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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/social scientist 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 20 years I have lived, worked and researched in France, the UK, Germany and Spain (Catalonia), and speak English, French, German, Spanish and Catalan.

I am a Chartered Member of the RTPI.

Research Summary

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 governance (UK, France, Germany, Spain)

o The contested politics of urban regeneration in European cities

o The combination of "culturalist" and "materialist" approaches in urban political economy

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

o The European agenda on spatial planning and territorial cohesion

o European cross-border and transnational cooperation networks between cities and regions (e.g. INTERREG programmes), and their impact on policy learning and cognitive Europeanisation

Comparative planning:

o Comparative spatial planning cultures and systems in Europe / the transformation of planning systems and practices

o Devolution, decentralization and spatial planning in "contested" states (UK/Spain/Belgium)

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

o Urban social movements and social mobilizations surrounding planning and urban regeneration issues

o Neighbourhood planning and public participation in planning processes

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

Teaching Summary

I have been teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Bartlett School of Planning since 2001 in the fields of urban sociology and urban studies, European spatial planning, international and comparative planning. I am coordinating the international links and student exchanges between the UCL Bartlett School of Planning and overseas universities.

I am a regular guest lecturer at various European universities in France, Germany and 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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