The Bartlett School of Planning


BSP Research funding success through UCL’s Strategic Partner Call

13 December 2022

Nicola Livingstone, Susan Moore and Michael Short have been granted the funding in collaboration with the University of Toronto.

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The Strategic Partner Call builds on existing networks and has been developed through the Global Engagement Office and the VP International at the University of Toronto, providing funding to grow collaborative international projects. The successful research bid will work on a project entitled ‘Critical Dialogues of the Post-Covid City: Urban challenges and sustainable transformations in London and Toronto’, and seeks to expand ideas on our urban environments which emerged through previous funding, workshops and an edited collection – ‘Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism’ (published by UCL Press in 2020). The project will run for 18 months from January 2023, with Nicola Livingstone and Susannah Bunce as PIs, with Susan Moore, Michael Short, Alan Walks and Shauna Brail Co-Is - half the team are UCL based, and the other half at University of Toronto.

The research will draw new insights from market, state and civil society responses to Covid-19 in each city, connecting with the universal challenges embodied in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We will explore how our built environments are responding to SDGs in the post-covid world, focusing on four goals specifically – No Poverty (SDG1), Reduced Inequalities (SDG10), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG9) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11). The partnership will continue to develop through various workshops in London and Toronto, with academics as well as MSc and PhD students, and will generate co-written academic and policy-orientated publications, and original research outputs through blogs and podcasts hosted on a dedicated project website.