The Bartlett School of Planning


UCL interviews Dr Claire Colomb about Cities partnerships Programme

8 April 2019

Dr Claire Colomb, Reader in the Bartlett School of Planning, has been interviewed for UCL News about her involvement in the Cities partnerships Programme (CpP). The call for seed funding for Paris- and Rome-focused collaborations is now open (closing date 17 May 2019).

Dr Claire Colomb

In June 2018 Dr Claire Colomb was selected to steer the Paris programme of the CpP. The UCL Cities partnerships Programme was created in 2018 to strengthen UCL’s commitment to European, and international, collaborations in a post-Brexit scenario. 

It supports, funds and promotes academic collaborations in research and teaching with partners in global cities across the world. Focusing on a city, rather than a specific organisation, gives UCL academics the possibility to work with the individuals and institutions that they feel are the best in their particular field. The three-year programme in each city will entail:

  • Seed funding to nurture and support interdisciplinary academic work with partners in the city
  • Engaging audiences in and beyond academia through a curated series of events with partner institutions
  • Complementary activity with existing events and networks to support student mobility and engage alumni and the public

The outcomes of the CpP will include academic-led activities with partners; new research collaborations leading to joint applications for external funding; new partnerships leading to dual degrees, short courses, research hub(s) and opportunities for students; or bilateral opportunities for staff mobility.

As a passionate European with transnational attachments, I was excited to be able to contribute in a positive way to UCL’s efforts to strengthen its engagement with its European neighbours in the very challenging context of Brexit.

Dr Colomb discusses CpP and her role in depth in the interview.