The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Tommaso Gabrieli

Dr Tommaso Gabrieli

Associate Professor

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2015

Research summary

An economist by training, Tommaso's research focuses on the economic analysis of urban policy issues with expertise encompassing several topics: the economic modelling of real estate markets, the financial viability of major urban projects, multi-dimensional value measurements and value-capture, as well as urban policy issues related to segregation, poverty and deprivation. His research combines behavioural economics, game theory, real options analysis, and a range of qualitative empirical methods. He has developed novel expertise in interdisciplinary methods that can bridge urban planning/design to economics and he is one of few economists actively collaborating with scholars in urban planning and urban design in the UK. He has recently participated in two funded projects under the leadership of Prof. Matthew Carmona: “Street Appeal” commissioned by Transport for London, with explicit recognition of its research impact (see https://content.tfl.gov.uk/street-appeal.pdf) and the large “UrbanMaestro” project funded for 1m Euros within the Horizon 2020 programme (see urbanmaestro.org). He is currently leading the project “Future Urban Growth Lab” funded by UCL Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Funding, a scheme supporting projects that connect UCL researchers with communities beyond the university to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise; in this project a team from the Bartlett School of Planning (Tommaso as PI and Prof. Stephen Marshall Co-I) formed a partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Dr. Luca D’Acci (Associate Professor in UrbanStudies at Politecnico of Turin, Italy) with the objective to operationalise an urban growth model prototype and trialling it in a way that is of use to local authorities in envisaging options for future city growth.

Teaching summary

Tommaso has been a university teacher since 2007 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy having completed a PGCAP in 2012 at the University of Reading.

His teaching portfolio encompasses several topics in economics and real estate and his teaching activity aims to endow students with solid economic foundations to solve investment and policy problems in the real estate context. 

At UCL, his teaching is mainly focused on Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation, leading on the modules in Real Estate Appraisal (MSc)  and Real Estate Valuation (BSc), supporting the teaching of valuation topics for project-based work, as well as supervising PhDs and MSc dissertations. At the University of Reading (2010-15) he taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Real Estate Appraisal, Real Estate Investment and Finance, Urban and Real Estate Economics, Mortgage-Backed Securities, Real Options as well as supervising PhDs and MSc dissertations and directing the BSc program in Real Estate Finance and Investment. At City University London (2008-2010) he taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing, Microeconomics as well as supervising PhDs and MSc dissertations. At the University of Warwick (2007-2008) he taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Game Theory, Mathematical Economics and Microeconomics. He has been a guest lecturer at the Catholic University of Milan, City University London and a distance-learning tutor and external examiner at SOAS.



Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow |
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ01 - Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the HE sector |
University of Reading
Doctorate, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2013
University of Warwick
Doctorate, Doctorat | 2009
London School of Economics and Political Science
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2003


Dr. Tommaso Gabrieli MSc PhD is an Associate Professor in Real Estate at the Bartlett School of Planning.

A theoretical economist by training and inspired by the ambrosian tradition of social welfare, Tommaso has a long lasting interest in the socio-economic dynamics of cities, especially the extent of social mobility, the existence of poverty traps and the relative policy implications. His current research focuses on the links between urban planning and real estate dynamics; he has also conducted research on spatial segregation and poverty traps, the application of game theory and real options to real estate valuation, as well as on behavioural economic theory and asset pricing. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Economics from the LSE. Before Joining UCL, Tommaso held academic positions at the University of Reading, City University London, University of Warwick and the Catholic University of Milan.