The Bartlett Visiting Research Fellows is a programme to host four visiting post-doctoral researchers for three months at The Bartlett to conduct research and collaborate with Bartlett Faculty staff.
From January to April 2014, four Research Fellows joined The Bartlett from institutions across the world to look at sustainability from an urban, social and political perspective.
Each of the Visiting Fellows conducted research and collaborated with Faculty staff from The Bartlett on subjects related to our chosen research theme for 2013–14, Sustainable Cities.
- Dr Andy Merrifield
Dr Andy Merrifield worked on Neo-Haussmannization mentored by Michael Edwards (The Bartlett School of Planning) and Professor Murray Fraser (The Bartlett School of Architecture)
Andy Merrifield is a writer, social theorist and urban geographer with a PhD in Geography from the University of Oxford. He has taught at assorted universities in the UK and USA.
He has edited and written a number of books, most recently The New Urban Question. His many essays and reviews have appeared in publications including Adbusters, The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, New Left Review, Harvard Design Magazine and The Times Magazine.
Neo-Haussmannization is a new riff off an old tale of divide and rule through urban change, of upscaling the physical environment to upscale the social and political environment.
The neo-Haussmannite urban process might be best described as parasitic. Social wealth is consumed through wasteful enterprises, engineered by elites who squander generative capacity by living exclusively from speculative, unproductive activities.
The parasitic perils of neo-Haussmannization are considered in The New Urban Question. The book also looks at the possibilities for alternative forms of democratic urbanization and how to reclaim the parasitic city for people, among other issues.
- Dr Beatrice Agnese De Carli
Dr Beatrice Agnese De Carli worked on a critical review of notions and practices in Insurgent Regeneration mentored by Dr Adriana Allen (The Bartlett DPU) and Dr Ben Campkin (The Bartlett School of Architecture).
Beatrice Agnese De Carli completed her architectural studies at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, including a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism developed in collaboration with the University of Leuven, Belgium.
She worked in practice in Milan for several years and since 2011 has taught Urban Design and Urbanism at Politecnico di Milano and the University of Leuven.
Beatrice is a member of Architecture Sans Frontières Italy, an NGO that works between architecture, community and international development, and is Vice Chair of Architecture Sans Frontières-International.
Insurgent Regeneration: a critical review of notions and practices
This project investigates the notion of ‘insurgent regeneration’ as a way of looking at the capacity of occupant practices to inform and steer state-led discourses on ‘sustainable urban regeneration’ in inner city areas of the Global South.
It aimed to address two challenges:
- the cyclical decay and deterioration of cities and their sustainable resurgence and adaptation
- the housing crisis in the Global South, particularly the informal occupation of vacant and deteriorating buildings.
The primary aim of this baseline study was to develop research methods and interpretive frameworks appropriate for informing a postdoctoral research proposal.
- Eduardo Canteros
Eduardo Canteros worked on Urban Values from a Grassroots Organisation in the Urban Regeneration Process mentored by Dr Ben Campkin (The Bartlett School of Architecture) and Dr Alex Frediani (The Bartlett DPU).
Eduardo Canteros is a sociologist with a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism. He has worked in academic positions in several Chilean universities and institutions of higher education and been Senior Lecturer in subjects such as epistemology, social problems and social research design.
His research studies have mainly been based on qualitative approaches. His main topics of interest are urban collective action, citizen participation and community expertise.
Urban Values from a Grassroots Organisation in the Urban Regeneration Process
Located in the Borough of Hackney, this project examined specific urban regeneration projects rejected by the community.
Through qualitative data it looks at:
- which everyday dimensions are intervened by which urban regeneration actions
- which actions, contents and media have been developed and mobilized by grassroots organization to control the problem
- how they have made a public complaint to stop or modify the intervention of urban regeneration (strategies and argumentations).
This research aimed to recognize the importance of expertise and community knowledge as a part of the urban regeneration process in London.
- Professor Zhigang Li
Professor Zhigang Li worked on Social Sustainability in Transitional Chinese Cities mentored by Professor Fulong Wu (The Bartlett School of Planning) and Dr Le-Yin Zhang (The Bartlett DPU).
Zhigang Li is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Sun Yat-sen University. He got his PhD at the University of Southampton.
