The Bartlett School of Planning

Prof Lauren Andres

Prof Lauren Andres

Professor of Planning and Urban Transformations

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2020

Research summary

My work and contribution sit within the interface of planning, urban studies and geography. My research focuses on the temporary and more permanent transformations faced by cities, people and places, in both developed (Europe, USA, Hong Kong) and developing contexts (South and East Africa, India, Brazil, Lebanon). I have an extensive track record in securing UKRI funding and leading interdisciplinary and comparative research. I am currently leading the ESRC/TAP PANEX – YOUTH project ‘Adaptations of young people in monetary-poor households for surviving and recovering from COVID-19 and associated lockdowns’ (2022-2024). See: https://panexyouth.com/ 


My core and primary interest in unwrapping urban transformations and its impact for urban and international planning has evolved and expanded conceptually, theoretically and geographically along the years. From a focus on urban regeneration, brownfield development and sustainable planning, it then included everyday, temporary and longer-term socio-economic and spatial adaptations, power mechanisms and their impact for urban and community resilience and planning; in the past five years, I have interrogated the implication of urban transformations for planning education and practice, for ‘temporary urbanism’ _ concept that I have developed and theorised _ and lately for the post-pandemic city.

I have published over 80 research outputs and this includes 4 books/edited books with two others under contract along with numerous papers in leading international journals (Urban Studies, Planning Theory, Progress in Human Geography, International Journal for Urban and Regional Research, Regional Studies, Environment and Planning A, etc.).

Teaching summary

For over 15 years I have been training planning and geography students at all levels. At UCL/BSP, in 2020/21 and 2021/22 I am leading and coordinating the Year 1 Module ‘Planning History and Thought’, the MSc module ‘Comparative Urban Projects’, the newly developed elective MSc module “sustainability, resilience and climate change” . In 2019/20 and 2020/21, I was also teaching on “Case Studies in Preparing Regeneration Projects”, ‘Critical Issues in Infrastructure Funding and Finance” and ‘Critical Debates in Real Estate and Planning.


I joined the Bartlett School of Planning in January 2020 as Associate Professor in Urban Planning and was promoted to Full Professor in 2022. I was previously a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Spatial Planning, at the University of Birmingham (2009-2019). I originally trained in France, as an urban geographer (BSc-2002, MSc-2003) and urban planner (M.Phil-2004). I completed my PhD in Urban Planning in 2008, at the 'Institut d'urbanisme de Grenoble' (Université Pierre Mendes France) where I was also lecturing (part-time and full-time) between 2004 and 2008.