The Bartlett School of Planning


Dr Francesca Elizabeth Froy

Visiting Lecturer in Urban Economies

The Bartlett School of Planning
Faculty of the Built Environment

Research summary

Francesca’s research focuses on economic complexity and the spatial organisation of cities. She is interested in how urban morphology, and the spatial configuration of street networks, influences economic activities. She also explores how the current economic structure of cities reflects the historical evolution of diverse but interdependent industry sectors. Francesca has written articles for the Oxford Review of Economic Policy and European Planning Studies amongst other journals and she sits on the Editorial Board for the Local Economy Journal.


University College London

  • Doctorate, Doctor of Architecture | 2021

University College London

  • Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2014

University of Reading

  • Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1996

University College London

  • First Degree, Bachelor of Anthropology | 1994



Francesca lectures on urban economies at the School of Planning. She is also a Research Associate of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Until 2015, she was a senior policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where she led international reviews on local policy implementation and governance. She evaluated European Commission-funded urban and regional policies based in Brussels from 2001-5 and before this worked as a local housing initiatives coordinator for Reading Borough Council. She is currently Co-investigator for an Alan Turing Institute project exploring how new infrastructure investment could further join up embedded knowledge in Northern cities.