As one of the best-known urban scholars in south China, most of his studies target on the sociospatial transformation of Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Professor Li has published over 70 papers, ten book chapters and hundreds of media columns or commentaries. He is the Deputy Chief of Chinese Young Geographer Union, and the Chinese Editor of Urban Studies, an international peer-reviewed journal.
Social Sustainability in Transitional Chinese Cities
The aim of this project was to examine social sustainability in urban China, the largest developing economy of the world.
Urbanisation is becoming China's national strategy, yet little is known about the social implications of emerging cities, such as socio-economic-cultural gaps among polarizing social strata and the urban integration of hundred millions of rural migrants.
The project focused on three key determinants:
- sociospatial integration
- quality of life
Research Fellows from across the globe joined The Bartlett from January to April 2015 to pursue research on the 2014–2015 theme Human Wellbeing.
The Fellows used their multi-disciplinary expertise to address one of UCL’s Grand Challenges in collaboration with Faculty staff from The Bartlett.
- Dr Jonathan Rokem
Jonathan Rokem is an Urban Researcher and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Lund University, Sweden. He recently submitted his PhD: Comparing Urban Difference – Learning from Jerusalem and Stockholm.
The Social Dimensions of Urban Design in Different Contested Cities: Comparing Immigrants and Minorities’ Wellbeing in London, Stockholm and Jerusalem
The aim of this research project was to better define the potential for migrant and minority populations to increase their wellbeing. It was based on site visits and interviews with planners and local residents in Barking Town Centre.
Some of the main findings were:
- Presence of long-term government commitment to regenerate town centres with public transport.
- Lack of long-term consolations with deprived parts of the local community consisting of large BAME populations.
- While architects and politicians celebrated the regeneration, local BAME communities preferred the older high street in terms of urban design and daily use.
The project points to a need for more resources to engage local London communities, especially hard-to-access groups. The outcomes were presented at a public lecture at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit.
- Rebecca French (French & Mottershead)
Rebecca French is one half of artist duo French & Mottershead. Their work explores the social dynamics and narratives inherent within public and private spaces.
Performed Power in Public Space
The focus of Rebecca French’s Fellowship was the everyday harassment that people experience on the street, often related to gender, LGBTQ, race, religion, disability or age.
This project involved creating a number of exploratory small-scale sketches and interventions into the public realm. This will inform a new body of work for future exhibition:
- Roaring workshop: bringing together a group of people to share experiences of street harassment and receive training from a voice coach.
- Night walks: approaching people and asking them to re-perform the non-verbal sounds of street harassment, that they themselves use. This will then be edited into a 3-D symphonic audio work.
- Guided walks: around different areas of London led by people who have been harassed, indicating where and how they experience power and its performance.
- Exploring non-verbal behaviour as a basis for performance: logging and mapping gendered space/gendered bodies.
- Adriana Cabello
Adriana Cabello is an architect and researcher whose work is concerned with innovation, sustainability and collaborative practice. She has experience within professional practice with a strong focus on design visualisation and fabrication.
Cycle to School Project
The project aimed to encourage children to feel safe whilst using cycle routes. It addressed different cycling techniques and abilities of children and adults, as well as improving health and wellbeing.
It was based in Somers Town in London, selected specifically for its multicultural atmosphere and it's vicinity to heritage architecture.
The project involved creating a ‘cycle bus’, a trained monitor who collected children at four locations. It allowed children to cycle together with increased security and supervision.
Another part of the project was developing temporary ‘Way-Finding signals’, 3D signals that help children navigate the area while discovering its heritage.
The project was developed in close collaboration with Camden Council, the UCL public engagement team, the UCL Space Syntax team and the Somers Town Community Association.
- Madhav G Badami
Madhav Badami has a joint faculty appointment in the School of Urban Planning and the McGill School of Environment at McGill University. He is also a core faculty member in the inter-faculty BA&Sc programme in Sustainability, Science and Society at McGill.
The Role of Urban Transport in Improving the Lives of the Urban Poor
This project involved in-depth interviews with low income and poor residents in Bangalore, to understand their daily urban transport experience. In preparation, Madhav Badami carried out a systematic survey and critical review of the related literature.
During his time as a Bartlett Visiting Research Fellow, he also delivered a:
- guest lecture in the Transport in Emerging Countries course in The Bartlett School of Planning
- presentation on multi-criteria decision-making in an OMEGA Centre/SINTROPHER seminar
- lunchtime seminar in the Development Planning Unit.