The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Michael Short

Dr Michael Short

Principal Teaching Fellow in Planning

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
14th Sep 2015

Research summary

An urbanist and conservator interested in issues of design quality in the historic environment, I undertake practice-based projects, teaching and research across the planning-urban design-conservation fields with my interests centred around the management of change in complex urban areas. In addition, I am interested in pedagogies for diversity.

I supervise the following PhDs as primary supervisor:

Shiyuan HE Temporary intervention as a tool for urban regeneration: the case of London, with Dr Pablo Sendra.

Mengci XIAO Exploring a Sustainable Historic Framework Through Stakeholder Involvement Strategies in China, with Dr Lucy Natarajan.

Abir ELTAYEB  Rethinking the Role of the Lebanese Urban Planning Law in Times of Intersectional Crises and Austerity to Urban Public Serviceswith Professor Claudio De Magalhães.

And as secondary supervisor:

Ding XU Towards a model of sustainable heritage in Chinese historic cities, with Professor Kalliopi Fouseki.

Anon CHAIMANEE The Historical Traces of Residual Rhythms in Maintaining the Identity, Authenticity and Sense of Place in a Contemporary City, with Dr Filipa Wunderlich.

Miguel HINCAPIÉ TRIVIÑO Landscape character conservation through local communities’ participation: The case of Colombian cultural landscapes, with Professor Elisabete Cidre.

Diana RAHMAN Establishing sustainable tourism management at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in developing countries: case study of Indonesia, with Professor Kalliopi Fouseki.

Vafa DIANATI  The Dynamics of Place Attachment and Perceived Density; Exploring the Impact of Urban Densification on Social Sustainability in Tehran, with Dr Catalina Turcu.

Teaching summary

I am a passionate teacher who seeks to engage and inspire students to achieve their full potential in their studies. coordinate the following modules:

BPLN0005 Plan-Making Studio I (PG)

BPLN0007 Work Placement in City Planning (PG)

BPLN0008 Dissertation in City Planning (PG)

BPLN0068 Planning Practices for Urban Development in Historic Areas (PG)

I also contribute to a range of modules across the School and Faculty.

I have been nominated for the following Student Choice Awards by students:

Excellent Personal Tutoring' 2019-20.

'Inspiring Teaching Delivery’ and ‘Amazing Support’ 2018-19.

Excellent Personal Tutoring’ 2017-18.

Outstanding Teaching’, and ‘Outstanding Personal Support’ 2016-2017.


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow |
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ07 - Holder of a PGCE in higher education, secondary edu, further edu, life long lear |
University of West England
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Education | 2009
University of Manchester
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2007
Sheffield Hallam University
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2001
University of Dundee
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1994


I have been at the Bartlett since September 2015 having worked as a planner/urban designer/conservation officer across a range of public and private organisations; for Salford City Council as the lead officer negotiating the design integration of the Metrolink tram system extension to Eccles (1994-97), as Senior Planner with Barton Willmore Planning Partnership (1998-99), then Network Rail as their conservation officer dealing with historic environment issues within the company’s estate (1999-2001). I then ran a two year ESRC-funded research project at the University of Manchester looking at strategic environmental assessment in plan-making (2001-2003). I read for my PhD at the University of Manchester looking at the impact of skyscraper proposals on the character of place, co-funded by the ESRC and English Heritage (now Historic England), and supervised by Professor Michael Hebbert (now UCL) and Dr Aidan While (now University of Sheffield) from 2003 to 2007. I worked at UWE Bristol from 2008-15 as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Conservation.

I am a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), and am an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.

I run the new 2-year MPlan City Planning programme. This innovative programme explores both domestic and international planning practice and culture, and offers the opportunity to further embed learning through either a term spent in planning practice, or at an international partner institution.

I have been a member of UCL's Academic Board since 2016, and have recently been elected to serve as a UK representative (substitute, from June 2020) to the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

I joined UCL's LGBTQ+ Equality Advisory Group (LEAG) in November 2020.