the National Slum Dwellers Federation, Mahila Milan and SPARC (collectively known as The Alliance) in Mumbai, India. During this three year engagement, UDP students focused on issues that ranged from housing upgrading and relocation to water and sanitation provision.

2009: Community-Driven Housing Policy and Planning

2008: Community-Driven Housing Policy and Planning

2007: Community-Driven Transport Policy and Planning

2006: Community-Driven Housing, Water and Sanitation Policy and Planning

2004-05: Accra, Ghana

Between 2004 and 2005 UDP students worked with a variety of urban development actors in Accra to explore the potential role of pro-poor public private partnerships as a mechanism to improve housing and infrastructure provision for residents of underserved informal settlements.

2005: Development of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA)

2004: Development of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA)