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 in governing for sustainability. I have researched and published on a wide variety of policy domains relevant to sustainability including urban green space management, community energy and retail areas. Conceptually I have used network metaphors (including social capital) to understand processes of governing, as well as analysing the role that discourses play. Recently, I have been exploring the contribution of socio-technical studies to understanding governing for sustainability, particularly with reference to major energy infrastructure. 

I have a long-standing focus on knowledge within planning processes, including the role of classificatory systems (such as BREEAM and sustainability indicators) and the implications of socio-materiality. A co-edited book on planning and regulation is currently in production, drawing on the insights from studying institutions, materiality and knowledge claims (Routledge, 2021). These theoretical interests have also supported the writing of Theory in Planning Research, a book aimed at students at all levels undertaking such research, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2021. 

My current research comprises two overlapping projects. The first seeks to understand the potential for planning in low-growth contexts, looking at how knowledge about local economic processes is embedded in planning processes and how new knowledge may contribute to alternative models of the local economy. This builds on my arguments in The Future of Planning (Policy Press, 2013). The second is a long-term comparative analysis of urban and environmental planning in England and Sweden. 

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 the research training programme for the BSP research students. 


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1984
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 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.