UCL Urban Laboratory


Dr Claire Colomb appointed as Academic Director (Paris) for UCL Cities partnerships Programme

14 June 2018

Urban Laboratory Steering Committee member, Dr Claire Colomb, Reader at the Bartlett School of Planning, has been appointed by UCL to act as Academic Director for Paris in the new UCL Cities partnerships Programme

Metro de Paris Ligne 4 Saint Michel - April 2005 (Credit: Omar Omar on Wikimedia Commons)

A cross-UCL initiative, the UCL Cities partnerships Programme run by the UCL Global Engagement Office, will invest in sustainable, multidisciplinary research and teaching partnerships between UCL and partner organisations in the identified cities. Each city cycle will run for three years, with work beginning in a new city every year, meaning that at any one time, cycles will be underway in three different global locations, starting in Europe as the UK leaves the EU.

The Academic Director for each city cycle will lead on the development of an academic theme and oversee the allocation of partnership funding. They will also curate a series of academic events in the city, working with partner institutions and using their substantial local knowledge.

Dr Claire Colomb, Academic Director for Paris, has a dual background as a sociologist/social scientist and urban planner educated in France, the UK and Germany, with a first degree in Social Sciences (Politics and Sociology) from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) and a PhD in Town Planning from UCL.

The Paris city cycle will launch in the 2019/20 academic year, whilst Rome will be the first focus city, launching in 2018/19 and led by Dr Florian Mussgnug from the School of European Languages, Culture, and Society.

Image: Metro de Paris Ligne 4 at Saint Michel station. Credit: Omar Omar on Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0