The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Lucy Natarajan

Dr Lucy Natarajan

Research Fellow

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2012

Research summary

My research centres on the interface between public (communities/stakeholders) and decision-makers (government/professionals). My publications explain 1) the value of lay knowledge to place-making and planning practice & 2) the ways of involving communities in strategic decisions. I have worked on diverse (qualitative and quantitative) research projects contributing to this field.
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. 

Teaching summary

I teach across regeneration, housing, infrastructure, sustainability, 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


I work at UCL teaching, researching, and promoting impact. 

I am an editor of the Built Environment journal. 

I help 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).