The Bartlett School of Planning


Public Lecture: Rethinking property-led planning through spatial governance landscapes

27 October 2022, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Public Lecture Series

We are thrilled to warmly welcome all back to campus to join us for our first Public Lecture of the 2022-23 series.

Event Information

Open to





Victoria Howard


The Jeremy Bentham Room
Wilkins Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Today’s metropolises are shaped by property investment, global financial flows, and public policy regulations. These complex spatial governance landscapes are formed by interactions between dynamic networks of actors and regulations within a property-led planning system. However, the link between these scattered and rather uncoordinated investments that shape the built environment, and fragmented regulations that contain contradictions, discrepancies, and diverse perceptions on property investors stays vague. Due to this ever-increasing complexity, tomorrow’s regulators and scholars must be equipped with new skills, perspectives, and data to unravel and navigate these property-led landscapes and better organize interactions within these dynamic spatial governance landscapes. In this annual lecture, Tuna Taşan-Kok builds on fresh observations and data, expanding on how future scholars and regulators could work to better read and navigate these dynamic landscapes by tracing property investors and regulator interactions within spaces and across time.  

About the Speaker

Tuna Taşan-Kok

Professor of Urban Governance and Planning at University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tuna Taşan-Kok’s research explores urban governance in an increasingly property-led planning environment with a view to discuss new ways of policy making, planning, and urban development from a critical perspective. The latest international research she has been co-leading called WHIG (What is Governed in Cities: Residential Investment Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production) studied the complex governance dynamics evident in Amsterdam, London, and Paris, especially in relation to the challenges of residential property production. She is the co-author of the forthcoming monograph Property Markets and Planning Institutions: Reading the Landscape of Spatial Governance in Amsterdam (Routledge). She holds honorary professorship at UCL Bartlett School of Planning, and she is the founder and chair of UGoveRN network. She currently chairs the IJURR Foundation.