UCL Urban Laboratory

Dr Ellie Cosgrave

Dr Ellie Cosgrave

Associate Professor: Urban Innovation


Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
21st Oct 2013

Research summary

Ellie's research is driven by three intersecting themes: the impact of rapid urbanisation, technological innovation, and human wellbeing and social justice. As an engineer, interdisciplinary researcher, dancer and trained systems thinker she is motivated by how scientific endeavour, artistic practice and policy innovation can combine to create a healthier and fairer society- particularly with respect to gender. 

Teaching summary

Ellie is the course convenor of the Urban Innovation and Policy Masters in Public Administration at UCL. This cutting-edge curriculum links expertise at UCL STEaPP with the Lab's policy network and the wider landscape of UCL research and urban studies. MPA students follow a rigorous policy training and take electives in the world-class departments of UCL's Bartlett and Engineering Faculties. 

This course explores two core units: 'Challenges of City Leadership', taught with the Lab's visiting Faculty, and 'Urban Innovation and Policy', designed to visit over 10 UCL centres specialising in cities. As a result, students are able to draw on the unique breadth of UCL urban research expertise and test pioneering policy-related approaches to urban innovation. At the end of the MPA students will be able to identify, establish limits and possibilities, as well as mobilise a variety of different disciplinary viewpoints to address the world's most pressing urban challenges. 


University of Bristol
Doctorate, Doctor of Engineering | 2014
University of Bristol
Other higher degree, Master of Engineering | 2009


Ellie is Associate Professor in Urban Innovation and Policy at UCL's department of Science Technology Engineering and Public Policy, where she is co-director of the Urban Innovation and Policy Lab. She is also an outspoken advocate and campaigner for increasing the quality of Women's health services. She is a BBC broadcaster, presenting the Tomorrow's World Podcast and the BBC World Service series "My Perfect City".