The Bartlett



The focus of multi and interdisciplinary research at The Bartlett is finding solutions to real-world problems. Here you can learn more about our work, through accessible articles, events, podcasts and more.

Event series 

Our academics speak with external experts in our online and in-person events, open to the public. Attend a session or view recordings of previous sessions.

Sustainable Places

Join The Bartlett's monthly online public event series to explore new ideas and solutions for cities and human structures that protect people, nature and our planet.

Inclusive Spaces

Join The Bartlett’s monthly Inclusive Spaces event series to explore equity, diversity and inclusion in the built environment.

Upcoming Sustainable Places events

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Expert views

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Building Better

Our academic experts talk about their research and why it matters in our regular Building Better podcast, hosted by Dean Christoph Lindner. 

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Not Enough Space

In the latest episode of Building Better, we explore the UK housing crisis, its causes and potential solutions for the future.  

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The Bartlett Review

Published annually, The Bartlett Review looks back at the work done and perspectives developed over the previous 12 months at UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment. Explore this digital magazine to learn more about what we do and the latest insights in the built environment field.
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The Bartlett Review 2022

This latest edition of our global review explores pressing questions for cities and communities worldwide, and reimagines how our spaces and structures can help all living beings to thrive in a shared world.


Explore content covering some of key themes we address at The Bartlett


How to decarbonise the British economy
Developed by an Energy Institute-led consortium, the UK TIMES model underpins government plans to transition the UK to a low-carbon future.

How the blockchain could pave the way to a sustainable energy economy
Peer-to-peer energy trading could hold the key to the future of sustainable energy generation, where many of us will both generate electricity as well as use it.

How shipping got onboard with decarbonisation
The Bartlett’s Energy Institute is behind research helping to shape shipping’s transition to a low-carbon future.

Why global groundwater depletion could cause food insecurity
The future of food security is at risk from farmers using groundwater faster than it can be replenished, finds Bartlett researcher Dr Carole Dalin.

How much of the world's fossil fuel reserves can we afford to burn?
Two Bartlett researchers looked at all the world’s fossil-fuel reserves – and found that most of them would need to stay in the ground.

Why green infrastructure means business
The need for long-term income streams is changing the nature of real estate investment; this could make for some very different built landscapes in future.

Why climate change is a global health issue
A Bartlett team's financial analyses reveal the health benefits of getting tough on the causes of climate change.

Together for Climate Action

Our Together for Climate Action campaign brings together insights and views from The Bartlett's network of subject experts.

Community engagement

Engineering Exchange: Connecting communities with engineers
The Engineering Exchange gives local communities access to pro-bono engineering and built-environment expertise when they need it most.

Practicing participatory design of public spaces
A collaboration between Bartlett academics and alumni enabled Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian residents to co-design a public space that works for everyone.

How universities can be better neighbours
Clare Melhuish's five case studies on university-led regeneration shows higher education institutions should listen carefully when planning expansion.

Reducing disaster risk in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Urban Ark project is investigating how towns in Sub-Saharan Africa can tackle building risk outside of the formal planning system.

How to help communities thrive in the age of mass displacement
The RELIEF Centre aims to radically rethink how to build a prosperous and inclusive future for communities uprooted indefinitely by wars or oppression.

Transforming informal settlements to protect residents' rights
From its base in Freetown, the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre is working to ensure residents' rights in informal settlements across the country.


Partnerships at The Bartlett

We don’t work in isolation. Engagement, collaboration and innovation with enterprises, policymakers and local communities is a key part of what we do at The Bartlett, and the cornerstone of our research impact. Find out more about our work and how you can get involved.


The people’s prescription: Public value for the NHS
The Bartlett’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose is working with UK healthcare campaigners to remind policy-makers of the importance of universal affordable healthcare.

How building layouts drive social interaction
Dr Kerstin Sailer explains how the design decisions of architects have an impact on people’s behaviour within buildings – and why understanding this is important.

Monitoring bovine TB in Ethiopia
Social scientists at The Bartlett worked with epidemiologists, immunologists and geneticists to tackle the spread of bovine TB in Ethiopia’s burgeoning dairy industry.


Launching a citizen-led prosperity index
The Prosperity Index for London is a ground-breaking initiative from The Bartlett's Institute for Global Prosperity rethinking what prosperity means with, and for, Londoners.

Co-creating prosperity
How do you create space for debate, elevate diverse voices and facilitate radical policy change for what it means to live a prosperous life?

What can maps tell us about society?
Professor Laura Vaughan's spatial analysis of historical maps has uncovered a depth, nuance and texture to the city often missing from pure statistical data.


Our schools and institutes

Finding solutions to the complex built environment challenges we currently face requires diverse perspectives and expertise. We are the largest and most multidisciplinary faculty of our kind in the UK.

The future built environment

Inventing future cities
Professor Michael Batty, Emeritus Professor of Planning at The Bartlett School of Advanced Spatial Analysis, on how city planning must evolve in the next 100 years.

London in 100 years
Paul Dobraszczyk imagines a dystopian future for the city in which its inhabitants' survival depends on salvaging the wastes of an economic system long gone.

Deflating Africa's urban disaster risk bubble
Emmanuel Osuteye reports from Africa 100 years from now, where a better understanding of everyday risks has spared the continent the worst impacts of its rapid urbanisation.

After Nations
What might happen as the climate breaks down and artificial intelligence rises up? David Bent imagines a disrupted 22nd century world where countries have been replaced by machine-human 'Integrities'.

Fully-automated architecture
Mollie Claypool on whether the fully automated production of the built environment could drive more efficient, sustainable and inclusive architecture and construction processes.

What does the ultimate service offering look like? Michael Fell considers the logical extreme for the trend in 'as-a-service' business models.

Reconciling humans and machines with nature
How can we make technology work for humans? Eleni Papadonikolaki reflects on what the built environment could be like if we asked a different set of questions.

Future-casting for a Goldilocks universe
Alan Penn asks: Why does our universe have just the right number of dimensions to allow us to tie knots? And does this hold the key to forecasting social and economic systems beyond ‘the singularity?

History of ideas at The Bartlett

We all live in Tolmers Square
In 1973, Bartlett student Nick Wates’ 3rd-year report started a campaign to prevent a speculative office development from destroying an inner London neighbourhood. It’s still talked about today.

Ruth glass and coining ‘gentrification’
Sociologist Ruth Glass coined the term 'gentrification' in 1964 to describe change in London, while working at UCL's Centre for Urban Studies.

Inventing the dropped curb
How alumnus and author of 1963's Designing for the Disabled, Selwyn Goldsmith, used his own life experience to bring accessible design to cities.

Setting the standard for street lighting
Lighting expert Peter Raynham helped usher in a shift to safer, cheaper, more energy-efficient street lights in the UK.

The future of energy research
By applying epidemiology to energy, Bartlett academics at the Energy Institute are radically changing how energy consumption data is gathered and analysed.

Re-politicising gender planning
Since the 1980s, the Gender Policy and Planning Programme at The Bartlett has been on a mission to further the research and theory for achieving gender parity.

Putting management into construction
Peter Morris championed a holistic, integrative approach to construction management, developing a project as it evolved through a series of stages.

Space syntax: The human dimension of architectural space
The theory and practice of ‘space syntax’ emerged at The Bartlett in the 1970s as a means to model the use of architectural and urban space scientifically.


The Bartlett Brief

Sign up to The Bartlett Brief, our monthly exploration of the most radical and advanced thinking on the built environment from our world-leading experts at The Bartlett.