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UCL Urban Laboratory



Clare Melhuish

  • Director of UCL Urban Laboratory
  • Senior Research Associate
University-led urban regeneration; Modern Movement architectural heritage and social identity; domestic space and cultures; ethnography of architectural design practice; curating the city.

Past Directors

Ben Campkin

  • Director, 2011 - 2018
  • Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory
Urban decline and 'regeneration' in London; housing, including early twentieth century slum clearances, and the representation and redevelopment of modernist mass housing; LGBTQI nightlife space; and the uses of images in urban change.

Matthew Gandy

  • Director, 2005 - 2011
  • Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography and Fellow
Cyborg urbanization; urban metabolism; cinematic landscapes; infrastructure; bio-diversity; epidemiology.


Pushpa Arabindoo

  • Senior Lecturer in Geography and Urban Design
Urbanization, public space and political activism in India; cities and climate change.

Matthew Beaumont

  • Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature
Night-time city; utopia in fiction writing; urban representations; thinking the city.

Camillo Boano

  • Professor of Urban Design and Critical Theory
Urban development, contested urbanism, socio-spatial dialectics, design and urban transformations, and shelter and housing reconstruction in geographies of the global south.

Ben Campkin

  • Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory
Urban decline and 'regeneration' in London; housing, including early twentieth century slum clearances, and the representation and redevelopment of modernist mass housing; LGBTQI nightlife space; and the uses of images in urban change.

Ellie Cosgrave

  • Lecturer in Urban Innovation and Director of UCL City Leadership Laboratory
Urban and local governance; city leadership; engineering design; smart cities; sustainable urban environments; choreographing the city.

Andrew Harris

  • Senior Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies
Art, space and the city; creative cities; gentrification; urban infrastructure; vertical urbanism.

Jennifer Robinson

  • Professor of Human Geography
South Africa, including studies of segregation and state power; the politics of urban development; comparative urbanism; city strategies and the circulation of urban policy.

Centre Manager

Steering Committee

Yasminah Beebeejaun

  • Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning
Race and territorialisation, decision-making processes, community organising, nationhood debates, colonisalism

Sarah Bell

  • Professor of Environment Engineering
Sustainability of urban water systems, particularly social and policy factors as they relate to engineering; community engagement with engineering and infrastructure provision

Claire Colomb

  • Reader in Planning and Urban Sociology
Urban governance, policies and politics, European spatial planning, and urban sociology

Adam Drazin

  • Teaching Fellow in Anthropology
Culture, materials and design

Murray Fraser

  • Professor of Architecture and Global Culture
Design, architectural history & theory, urbanism, and cultural studies

Alexandre Apsan Frediani

  • Lecturer in Development Planning
Housing and squatter settlement upgrading; participatory approaches to research, planning and design; social movements and right to the city; urban regeneration and well-being; human development and the capability approach

Kalliopi Fouseki

  • Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Heritage
Museology, cultural heritage, anthropology, reception studies, heritage management and public archaeology

Haidy Geismar

  • Professor of Anthropology
Intellectual and cultural property, indigenous rights, new forms of cultural representation, the anthropology of art, critical museology and the South Pacific

Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou

  • Lecturer in Social Theory
Political sociology, nationalism studies, radical imagination and speculative futures, financialisation, risk and debt practices, housing movements

Susanne Kuechler

  • Professor of Art and Anthropology
Art and memory, material translation, new materials and new technologies, sustainable development

Barbara Lipietz

  • Lecturer in Development Planning
Urban governance, participatory governance and planning through co-production; circulation and localisation of public policy; anti-poverty strategies; inclusive cities and the 'right to the city', sustainable cities, resilient cities; housing policy, slum upgrading practices, urban regeneration

Susan Moore

  • Lecturer in Planning
Sustainable urban development processes and practices; Relational geographies of urban (and suburban) development and built form

Michał Murawski

  • Assistant Professor in Critical Area Studies
Architecture and planning of Eastern European communism; social condensers; Warsaw and Moscow;  curatorial and art practice methodologies

Florian Mussgnug

  • Reader in Italian and Comparative Literature
Catastrophe and apocalypse in comparative literature, including climate change fiction, cold war culture and existential risk; Rome

James O'Leary

  • Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Innovative Technology
Contemporary Art & Architecture, Situated Practices, Critical Spatial Practice, Narrative Spaces, Urban Memory, Contested Space

Kieren Reed

  • Lecturer in Fine Art
Sculpture, performance, installation, public art, culture-led regeneration

Rafael Schacter

  • Research Fellow in Anthropology
Independent public art; street art and graffiti; visual culture; vernacular art; popular politics; public sphere; anthropology of art; material culture

Helena Titheridge

  • Professor of Mobility and Sustainable Transport
Sustainable systems, transport planning

Artist in Residence

Tom Wolseley (2015/16)

Max Colson (2014/15)

Rab Harling (2013/14)

B.J. Nilsen (2012)

Carolyn Deby (2011/12)

International Advisory Board

Visiting Researchers


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