The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Lucy Natarajan

Dr Lucy Natarajan

Research Associate - REF Support

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
7th Jan 2013

Research summary

My research centres on the relationship between the public and government, looking across diverse stakeholders, uses of new technologies, and building knowledge in Public Decision-making. My recent publications explain 1) the value of lay knowledge to spatial planning & 2) difficulties in involving communities major renewable infrastructure. Currently I am investigating 1) Blockchain Use, and 2) Environmental Monitoring.

I work in both quantitative and qualitative research 'modes'. Since 2002, I have conducted a range of studies across public health, spatial planning, and regulatory processes. These include the AHRC-funded project on the Governance of Urban Design (that led to the establishment of the Place Alliance), an ESRC-funded project on the role of the Publics in Evidence for 'Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects', and a UKRI-funded project on Public Engagement with Scientific Research on 'Grand Challenges'. 

Teaching summary

I teach across a broad scope of subject matter, including regeneration, infrastructure, and planning practice, but my key areas are Spatial Planning, Public Participation, and Research Methods.


University College London
PhD, Planning studies | 2013
London School of Economics and Political Science
MSc, Social Policy | 2000
St. Hugh's College, Oxford
BA, French and German | 1995


Currently I work at UCL teaching, researching and preparing for 'REF 2012'. I also lecture at both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes and I am also an editor of the Built Environment journal. 

Previously, I have worked as the Principal Researcher in the international department of the RTPI, the Global Planners Network, the Commonwealth Association of Planners, and in the National Center for Social Research working to the UK Government.