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Socially Just Planning Doctoral Network

The Socially Just Planning Doctoral Network was created to discuss on-going research projects and initiatives, to develop ideas of social justice and equity around the field of planning.

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The Socially Just Planning Doctoral Network is created to discuss ongoing research projects and initiatives, contributing to developing ideas of social justice and equity around the field of planning. This will be done through the fields of Transport, Regeneration, Urban Design and Architecture and International Urban Policy and Development as different, yet related, lines of socially just urban planning. 

The Network follows in the footsteps of the Socially Just Transport Doctoral Network (SJT) but adds Regeneration, Urban Design and Architecture and International Urban Policy and Development to further contribute to the promotion of social justice within planning. On this basis, we are exploring the possibility to bring in more interdisciplinary perspectives and methods to deepen our understanding of socially just planning. 

By inviting academic staff within the faculty and visiting scholars to join us in different types of seminars and public events, we are particularly keen to foster the connection and communication between PhD students and people in relevant research areas. We expect to foster interactions between academics working in similar research and help PhD students develop networking and presentation skills, useful tools for future conferences and training options. 


Aims 

The Socially Just Planning Seminars aim to set the basis of the Doctoral Network, considering the realisation of a Seminar Series to involve people from the PhD in Planning Studies along with other departments from The Bartlett, as well as PhD students and staff from other faculties at UCL and other Universities. 

Fostering interaction between people working in similar research will help PhD students develop networking and presentation skills, useful tools for future conferences and training options. The interaction between presenters will also be relevant for the learning process, creating instances where the mature knowledge of more experienced researchers converges with the potential of the exciting freshness of young researchers. 

To accomplish this, the Socially Just Planning Seminars broadly cover four main topics: Transport, Regeneration, Urban Design and Architecture and International Urban Policy and Development. But as the name of this initiative suggests, we welcome and are actively engaging all research interests that address how planning can deliver positive social impact.


Objectives

  • Engage doctoral students from different departments within the Bartlett, with interests in planning and social matters in cross-departmental initiatives, fostering the exchange of ideas and networking. 
  • Develop activities with existing research groups at BSP and UCL or initiate collaboration with other UCL departments related to the topics of interest (e.g. engineering, geography, among others) –and also other doctoral networks (Socially Just Transport). 
  • Promote seminars and interchange of ideas, critical visions, and methodologies to solve social constraints concerning planning effects. 
  • Link transport, regeneration, comparative urbanism and public space studies under the umbrella term to create a wider network for knowledge information exchange that could provide deeper insights into social challenges in today’s cities and urban areas. 

Socially Just Planning Seminars Sessions

Each of the Socially Just Planning Seminars Sessions explores the different dimensions through which Transport, Regeneration, Urban Design and Architecture and International Urban Policy and Development as different and other pressing issues intersecting with and related to social justice and well-being. Thus, while the topics of discussion vary with each seminar, they inevitably present the different aspects in which planning involves directly to the production of social realities through the urban form. While we continue our established interests in discussing transport and spatial/social accessibility, different dimensions within the scope of housing and social justice, and different approaches to planning and organisation of public spaces and their impacts on social dynamics, we intend to broader our horizon and invite more discussions on interdisciplinary perspectives and research methods. With the expanded organising team from different departments of the Bartlett, we are hoping to bring in more diverse expertise from various disciplinary fields and make greater impacts across the Bartlett and beyond. 

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Socially Just Planning Doctoral Network hosted 14 events. In total, there were 14 invited speakers from the UK, different parts of Europe as well as other continents such as America and Asia.  

The diversity of presenters included academics. We have invited speakers from the Bartlett School of Planning (BSP) and other UCL departments such as the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), the Bartlett School of Architecture (BSA) as well as research institutes beyond UCL, including KU Leuven, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Copenhagen University, University College Dublin, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and so on. The diversity of presenters include academics, PhD students and activists. All of these presenters showcased interesting works which respond to the socially just challenge in different ways. These discussions enabled thought-provoking environments for new planning ideas. 

These pictures of previous seminars from past academic years show the format and delivery of our seminars: 

Students at a seminar

Students at a seminar

 


People

Co-organisers

Ying-Chun Hou, The Bartlett School of PlanningEmail: ying-chun.hou.18@ucl.ac.uk

Yuhan Ji, The Bartlett School of ArchitectureEmail: yuhan.ji.16@ucl.ac.uk

Chong, Alexandria, Development Planning UnitEmail: zhuowen.chong.18@ucl.ac.uk

Mengci Xiao, The Bartlett School of PlanningEmail: mengci.xiao.19@ucl.ac.uk

Xuewei Chen, The Bartlett School of PlanningEmail: xuewei.chen.20@ucl.ac.uk

Jingyi Zhu, The Bartlett School of PlanningEmail: jingyi.zhu.17@ucl.ac.uk

Karla Barrantes Chaves, The Bartlett School of PlanningEmail: karla.chaves.16@ucl.ac.uk

Monica Lopez Franco, The Bartlett School of PlanningEmail: monica.franco.15@ucl.ac.uk

Mengqiu Cao, The Bartlett School of PlanningEmail: mengqiu.cao.13@ucl.ac.uk


Stay in touch 

Email: sociallyjustplanning@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sociallyjustplanning
Twitter: @just_planning

We regularly post event information on Twitter and Facebook. Please follow our accounts to receive event booking information and be part of our ongoing discussion.

We maintain an event archive on our Facebook, where you can watch recordings of past seminars.