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The Bartlett School of Planning (BSP) holds public lectures regularly throughout the academic year. Speakers are drawn from across the world to showcase recent ideas and research.

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2022-23 Public Lecture Series Schedule

Links to event information and registration will be uploaded here in advance of each lecture. In the meantime, here are the dates for your diary:

27th October 2022
Speaker: Tuna Tasan Kok (University of Amsterdam)
Topic: Rethinking property-led planning through spatial governance landscapes

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1st December 2022
Speaker: Francesco Chiodelli (Università degli Studi di Torino)
Topic: The production of informal space

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2nd February 2023
Speaker: Claire Colomb (The Bartlett School of Planning)
Topic: Platform lettings

16th March 2023
Speaker: Franklin Obeng-Odoom (University of Helsinki)
Topic: Georgist policitcal economy

25th May 2023
Speaker: Margaret Crawford (UC Berkeley)
Topic: Everyday Urbanism

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Past Lectures

2021-22 (convened by Professor Nick Gallent)

Thursday 26th May 2022
Speakers: Sharon Zukin 
(Brooklyn College/ CUNY)
Title: Place Making in the Metaverse
Event information
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Tuesday 8th March 2022
Speakers: 
Isabelle Anguelovski and James Connoll
Title: The Green City and Social Injustice
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Thursday 27th January 2022
Speaker: 
Maria Adebowale-Schwarte (Foundation for Future London) 
Title: The Place Making Factor: Disrupting Siloed Thinking to Make Better Places
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Thursday 28th October 2021
Speaker: Professor John Tomaney, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

Title: Social infrastructure and left-behind places: stories from County Durham
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2020 - 2021 (convened by Professor Nick Gallent)

6pm, Thursday 20th May 2021
Speaker: Ann Forsyth, Harvard University
Title: The Annual Sir Peter Hall Lecture: Healthy Cities and Communities after COVID-19
Event information
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Thursday 25th February 2021
Speaker: Libby Porter, RMIT University
Title: Precarities of dwelling in the settler-colonial city
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Wednesday 25th November 2020
Speaker: Desiree Fields, The University of California, Berkeley
Title: Racialised Geographies of Housing Financialisation
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Wednesday 28th October 2020
Speaker: Rebecca Chiu, The University of Hong Kong
Title: Urbanism and older people’s mental wellbeing
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2019 - 2020 (convened by Professor John Tomaney)

Thursday 31st October 2019
Speaker:  Karel Williams and Julie Froud
Title: Foundational Liveability Place and Planning
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Thursday 30th January 2020
Speaker: Lynne Sagalyn
Title: Power at Ground Zero - Rebuilding Lower Manhattan
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Thursday 27th February 2020
Speaker: Professor Andy Pike
Title: Is fixing infrastructure in the London global city-region undermining the UK?
Event information 
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Thursday 4th June 2020
Speaker: Rt. Hon. Lord Kerslake
Title: The UK2070 Commission on regional inequalities
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2018 - 2019 (convened by Professor John Tomaney)

25th October 2018 'Cities in Time: Temporary Urbanism and the Future of Cities' Professor Ali Madanipour, University of Newcastle


29th November 2018 'Urban Transformation and sustainable development: from Beijing to ManchesterProfessor Cecilia Wong, University of Manchester


31st January 2019 'Design for Wellbeing' Professor Sadie Morgan, dRMM


28th February 2019 'Spatial Rationalities of Urban Inequality in the United States'  Professor Aseem Inam, University of Cardiff


5th June 2019 The Annual Sir Peter Hall Lecture 'Metabolic Suburbia: Facing the connectivity of the extended urban world' Professor Roger Keil, UCL

2017 - 2018 (convened by Professor John Tomaney)

26th October 2017

'The Urban Displacement Project: Urban Data Science for Policy Change' Professor Karen Chapple, University of California, Berkeley

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30th November 2017 

'Planning in Northern Ireland – Where are we now?' Fiona McCandless

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25th January 2018 

'Rethinking the Economics of Land HousingDr Josh Ryan-Collins

Watch on UCL Media Central.


24th May 2018 

'Planning centrality, market instruments: Governing Chinese urban', Fulong Wu

2016 - 2017 (convened by Professor John Tomaney)

27th October 2016

'When and Why do We Overbuild?' Professor Rachel Weber, University of Illinois, Chicago

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1st December 2016

'Planning, Politics and the Global Housing Market: Perspectives from Australia' Professor Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney

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26th January 2017

'New York City’s Affordable Housing Plan Under Mayor De Blasio and the Limits of Local Initiative' Professor Alex Schwartz, The New School, New York

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23rd February 2017

'Milton Keynes at 50. A planner’s perspective' Anna Rose, Director – Growth, Economy and Culture at Milton Keynes Council and President, Planning Officers Society

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25th May 2017

The Annual Sir Peter Hall Lecture 'Creative Improvisation and Critical Pragmatism' Professor John Forester, Cornell University, New York

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2015 - 2016 (convened by Professor John Tomaney)

29th October 2015

'London: The World’s Greatest Unplanned City' Professor Peter Rees, CBE, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

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26th November 2015

'Tracking and Explaining Neighbourhood Chance in U.S. Metro Areas, 1990 to 2010' Professor John D Landis, University of Pennsylvaia

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28th January 2016

'A Growing London: The Importance of Crossrail 2' Dr Michèle Dix, CBE, Managing Director of Planning, Transport for London

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25th February 2016

'Data-driven, Networked Urbanism' Professor Rob Kitchin, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

