The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Sonia Arbaci Sallazzaro

Dr Sonia Arbaci Sallazzaro

Associate Professor

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
26th Sep 2005

Research summary

I am interested in international comparative studies from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, with a particular attention to (Southern) European cities. My research foci on ethnic residential segregation and the role of the state in the production of inequality sit between a broader understanding of the various European housing systems and welfare regimes, and the impact of  urban policies and regeneration programmes in relation to mechanisms of redistribution and of marginalisation. My interest in urban processes ranges from the production of the built environment to urban and social changes (e.g. gentrification, peripheralisation, etc.), and with a critical look at policies for social and tenure mixing, de-segregation, and lately on financialisation of social housing.

Between 2012 and 2014 I have developed a research project on ‘’DiverCities: Neighbourhood interventions, and social and ethnic mix: the tackling of urban inequalities’’ funded by the Marie Curie Programme (FP7 – PEOPLE Intra-European fellowship) and hosted at the Pompeu Fabra University, Dept. of Political and Social Science, Barcelona.

I have been collaborating with a variety of Universities across Europe in international research projects and research networks (EU URBAN INNOVATIVE Action, COST Action).

Teaching summary

Currently I am the Director of MSc in International Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, where I have been teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level since 2003 on strategic planning projects, production of the built environment and comparative housing studies. I am a guest lecturer at various European universities in Spain, Portugal and Italy on European housing systems and urban programmes, production of urban inequalities and ethnic residential segregation.

Current teaching

BPLN0006 - Plan-Making Studio II (MPlan City Planning)

BPLN0046 - International Planning Project (MSc International Planning)

BPLN0020 - Critical Debates in Housing Development (MSc Housing & City Planning)



ENVS2010 – Strategic Planning Project (BSc Urban Studies)

ENVS2019 – Production of the Built Environment (BSc Urban Planning, Design & Management)

BENVGPLD – Space & Place B (MSc Spatial Planning)


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2007
Politecnico di Milano
Other higher degree, Master of Architecture | 1995


I am an Associate Professor in Spatial Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London and my career spans the field of education and professional practices.

I have a wide appreciation of planning, housing, social and urban issues, having worked for both public and private sector as a chartered practitioner Architect and city Planner in Italy, Spain, Portugal, UK and USA (NY), and having researched and taught in several European countries.