The academic direction of the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities is led by the Working Group, supported by the co-ordinator.
Since the establishment of this Grand Challenge many alumni and supporters have contributed time, energy, money and academic leadership to its development.
The Co-Chairs of the Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities Working Group are:
- Professor Peter Jones
Peter Jones is Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development in the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. Before joining UCL in 2005, Peter was director of the Transport Studies Group at the University of Westminster. He is a member of the Independent Transport Commission, the London Roads Task Force and Chair of the RGS-IBG Transport Geography Research Group. He is Overseas Special Advisor to the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences, Japan, and a member of the International Steering Committee for the International Travel Survey Conference and a member of the Technical Committee of the South Africa Transport Conference. He has also acted as a consultant to Transport for London, the European Commission and several national and local governments.
- Dr Barbara Lipietz
Barbara Lipietz is an Associate Professor in the Development Planning Unit. She directs DPU’s MSc in Urban Development Planning and convenes the DPU Research Cluster on Urban Transformations. She is part of the UCL Urban Lab Steering Committee and a member of the Urban Planning Advisory Group (UPAG) which reports to UNISDR's Special Representative of the Secretary General. She is editor of the 'Forum' section of the journal CITY. She works with a number of international organisations including UNISDR, Habitat International coalition (HIC), Metropolis, Just Space (London), the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights (ACHR), the Community Architects Network (CAN), Homeless People's Federation and Community Initiatives (Tanzania), the Philippine Alliance, Spaces for Youth Development (Nigeria), Genre en Action and Alternatives Pour des Projets Urbains Ici et à l'International (APPUII).
Research expertise in the working group comes from centres of expertise as diverse as education, engineering, urban planning and the environment.
|Dr Becca Burns||Strategic Research Facilitator|
UCL Environment Domain
|Dr Ellie Cosgrave||Lecturer in Urban Innovation and Director of UCL City Leadership Laboratory|
Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy
|Prof Nick Gallent||Professor of Housing and Planning|
The Bartlett School of Planning
|Andrew Huddart||Principal Partnerships Manager (New Technologies, Energy & Engineering Sectors)|
|Richard Jackson||Director, Sustainability|
|Prof Peter Jones*||Professor of Transport & Sustainable Development|
Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
|Dr Avril Keating||Senior Lecturer: Comparative Social Science|
UCL Institute of Education
|Dr Barbara Lipietz*||Associate Professor|
Development Planning Unit
|Prof Florian Mussgnug||Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies|
School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)
Director of Museums & Cultural Programmes
|Dr Ann Thorpe||Innovation and Development Manager|
UCL Innovation and Enterprise
|Dr Joanna Williams|
Office of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research)
The working group meetings are also attended by OVPR staff including:
- Sarah Chaytor, Director of Research Strategy and Policy
- Dr Ian Scott, Director of Grand Challenges & Cross-Disciplinary Development
- Dr James Paskins, Deputy Director, UCL Grand Challenges
- Katherine Welch, Head of External Engagement and Partnerships
- A representative of the SLASH & IOE Research Facilitation Team
- Jacob Leveridge, Deputy Director of Research Facilitation
- Steve Morrison, School Research Facilitator