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26th May 2016

The Annual Sir Peter Hall Lecture 'Planning the social: diversity beyond recognition?' Professor Ruth Fincher, University of Melbourne

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2011 - 2012 (convened by Dr Jung Won Sonn)

12th October 2011

'Tram Trains as a Catalyst for City Region Building' Professor Helmut Holzapfel, University of Kassel


16 November 2011

'Addressing the Policy Integration Probematic from a Co-Evolution Perspective' Professor Yvonne Rydin and Dr Catalina Turcu, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL


23 November 2011

'Thirty Global Planning Success Stories' Professor John D Landis, University of Pennsylvania


18th January 2012

'Parochialism - a defence' Professor John Tomaney, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL


22nd February 2012

'Cracking Hegemony: regionalism and state rescaling in South Korean, 1960s' Don-wan Kim, Korean Research Foundation


7th March 2012

'Tech City and the London Economy' Dr Max Nathan, LSE


21st March 2012

'Community Planning and Transition' Richard Nunes, University of Reading

2010 - 2011 (convened by Dr Jung Won Sonn)

20th October 2010

'Planning, Localism and the Big Society' Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Association


17th November 2010 

'Mega-events and urban spatial restricting: the case of 2010 Summer Asian Games in Guangzhou China' Hyun-Bang Shin Lecturer, LSE


 24th November 2010

'From Metropolitan to Regional Urbanisation' Edward Soja, Distinguished Professor Emiritus, LSE


8th December 2010

'Research Questions arising from Public Engagement in London Planning' Professor Michael Edwards, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL


12th January 2011

'Life After Regions? The evolution of city-regionalism in England' Dr John Harrison, Loughborough University


26th January 2011

'Sub-national economic policy: are local Enterprise Partnerships the right way forward?' Paul Hildreth, University of Salford 


9th February 2011

'Methodological Challenges in Local Development Analysis' Professor Frank Moulaert, University of Leuven


23rd February 2011

'Migration of Creative Class' Dr Maria Abreu, University of Cambridge


8th March 2011

'Policy Responses to Deindustrialisation: Four UK Cities’ Experiences' Ann Markusen, Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota


17th March 2011
'Planning’s Future – Futures Planning: Planning in an Era of Global (Un)certainty and Transformation. A response to the theme of the 2011 World Planning Schools Conference' Professor Robert Freestone, University of New South Wales

23rd March 2011

'University and the City' John Goddard, Professor Emeritus, Newcastle University


26th May 2011

'Canberra – Myths and Models Reloaded' Dr Friedhelm Fischer, University of Kassel

2009 - 2010 (convened by Professor Nick Phelps)

22nd September 2009

'European Metroscapes: the production of lived mobilities within the socio-technical Metrosystems in Copenhagen, London, and Paris' Professor Ole B. Jensen, Aalborg University


15th October 2009

'Mapping London’s skyline: The project-based networks of London’s buildings' Dr Oliver Mould, Royal Holloway


12th November 2009

'Picking your partners: how does the research standing of academics influence their relationships with industry?' Dr Markus Perkmann, Imperial College Business School


26th November 2009

'Gated Communities and Social Segregation? The case of a gated community and its surrounding area in Mendoza, Argentina' Dr Sonia Roitman, University of Queensland


10th December 2009

'Building trust in planning: understanding the contested legitimacy of a planning decision' Dr Malcolm Tait, The University of Sheffield


27th January 2010

'European Experiences in Planning for Major Infrastructure' Dr Tim Marshall, Oxford Brookes University


24th February 2010

'Institutional Changes, Foreign Direct Investment and the re-structuring of the Food Retail Industry in Post-WTO-Entry China' Wance Tacconnelli, University of Surrey


10th March 2010

'The Rise of Amsterdam as the Cultural Capital of the Netherlands. Long-Term Shifts in Polycentric Divisions of Labour in Cultural Industries in the Netherlands' Professor Robert Kloosterman, University of Amsterdam


17th March 2010

'Zero-Carbon Built Environment Networks', Professor Yvonne Rydin, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL


24th March 2010

'A Green Belt Under Pressure' Dr Nicky Morrison, University of Cambridge

 

2008 - 2009 (convened by Professor Nick Phelps)

22nd September 2008

'European Metroscapes: the production of lived mobilities within the socio-technical Metrosystems in Copenhagen, London, and Paris' Professor Ole B. Jensen, Aalborg University 


15th October 2008

'Mapping London's skyline: The project-based networks of London's buildings' Dr Oliver Mould, Royal Holloway


12th November 2008

'Picking your partners: how does the research standing of academics influence their relationships with industry?' Dr Markus Perkmann, Imperial College Business School


26th November 2008

'Gated Communities and Social Segregation? The case of a gated community and its surrounding area in Mendoza, Argentina' Dr Sonia Roitman, University of Queensland


10th December 2008

'Building trust in planning: understanding the contested legitimacy of a planning decision' Dr Malcolm Tait, The University of Sheffield


27th January 2009

'Local Policies for Global Problems: New Challenges for Implementation' Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira, United Nations University


11th February 2009

'From Factorial Ecology to Ecological Sensing: A Case Study of Canterbury' Dr Dan O'Donoghue, Canterbury Christ Church University


25th February 2009

'Creativity, Network and Openness - The Potential Value of an Open Source Approach to Support Practitioners in Planning for Sustainability' Dr Joanne Tippett, University of Manchester


25th March 2009

'Planning for Rural Housing: Policy and Politics in Ireland' Dr Mark Scott, University College Dublin


27th May 2009

'The Uses of Planning Theory' Professor John Friedmann, University of British Columbia