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Prof Alan Gilbert
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  • Emeritus Professor of Geography
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS
Alan Gilbert was born in London. He was educated at Birmingham University, where he obtained a first class honours degree in Economics, Geography and Politics, and at the London School of Economics where he obtained his doctorate. 

After brief interludes in advertising and economic consultancy he obtained a research post at the Institute of Latin American Studies and then took up a lectureship jointly at UCL and the Institute. Subsequently he was promoted to a Readership and then a Chair at UCL.
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Alan Gilbert's research is concerned with urbanisation and poverty in developing countries and particularly in Latin America and South Africa. Over the last ten years he has undertaken projects on housing subsidies in Chile, Colombia and South Africa; on the influence of Washington on the diffusion of knowledge about development policy; on information flows among asylum seekers in the UK; on secondary housing markets in Colombia and South Africa; on the impact of globalisation on urban life in Latin America; on rental housing in informal settlements in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and improving urban governance: an evaluation of the 'success' story of Bogota, Colombia.

He has published extensively and has authored or co-authored nine books, edited four others and written well over one hundred academic articles on these topics. On the basis of this research, the University of London awarded him a Doctorate in Literature and he was elected to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.

In recent years, he has served on the editorial boards of several journals and acted as external examiner in many universities.

He has also worked as an adviser to several international institutions over the last ten years including the Inter-American Development Bank, UN-HABITAT, United Nations University, United Nations Population Fund, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the World Bank.
01-OCT-1990 – 30-SEP-2010 Professor Geography UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1985 – 30-SEP-1990 Reader Geography UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1970 – 30-SEP-1985 Lecturer Geography UCL and Institute of Latin American Studies, United Kingdom
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