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Prof Yvonne Rydin
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
Tel: +44 (0)203 1089 562
  • Chair of Planning Environment and Public Policy
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I have been at UCL since 2006. Before that I was at the LSE in the Department of Geography and Environment for 16 years. Prior to that I taught at the University of East London (Departments of Applied Economics and Land Mangement) and De Montfort University (School of Land and Building Studies). I have a BA in Land Economy (with Economics Part 1) and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning Studies. I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an accredited Mediator.

Research Summary

My research focuses on governance for sustainability, particularly at the urban and neighbourhood scales. In the past I have researched residential development, urban green space management, countryside management, transport planning, air quality management and control of retail development. There are currently two overlapping strands within my research. For the last few years I have been working on governance and energy. The CLUES project (www.ucl.ac.uk/CLUES) looked at urban energy initiatives while a project jointly with Laws and Science & Technology Studies has considered decision-making for major wind infrastructure. Another research focus here is local planning for low carbon developments, both commercial and residential. The second strand concerns the interface between knowledge and planning, and how such knowledge is co-constructed through plan-making, regulation of development and the use of sustainability indicators and classificatory systems such as BREEAM. Most recently I have been looking at how such knowledge is co-constructed within property markets, particularly prime and non-prime commercial property markets. Key conceptual resources that I draw on are Actor-Network Theory, assemblage thinking and the new economic sociology, in addition to more traditional governance theories.

Teaching Summary

My main teaching is in two areas. Sustainable Property: investment, development and valuation is a module within the MSc Sustainable Urbanism although it is available to other students. Governance for Urban Sustainability is a two-module specialism available to MSc International/Spatial Planning and other students where space permits. I also contribute sessions to other modules on: sustainable cities, mediation, social capital, social network analysis, dissertation writing and skills. Across UCL, I lead on the Grand Challenges Summer School on cross-disciplinarity for research students.

01-AUG-2010 – 31-AUG-2013 Director Environment Institute UCL, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2006 Professor of Planning, Environment and Public Policy Bartlett School of Planning UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1984 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional) University College London
1978 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Land Economy University of Cambridge
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