UCL Urban Laboratory


Enora Robin

Enora is a PhD candidate in urban policy at UCL STEaPP. Her work focuses on the production and use of knowledge for the design and implementation of urban strategies at various scales and across policy sectors.

She has experience in applying both quantitative and qualitative research methods to the analysis of urban policy across a wide range of sectors and issues. Enora holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Economics and a Masters in Economics from Sciences Po Rennes and an Msc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her areas of interest cover urban planning and regeneration, social and economic urban development, the politics of knowledge production and network analysis. She has published several peer reviewed papers, news articles and policy reports, and presented her work at international conferences in the UK and abroad. 

She is one of the co-founders of Art Night, London's only free all-night contemporary arts festival transforming the city for one night every year, presenting acclaimed international art in unusual locations across the British Capital. She was the editor of Art Night: Expanding the City's Boundaries, a collection of essays from leading curators, urbanists, writers, art historians and sociologists reflecting on the meaning of the festival and its role in a city like London. It critically explores the potential of contemporary arts for reshaping and reassessing our urban environments.

"Urban Expertise": unpacking the politics of knowledge in Cape Town and London

Supervisors: Prof Michele Acuto (first), Prof Nick Tyler (second)

The research investigates the politico-material underpinnings of expertise formation and mobilisation in urban policy making. More specifically, it embraces a comparative perspective to investigate issues related to the politics of 'urban expertise' in Cape Town and London. This research explores the processes through which particular types of expertise are legitimised and valued in urban redevelopment projects and how knowledge tools calculative techniques shape how urban space is described, understood and acted upon. In doing so, this project unpacks the notion of 'urban expertise', exploring how actors, calculative techniques and institutions do shape socio-spatial transformations in contemporary cities.

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