The Bartlett School of Planning

Prof Nick Gallent

Prof Nick Gallent

Professor of Housing and Planning

Head of Department

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Sep 1999

Research summary

Nick is a housing specialist whose research focuses on UK planning policy as it pertains to housing delivery and as it affects rural communities.  He has conducted research for a wide range of funding bodies.  His research has been disseminated in fourteen published books, mainly dealing with housing, planning, rural communities and the countryside, and in a large number of peer-reviewed articles and book contributions.  Recent research has focused on:

  • Planning for housing in the UK
  • Securing affordable housing through planning
  • Countryside planning and rural communities
  • The rural-urban fringe and planning for peri-urban areas
  • Rural housing markets, second homes and counter-urbanisation
  • Housing standards
  • Community governance, planning and housing development
  • Residential development processes and politics


Teaching summary

Nick is a university teacher with more than 20 years’ experience in higher education.  He has taught across a range of topics but currently focuses on planning for housing and countryside planning, having co-authored key course texts on these subjects.  He spent 11 years at UCL coordinating professional MSc planning programmes.  He was Faculty Tutor for MSc Students across the Faculty of the Built Environment between 2010 and 2014, and in that capacity served as a member of UCL's MSc Scholarships Panel.  Nick is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and completed professional training as a University teacher at Manchester in 1998.  He has contributed, as guest lecturer, to teaching programmes at the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham, at London South Bank University and the LSE, and also at the Department of Urban Studies at Roma 3.



University of Wales, Aberystwyth
BSc Hons, Geography | 1992


Nick Gallent is Professor of Housing and Planning and Head of the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL.  He began his career at the University of Wales, completing doctoral research into the supply of housing in rural areas and the effectiveness of emergent 'planning and affordable housing' mechanisms, in 1995.   He then worked at Cardiff and Manchester Universities before taking up a lectureship at UCL in 1999.  He is a geographer by training and was elected a Chartered Member of both the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2002 and 2007 respectively.  He became a RICS Fellow in 2014, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) in 2015 and a Fellow of the RTPI in 2017.  He maintains a range of professional interests and is currently Chair of the RTPI's Partnership and Accreditation Panel.  He served, until 2013, as an elected member of the Town and Country Planning Association's Policy Council.