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Dr Lucy Natarajan
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
  • Research Associate - REF Support
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I currently work at UCL, where I research Engagement in Spatial Planning, as well as lecturing and teaching across a range of planning and research subjects. In addition I consult on public engagement in planning, and am reviews and digital content editor for the Built Environment journal, recently launching the Blogged Environment

Previously, I have worked as the Principal Researcher in the international department of the RTPI, developed the State of the Commonwealth Cities methodology, and conducted studies - large and small, quantitative and qualitative, exploratory, longitudinal and methodologically specialist - commissioned by Government departments for policy-making purposes.

Research Summary

My research centres on the relationship between communities and government for excellence in built environment policy and decision-making. I work in both quantitative and qualitative modes. My most recently completed research project on NSIPs (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning), was an ESRC-funded project led by Prof Rydin and focused on the role of Publics & Evidence in decision-making on renewable energy infrastructure. I am now working on the Ingrained project looking at Grand Challenges, and conducting follow-up work on the local impacts of NSIPs.

Since 2002, I have conducted a range of studies across collaborative governance, community participation, local planning, spatial planning, public health, urban design governance, and most recently infrastructure. I also recently completed an AHRC-funded project 'Evaluating the Governance of Urban Design', and the book from that study of CABE (the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment 1999-2010) is in press. I co-founded the Place Alliance in response to the findings of that work.

Teaching Summary

Lecturing, supervising, marking and developing modules across a variety of planning and research methods topics at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, University of Birmingham, Oxford Brookes, and the University of NĂ¼rtingen-Geislingen and Oxford University.

Academic Background
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Planning studies University College London
2000 MSc Master of Science – Social Policy London School of Economics and Political Science
1995 BA Bachelor of Arts – French and German St. Hugh's College, Oxford
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