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Prof Claire Colomb
Bartlett School of Planning, Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
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  • Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I have a first degree in Social and Political Sciences from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) and a MPhil/PhD in Town Planning from University College London, the Bartlett School of Planning. I am currently studying part-time at SOAS for an MSc in Politics of Asia (South Asia), to expand my research outside Europe.

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 across 8 European countries.

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 and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Research Summary

My research interests span across the following themes:

Comparative urban & regional planning and European public policies:

- The impact of the European Union on spatial planning and territorial development policies / the Europeanisation of public policies
- European cross-border and transnational cooperation and policy learning between local or regional governments
- Devolution, territorial politics and spatial planning in the UK and Europe
- Comparative spatial planning systems and cultures and the changing politics of planning

The contentious politics of urban development: urban governance, public policies and social mobilisations:

- The contested politics of urban entrepreneurialism, place marketing and urban regeneration
- The politics of culture and memory in urban space
- The social equity impacts of urban policies / planning and the politics of difference
- Urban social movements, citizens’ activism and land or urban development conflicts
- The implications of platform capitalism and ‘platform real estate’ for cities and urban governance
- Urban social movements, ‘new municipalism’ and progressive city governments
- International comparison in urban studies / global comparative urbanism

Teaching Summary

I have been teaching at the Bartlett School of Planning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 2001 in the fields of urban sociology, urban politics, UK and international comparative planning.

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

01-OCT-2019 Professor Bartlett School of Planning University College London, United Kingdom
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   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2000   Master of Philosophy University College London
1998   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Institut d'etudes politiques (IEP), Paris
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