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Dr Claire Colomb
Bartlett School of Planning, Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
  • Reader in Planning and Urban Sociology
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I have a dual background as a sociologist 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 University College London, the Bartlett School of Planning.

Prior to becoming a full-time Lecturer at UCL in January 2005, I worked for three years as Project Developer for the European Union Programme INTERREG IIIB North-West Europe, which funds transnational co-operation projects in spatial planning across 8 European countries, and also taught part-time at the Bartlett between 2001 and 2004.

Over the past fifteen years I have lived and worked in France, the UK, Germany and Spain (Catalonia), and speak English, French, German, Spanish and Catalan.

Research Summary

Unique researcher ID: G-3191-2011

My research interests span across the following themes:

Urban governance, policies and politics:
o The changing politics of planning and urban development in European cities, with a particular focus on new forms of urban entrepreneurialism, urban marketing and urban policies (UK, France, Germany, Spain)

o The contested politics of urban regeneration in European cities (in particular culture-led urban regeneration strategies)

European spatial planning and European Union policies with a territorial impact:
o The impact of the EU on spatial planning, regional development and urban policies across Europe and the Europeanisation of planning and urban policies

o The emergence of a European agenda on spatial planning and territorial cohesion

o European transnational cooperation networks between cities and regions (in particular under the INTERREG programmes) and their impact on policy learning and cognitive Europeanisation

o Comparative spatial planning cultures and systems in Europe

Urban sociology:
o The impact of urban policies on gentrification, segregation and social mix in European cities

o Urban social movements and urban regeneration

o Protest and resistance in the tourist city

I regularly do consultancy and advisory work for EU transnational cooperation projects and programmes or local public administrations.

Teaching Summary

I have been teaching at the Bartlett School of Planning since 2001 in the fields of urban sociology and urban studies, European spatial planning and international planning.

I am a regular guest lecturer at the University of Lille I (France), the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany), the University of Barcelona and Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).

01-OCT-2014 Reader Bartlett School of Planning University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2011 – 30-SEP-2014 Senior Lecturer Bartlett School of Planning University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2010 – 31-AUG-2012 Marie Curie Research Fellow Institut Universitari d'Estudis Europeus Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
01-JUL-2009 – 31-DEC-2009 Visiting Researcher Centre for Metropolitan Studies Technical University Berlin, Germany
01-JAN-2005 – 30-SEP-2011 Lecturer Bartlett School of Planning University College London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2002 – 31-DEC-2004 Project Developer Joint Technical Secretariat INTERREG IIIB North-West Europe, France
01-SEP-2001 – 31-AUG-2004 Part-Time Teaching Fellow Bartlett School of Planning University College London, United Kingdom
SEP-2000 – JUL-2001 Research Assistant Bartlett School of Planning University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2008 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Town Planning University College London
2000 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Town Planning University College London
1998 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Social Science Institut d'etudes politiques (IEP), Paris
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