The Bartlett School of Planning


Cities, Governance and Planning

This research group focuses on the governance of urban and regional processes and the role of planning and public policy in the mediation of space.

 Shared Aims

  • To develop an inter-disciplinary, complex approach to understanding, framing, delivering and monitoring sustainable transformations in urban systems;
  • To develop methods, policies and tools which can assist in the transformation process;
  • To critically evaluate and advance the theories and methods in the field.

Core focus

Our research addresses the politics of planning, at a range of spatial scales, in the context of diverse and unequal societies and economies. We are particularly concerned with the role of local government in an era shaped by austerity, privatisation, financialisation and the transformation of citizenship. We explore these questions in fields such as housing, urban regeneration, devolution and spatial planning.

 Dr Sonia Arbaci
Associate Professor
Programme Director for MSc International Planning
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 Dr Yasminah Beebeejaun
Associate Professor
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 Elena Besussi
Teaching Fellow
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Ben Clifford
Dr Ben Clifford
Associate Professor
Programme Director for MSc Spatial Planning
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Claire Colomb
Professor Claire Colomb
Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
International Links Coordinator
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Michael Edwards
Professor Michael Edwards
Teaching Fellow
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Jess Ferm
Dr Jessica Ferm
Lecturer in Planning and Urban Management
Programme Director for BSc Urban Planning Design and Management
Programme Director for BSc Urban Studies
Programme Director for BSc Planning and Real Estate
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Sonia Freire Trigo
Dr Sonia Freire Trigo
Lecturer in Urban Planning
Programme Director of MSc Urban Regeneration
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 Professor Nick Gallent
Professor of Housing and Planning
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 Dr Susan Moore
Associate Professor
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 Dr Tatiana Moreira de Souza
Research Fellow
Mike Raco
Professor Mike Raco
Chair of Urban and Regional Governance
Director for Research
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 Professor Peter Rees
Professor of Places and City Planning
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Dr Myfanwy Taylor

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow

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 Professor John Tomaney
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
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PhD Researchers
 Cristobal Diaz Martinez
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Ying-Chun Hou

Ying-Chun Hou
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With an interdisciplinary background in the fields of Political Science and Urban Studies, Ying Chun's research focuses on the themes of the governance and planning of cities, the dynamics of community construction and the transformation of developmental states.


Aleksandra Milentijevic
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Andrew Purves
Andrew Purves
Andrew's interest focuses on economic rent, and how land value is captured either for private gain, or public good; he is currently researching how this works in Singapore.
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Justinien Tribillon
At the crossroad of social sciences and history of design, Justinien’s research focuses on elements of the built environment as social construct and cultural representations of cities and large-scale urban infrastructure
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November 2022

Madeddu, M. & Clifford, B. (2022). The conversion of buildings to housing use: England’s permitted development rights in comparative perspective. Progress in Planning

October 2022

Gallent, N., Hamiduddin, I., Stirling, P. & Wu, M. (2022). Village Housing. Constraints and opportunities in rural England. UCL Press

March 2022

Clifford, B. & Madeddu, M. (2022). Turning Shops into Housing? Planning Deregulation, Design Quality and the Future of the High Street in England. Built Environment

Gkartzios, M., Gallent, N. & Scott, M. (2022). Rural Places and Planning: Stories from the Global Countryside Policy Press

February 2022

Beebeejaun, Y., (2022) Race, gender, and positionality in urban planning research, International journal of qualitative methods

January 2022

Beebeejaun, Y. (2022). Europe and the people without planning: reconsidering British interventions in colonial Hong Kong Town Planning Review

September 2021
Beebeejaun, Y., McClymont, K., Maddrell, A., Mathijssen, B., & McNally, D. (2021) “Death in the peripheries: Planning for ethnic minority groups beyond the city.” Journal of Planning Education and Research

August 2021

Beebeejaun, Y., (2021) “Provincializing Planning:  Reflections on spatial ordering and imperial power.” Planning Theory 
Beebeejaun, Y., (2021) "Fracking and epistemic injustice: a feminist critique of planning inquiries.” Environment and Planning C 

April 2021

Ferm, J., Freire Trigo, S. and More-Cherry, N. (2021). Documenting the ‘soft spaces’ of London planning: Opportunity Areas as institutional fix in a growth-oriented cityRegional Studies.

