The Bartlett School of Planning


Sustainable Transport, Infrastructure & Cities Research Group

Our research centres on understanding how to deliver sustainable transformations within urban systems.

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

The research group focuses on delivering sustainable transformations within urban systems exploring the role of institutions, policy instruments, spatial planning, urban design and infrastructures in shaping and governing these processes.  We seek to create resource efficient, low carbon, resilient, regenerative, socially-just, smart, economically sustainable, nature-inspired urban systems. We investigate how infrastructural changes transform economies, lifestyles and social practices drawing upon international examples, and investigating the translation of best practice. Our work spans these key themes:

  • Cities –  sustainable, circular, smart, low carbon, resilient and shrinking cities
  • Resources – energy, land, water, materials
  • Infrastructure and Transport – transport, energy, social (schools, hospitals, community housing e.t.c), green, water, telecommunications, ports, major infrastructure projects
  • Measurement – indicators, appraisal & evaluation methodologies, monitoring
  • Governance – transformation, transitions, translation, scenarios


 Dr Lauren Andres
Associate Professor in Urban Planning
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 Dr Jonas De Vos
Lecturer in Transport Planning
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 Dr Marco Dean
Lecturer in Infrastructure Planning
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Professor Harry Dimitriou
Bartlett Professor of Planning Studies
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Dan Durrant
Dr Dan Durrant
Lecturer in Infrastructure Planning
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 Dr Iqbal Hamiduddin
Director of Housing and City Planning
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Robin Hickman
Dr Robin Hickman
Reader in Transport and City Planning
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 Professor Yvonne Rydin
Chair of Planning, Environment and Public Policy
Director for MPhil/PhD Programme
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Hui Teh
Dr Tse-Hui Teh
Careers Tutor
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 Dr Catalina Turcu
Associate Professor Development and Planning
Programme Director for MSc Sustainable Urbanism
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 Dr John Ward
Lecturer in Infrastructure PlanningProgramme
Director for MSc Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery
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 Professor Jo Williams
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 Dr Fangzhu Zhang
Associate Professor
Joint Coordinator of the China Planning Research Group
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PhD Researchers
Vafa Dianati

Vafa Dianati
Vafa is an architect and urban researcher. His research interests include Sustainable Development, Political Economy of Urban Transformation, Space and Place Scholarship, Critical Urban Theory, Urban Politics, and Social Housing Policies.
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 Dongho Han
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 Lisa Juangbhanich
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 Ju Eun Kim
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Marjan Marjanovic
Marjan Marjanovic
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 Jorge Martin Sainz De Los Terreros
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Ruth Sepulveda
Ruth Sepulveda Marquez 
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Ruth's interests lie in the discourses and governance networks developed by urban agriculture projects under neoliberalism, including perspectives around community participation, social capital, the circulation of knowledge, environmental awareness and perception of the territory.

 Yuerong Zhang
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Yuerong's research focuses on working towards better understanding of metro system resilience from joint perspectives: an intra-urban study of Greater London.

Recent Publications

June 2021

Rydin, Y. (2021). Theory in Planning Research. Palgrave Macmillan

Zhang, Y. (2021). Understanding the roles of rail stations: Insights from network approaches in the London metropolitan area. Journal of Transport

Zhang, Y., Marshall, S., Cao, M., Manley, E. & Chen, H. (2021). Discovering the evolution of urban transit movement structure using smart card data: The case of London.Cities

May 2021

Williams, J. (2021). Circular Cities: What are the Benefits of Circular Development. Sustainability

April 2021

Andres, L., Bryson, J. & Moawad, P. (2021). Temporary urbanisms as policy alternatives to enhance health and well-being in the post-pandemic city. Journal Current Environmental Health Reports.

Williams, J. (2021). Circular Cities: A Revolution in Urban Sustainability. Routledge 

March 2021

Andres, L., Bryson, J.R., Denoon-Stevens, S. P. (2021). Calling for responsible inclusive planning and healthy cities in Africa. Town Planning Review 92 (2). 

February 2021

De Vos, J., Cheng, L., Kamruzzaman, M., Witlox, F. (2021). The indirect effect of the built environment on travel mode choice: A focus on recent movers. Journal of Transport Geography,91.

January 2021

Andres, L. & Kraftl, L. (2021). New directions in the theorisation of temporary urbanisms: adaptability, activation and trajectory. Progress in Human Geography

Hickman, R., Garcia, M. M, Arnd, M. & Peixoto, L. F.G. (2021). Euston station redevelopment: Regeneration or gentrification? Journal of Transport Geography, 90

Turcu, C., Crane, M., Lloyd, S., Haines, A., Ding, D., Hutchinson, E., Belesova, K., Davies, M., Osrin, D., Zimmerman, N., Capon, A., Wilkins, P. (2021). Transforming cities for sustainability: A health perspectiveEnvironment International, 147

Williams, J. ( 2020). Towards circular urban development post-CovidBarcelona Centre for International Affairs: Building back better: Post-pandemic city governance

December 2020 

Andres, L. & Zhang, Y. (2020). Transforming Cities Through Temporary Urbanism - A Comparative Overview. Springer

Andres, L. (2020). The importance of temporary urbanism in deconstructing cities and shaping the post-pandemic city research agenda. TOPUZOVSKI, T., Horizons: selected lectures at museum of contemporary art skopje 2018-2019, Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, pp. 83-92 

Durrant, D. (2020). London, its infrastructure and the logics of growth. Critical Dialogues of Urban Governance, Development and Activism. UCL Press

Moawad, P. & Andres, L. (2020). Tackling COVID-19 in informal tented settlements (Lebanon): an assessment of preparedness and response plans and their impact on the health vulnerabilities of Syrian refugees. Journal of Migration and Health

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

Chen, C. -. L., & Hickman, R. (2020) Impacts of High-Speed Rail: Hubs, Linkages, and DevelopmentBuilt Environment, 46 (3), 337-341

Gallent, N. & Hamiduddin, I. (2020) COVID-19, second homes and the challenge for rural amenity areasTown Planning Review

Hickman, R., & Chen, C. -. L. (2020) Impacts of HSR in China: A Photo EssayBuilt Environment, 46 (3), 398-421

Low, W. - Y., Cao, M., De Vos, J., & Hickman, R. (2020). The journey experience of visually impaired people on public transport in LondonTransport Policy, 97, 137-148

July 2020

Bryson, J., Andres, L. & Davies, A. (2020). Covid-19, Virtual Church Services and a new Temporary Geography of Home. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 111(3), pp. 360-372

Moawad, P. & Andres, L. (2020). Decoding Syrian Refugees’ Covid-19 Vulnerability in Informal Tented Settlements: a Community/Refugee-Led Approach to Mitigate a Pandemic Outbreak, 2020. Town Planning Review

Williams, J, (2020) The role of spatial planning in transitioning to circular urban development. Urban Geography 41 (6), 915-919

June 2020 

Andres, L., Bryson, J., Denoon-Stevens, S., Bakare, H., Du Toit, K.& Melgaco, L. (2020). Calling for Responsible Inclusive Planning and Healthy Cities in Africa. Town Planning Review

January 2020

Adelfio, M., Hamiduddin, I. & Miedema, E. (2020) London's King's Cross redevelopment: a compact, resource efficient and 'liveable' global city model for an era of climate emergency?Urban Research & Practice

92, (2), 195–201.

March 2019

Raco, M., Livingston,e N. & Durrant, D. (2019) Seeing Like an Investor: Urban Development Planning, Financialisation, and Investors’ Perceptions of London as an Investment SpaceEuropean Planning Studies