The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Iqbal Hamiduddin

Dr Iqbal Hamiduddin

Associate Professor in Transport Planning and Housing

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
5th Jan 2009

Research summary

Since joining the Bartlett School of Planning in 2007 I have led or been a member of more than a dozen research projects spanning the fields of transport, planning for housing, governance of planning, and rural development, with funding from a diverse range of organisations including the European Union, Economic & Social Research Council, Global Challenges Research Fund, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, English Rural and the UCL Grand Challenges programme. From these I have published more than 70 articles, reports, chapters and conference papers. Recent major outputs include the edited book Self-Build Homes (with Michaela Benson, UCL Press, London) and the co-authored books New Money in the Countryside (with Nick Gallent, Meri Juntti, Nicola Livingstone and Phoebe Stirling; Palgrave, London) and Introduction to Rural Planning (with Nick Gallent, Meri Juntti, Sue Kidd and Dave Shaw; Routledge, London). I am an Editorial Board member of the scientific journal, Sustainability.


I undertake public engagement activities to discuss planning matters with a wider audience. Examples include invitations to speak at Future Build, Bradford Literature Festival, England, Grand Designs Live’ and media appearances on ABC Radio and the Spectator podcast series. I have recently undertaken consultancy work for the RTPI, UK Cohousing Network and Studio 8 (Ikea).

Teaching summary

I have been Course Director for the MSc Housing & City Planning since 2017 and I teach on the BSc Urban Planning, Design and Management programme, and MSc Transport & City Planning. I routinely guest lecture at universities across London, including at Westminster, South Bank and Liverpool University. In 2015 I spent time as a Visiting Scholar at the Department for Engineering, University of Wuppertal, Germany. 

I coordinate and teach  the following modules in the Bartlett School of Planning:

BPLN 0018 - Management of Housing Projects (MSc)

BPLN 0076 - Beyond Cities (BSc)

BPLN 0105 - Transport Consultancy Project (MSc)

I also supervise a number of PhD students in the fields of transport, housing and rural development,


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2013
University of Durham
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1999


My work focuses on smaller settlements and urban neighbourhoods, understanding how the forces that shape these smaller scales of place affect the way that lives are lived and the implications for social and environmental sustainability in turn. The majority of the world’s population continues to live in smaller settlements, whilst in larger places, neighbourhood characteristics exert important determinants of patterns and qualities of life. The covid-19 pandemic has served to reinforce the importance of the local in the lives of working-age people (something never lost on the young, the old and those looking after them).


Much of my work falls at the overlap of the sub-disciplines of transport planning and planning for housing. My core work has been in examining how two elemental shaping forces of transport and housing delivery affect patterns of living and community development, key determinants of environmental and social sustainability, respectively. 

My core work began with my PhD that looked at the social outcomes of different neighbourhood car reduction strategies, and has continued through research into compact city and car-free living across different European cities, through to my ongoing Global South work, via the UNAA project work that I lead, which looks at the life patterns of those living with and without access to the car in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. Further strands of my work look at alternative models of housing delivery such as self-build and community-led housing; rural housing issues including second homes and community action on housing; rural transport; rural development; and the shaping of new urban neighbourhoods through real estate investments and the processes that govern that investment, via the WHIG project.   


Prior to joining the Bartlett, I served as an officer in the Royal Navy from 2000-07.