The Bartlett School of Planning


Prof Yvonne Rydin

Chair of Planning Environment and Public Policy

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2006

Research summary

I am a specialist on governing for urban sustainability. I have researched a wide variety of policy domains relevant to urban sustainability including, most recently, urban community energy and major renewable energy infrastructure. Conceptually I have used network metaphors to understand processes of governing, including social capital, as well as deploying discourse analysis. Over recent years, I have been exploring the contribution of socio-technical studies to understanding governing for urban sustainability. This has led to an emphasis on the construction and performance of knowledge within planning processes, including the role of classificatory systems (such as BREEAM and sustainability indicators) and the implications of socio-materiality (for example, within the assemblages and financial models of urban energy initiatives). A co-edited book on planning and regulation is currently in production drawing on the insights from studying institutions, materiality and knowledge claims. I am also currently researching the role of knowledge in planning across different local economic contexts, with an emphasis on the problems facing low-growth localities and how these may be overcome through new models of the economy, society and planning processes. 

Teaching summary

My main teaching is in two areas. Sustainable Property: Investment, Development, Valuation is a module within the MSc Sustainable Urbanism although it is available to other students. Governance for Urban Sustainability and Inclusion is a module specialism available to MSc International/Spatial Planning and others that I co-teach with Yasminah Beebeejaun. I also run research training events for the BSP research students. 


University College London
, | 1984
University of Cambridge
, | 1978


I have been at UCL since 2006. Before that I was at the LSE in the Department of Geography and Environment for 16 years. Prior to that I taught at the University of East London (Departments of Applied Economics and Land Mangement) and De Montfort University (School of Land and Building Studies). I have a BA in Land Economy (with Economics Part I) and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning Studies.