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Professor Christoph Lindner

Christoph Lindner is Dean of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and Professor in Urban Studies at University College London (UCL)

The Bartlett Dean Christoph Lindner

Christoph Lindner is Dean of The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, and Professor of Urban Studies at University College London. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographic Society and Royal Society of Arts.

At The Bartlett our work is all about human spaces. That means physical structures like homes, buildings and cities, but also the invisible structures that govern these things: political and legal systems, financial frameworks and social norms, even our understanding of the past, present and future. The Bartlett is home to 13 schools, institutes, centres and units internationally renowned for radical thinking about the structures shaping society today – and how we can build a just, sustainable and healthier future for everyone.

As Dean of The Bartlett, Christoph has focused on advancing two transformative priorities:

  • Advancing equality, diversity and inclusion in the faculty and across the global built environment field, including launching The Bartlett Promise scholarship programme to build a more diverse pipeline of graduates entering built environment professions, and the Race and Spatial Justice Recruitment Focus to create a hub of leading scholarship on race, space and the built environment.
  • Taking action on the global climate crisis by developing radical thinking on climate action through teaching and research, as well as pledging to become a net zero carbon faculty by the year 2030.

Previously, Christoph was Dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon and Professor of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, where he created and led the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, co-founded the Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies, and directed the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.

In addition, he has been a visiting professor at New York University, The New School, University of California-Berkeley, University of Edinburgh, University of Freiburg, Queen Mary University of London, University of Venice, and the University of London Institute in Paris.

Christoph’s scholarship spans the fields of architecture, geography, media studies, visual culture, and urban planning and design, and addresses the interrelations of cities, sustainability, and social-spatial inequality.

He is the author or editor of 15 books, including Aesthetics of Gentrification (2021), The Routledge Companion to Urban Imaginaries (2019), Deconstructing the High Line (2017), Cities Interrupted (2016), Global Garbage (2016), and Imagining New York City (2015).