The Bartlett


The impact of our research

Creating impact through our research community is a key way that the Bartlett positively changes the world.

We want our research to have a positive impact, and we are host to a talented community of staff and students who have the vision and skills to create this impact. Our research is  making a difference at every level in the real world, from one-off or local projects to national and international policy, through industry partnerships, and working with public and community groups.

The Bartlett supports all of our staff and students to foster partnerships and develop the skills to solve real-world problems. Our research is not created in a vacuum, and we strive to actively involve a variety of relevant groups and stakeholders across our portfolio. For more information, guidance, training and opportunities to get involved contact Tadhg Caffrey, Faculty Impact Manager, by emailing: t.caffrey@ucl.ac.uk

Our research creates impact in all the areas of our Commitment to Change. We create this change in a variety of ways, including:

Influencing and changing policy

Bartlett staff provide expertise and evidence that informs public policy from the local to the global. From multimillion projects funded by UK government to co-produced research with local partners across the globe, we are working together to tackle pressing policy challenges.

Informing policy

Creating opportunities for innovation and enterprise

As part of UCL’s influential academic community, with the broadest range of built environment disciplines of any UK faculty, and hard-wired into London’s network of world-leading design, planning and construction firms, we know better than any other academic institution how real-world enterprise works.


Engaging with the public and community groups

Bartlett research is often created in partnership and used in partnership. Public and community groups actively contribute to research projects, and staff are encouraged to foster mutually beneficial relationships that actively create space for diverse voices and ideas.

There are countless examples of excellent public engagement practice across the Bartlett, including:

  • The London Prosperity Board is an innovative cross-sector partnership established by the Institute for Global Prosperity to rethink what prosperity means for London, with Londoners. 
  • Place Alliance is a movement for place quality founded in the Bartlett School of Planning. It is founded on the idea that through collaboration we can establish a culture whereby the quality of place becomes a universal priority.
  • Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) responds to growing inequality in cities. Led by the Development Planning Unit, this project co-produces knowledge through partnerships with equivalence between networks and organisations of the poor, government, the private sector, and academia.

Case studies

How shipping got on board with decarbonisation

A world map showing the routes of ships
The Bartlett’s Energy Institute is behind the research helping to shape shipping’s transition to a low-carbon future.

How building layouts drive social interaction

A series of maps showing the routes taken by staff in a hospital
The design decisions of architects have an impact on people’s behaviour within buildings – and understanding this is important.

What does climate change mean for cultural heritage?

A bridge and old buildings in Prague with smog in the foreground
The Institute for Sustainable Heritage has built its own NOAH'S ARK of knowledge in the fight against climate change.