The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Lucy Natarajan

Dr Lucy Natarajan

Associate Professor

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2012

Research summary

My research centres on Public Participation in Strategic Urban Decisions, which is currently undervalued.  

I study the interface between public (communities/stakeholders) and decision-makers (government/professionals) in relation to major and large scale urban developments and strategy-making.

I have worked on diverse (qualitative and quantitative) research projects contributing to this field. Currently I am focusing on spatial inequality, ordinary places, and clean air. 

My publications help explain 1) the value of lay knowledge to place-making and planning practice & 2) the ways of involving communities in strategic decisions. 

Teaching summary

I teach across regeneration, housing, infrastructure, sustainability, urban environment, planning practice, and research methods.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2013
London School of Economics and Political Science
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2000
St. Hugh's College, Oxford
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1995


Dr Lucy Natarajan is an Associate Professor at UCL. Her research focuses on Public Participation in Strategic Urban Decisions. 

She is co-editor (1 of 3) of Built Environment journal, and Secretary General of Territoire Europe, an association focusing on sustainable practices and participatory urbanism.

She helps others in publicly engaged planning research and practice, particularly via the Clean Air Community (PI), 'Territoire Europe' (Secretary General), and 'The UK 2070 Commission' (Steering Group Member).

Currently she is focusing on spatial inequality, ordinary places, and clean air. Previously, she  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.