The Bartlett School of Planning

Prof Claire Colomb

Prof Claire Colomb

Professor of Urban Studies and Planning

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2001

Research summary

My research interests span across the following themes:

Comparative urban & regional planning and European public policies:

- The impact of the European Union on spatial planning and territorial development policies / the Europeanisation of public policies

- European cross-border and transnational cooperation and policy learning between local or regional governments

- Devolution, territorial politics and spatial planning in the UK and Europe

- Comparative spatial planning systems and cultures and the changing politics of planning

The contentious politics of urban development: urban governance, public policies and social mobilisations:

- The contested politics of urban entrepreneurialism, place marketing and urban regeneration

- The politics of culture and memory in urban space

- The social equity impacts of urban policies / planning and the politics of difference

- Urban social movements, citizens’ activism and land or urban development conflicts

- The implications of platform capitalism and ‘platform real estate’ for cities and urban governance

- Urban social movements, ‘new municipalism’ and progressive city governments

- International comparison in urban studies / global comparative urbanism

Teaching summary

I have been teaching at the Bartlett School of Planning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 2001 in the fields of urban sociology, urban politics, UK and international comparative planning.

I am a regular guest lecturer at various European universities in France, Germany, Spain and Belgium.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2008
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 2000
Institut d'etudes politiques (IEP), Paris
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1998


I have a first degree in Social and Political Sciences from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) and a MPhil/PhD in Town Planning from University College London, the Bartlett School of Planning. I am currently studying part-time at SOAS for an MSc in Politics of Asia (South Asia), to expand my research outside Europe.

Prior to becoming a full-time Lecturer at UCL in January 2005, I worked for three years as Project Developer for the European Union Programme INTERREG IIIB North-West Europe, which funds transnational co-operation projects across 8 European countries.

Over the past 20 years I have lived, worked and researched in France, the UK, Germany and Spain (Catalonia), and speak English, French, German, Spanish and Catalan.

I am a Chartered Member of the RTPI and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.