February 2021

Maddrell, A., McNally, D., Beebeejaun, Y., McClymont, K. and Mathijissen, B. (2021) Intersections of (infra)structural violence and cultural inclusion: The geopolitics of minority cemeteries and crematoria provisionTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

January 2021

Madeddu, M. and Clifford, B. (2021) Housing quality, permitted development and the role of regulation after COVID-19Town Planning Review, 92(1), 41-48.

December 2020

Ferm, J. (2020). Governing urban development on industrial land in global cities: Lessons from London. Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism. UCL Press

Moore, S. & Trudeau, D. (2020). New Urbanism: From Exception to Norm—The Evolution of a Global Movement. Urban Planning

Moore, S., Bunce, S,. Livingstone, N., March, L,. and Walks, A. (2020). Introduction: Critical dialogues of urban governance, development and activism: London and Toronto. Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism. UCL Press

March, L. and Moore, S. (2020). Community, activism and engagement: A commentaryCritical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism. UCL Press

Moreira de Souza, T. (2020). Regulating property conditions in the private rented sector: The complex geography of property licencing in LondonCritical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism. UCL Press

Raco, M. and Livingstone, N. (2020). Capital flows in the capital: Contemporary governmental Imaginations in London’s urban development. Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism. UCL Press

Raco, M. and Walks, A. (2020). Governing urbanisation in the global city: A commentary. Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism. UCL Press

Schiller, M. & Raco, M. (2020) Postcolonial narratives and the governance of informal housing in London. International Journal of Housing Policy 20(4)

Walks, A., Bunce, S,. Livingstone, N., March, L,. and Moore, S. (2020). Conclusion: Critical dialogues on urban governance, development and activism in London and Toronto. Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism. UCL Press

November 2020

Morphet, J and Clifford, B. (2020). Reviving Local Authority Housing Delivery: Challenging Austerity Through Municipal EntrepreneurialismPolicy Press, Bristol

October 2020

Clifford, B., Andres, L., Carmona, M., De Mangalhaes, C., Durrant, D., Edwards, M., Ferm, J., Freire Trigo, S., Gabrieli, T., Gallent, N., Hamiduddin, I., Karampour, K., Moore, S., Morphet, J., Natarajan, L., Rydin, Y., Sendra,. P, Short, M. & Turcu,. L (2020). Planning for the Future White Paper: Consultation response from academics based at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

July 2020

Ferm, J., Clifford, B., Canelas, P. & Livingstone, N. (2020) Emerging Problematics of deregulating the urban: The case of permitted development in EnglandUrban Studies

March 2020

Ferm, J. & Raco, M. (2020) Viability Planning, Value Capture and the Geographies of Market-Led Planning Reform in EnglandPlanning Theory & Practice 21 (2), 218-235

January 2020

Zeng, H., Ke, Q., Yu, X. (2020) Investigating the factors affecting the residential satisfaction of new-generation migrants: a case study of Hangzhou in ChinaInternational Journal of Urban Sciences

July 2020

Ferm, J., Clifford, B., Canelas, P. & Livingstone, N. (2020) Emerging Problematics of deregulating the urban: The case of permitted development in EnglandUrban Studies

October 2019

Gallent, N., De Magalhaes, C., Freire Trigo, S., Kath, S. & Whitehead, C. (2019) Can ‘Permission in Principle’ for New Housing in England Increase Certainty, Reduce ‘Planning Risk’, and Accelerate Housing Supply? Planning Theory & Practice 20 (5), 673-688