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Dr Michael Short
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching) in Planning
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I have been at the Bartlett since September 2015 having worked as a planner-conservation officer across a range of public and private organisations; for Salford City Council as the lead officer negotiating the design integration of the Metrolink tram system extension to Eccles (1994-97), as Senior Planner with Barton Willmore Planning Partnership (1998-99), then Network Rail as their conservation officer dealing with historic environment issues within the company’s estate (1999-2001). I then ran a two year ESRC-funded research project at the University of Manchester looking at strategic environmental assessment in plan-making (2001-2003). I read for my PhD at the University of Manchester looking at the impact of skyscraper proposals on the character of place, co-funded by the ESRC and English Heritage (now Historic England), and supervised by Professor Michael Hebbert (now UCL) and Dr Aidan While (now University of Sheffield) from 2003 to 2007. I worked at UWE Bristol from 2008-15 as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Conservation.

I am a full member of both the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) and Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), and am an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.

I run the new 2-year MPlan City Planning programme. This innovative programme explores both domestic and international planning practice and culture, and offers the opportunity to further embed learning through either a term spent in planning practice, or at an international partner institution.

I have been a member of UCL's Academic Board since 2016, and have recently been elected to serve as a UK representative (substitute, from June 2020) to the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). I joined UCL's LGBTQ+ Equality Steering Group (LESG) in November 2020.

Research Summary

An urbanist and conservator interested in issues of design quality in the historic environment, I undertake practice-based projects, teaching and research in three main areas. Firstly, I am interested in how design issues in historic environment contexts are negotiated through the planning process, and how they are implemented on site. Secondly, I am interested in the conservation of buildings and areas of the recent past, and the challenges that this presents for conservation practice. And, thirdly, I am interested in the debates about increased building height and density in environments where the historic environment and character of place are relevant. Furthermore I am interested in queer pedagogies and the experiences of LGBTQ+ staff and students at university. 

Teaching Summary

I am a passionate teacher who seeks to engage and inspire students to achieve their full potential in their studies. I coordinate the following modules:

BPLN0005 Plan-Making Studio I (PG)

BPLN0007 Work Placement in City Planning (PG)

BPLN0008 Dissertation in City Planning (PG)

BPLN0068 Planning Practices for Urban Development in Historic Areas (PG)

I also contribute to a range of modules across the School and Faculty.


I have been nominated for the following Student Choice Awards by students:

Excellent Personal Tutoring' 2019-20.

'Inspiring Teaching Delivery’ and ‘Amazing Support’ 2018-19.

Excellent Personal Tutoring’ 2017-18.

Outstanding Teaching’, and ‘Outstanding Personal Support’ 2016-2017.

14-SEP-2015 – 30-SEP-2020 Senior Fellow Bartlett School of Planning University College London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2008 – 01-AUG-2015 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Planning and Conservation Department of Planning and Architecture UWE Bristol, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2003 – 01-SEP-2007 PhD student School of Environment and Development University of Manchester, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2001 – 01-JUN-2003 Research Associate School of Environment and Development University of Manchester, United Kingdom
01-JAN-1999 – 01-JUN-2001 Senior Planner   Network Rail, United Kingdom
01-JAN-1998 – 31-DEC-1998 Senior Planner   Barton Willmore Planning Partnership, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1994 – 31-DEC-1997 Planner and Metrolink Officer   City of Salford, United Kingdom
Academic Background
    ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow  
2009   Postgraduate Certificate in Education University of West England
2007   Doctor of Philosophy University of Manchester
2001   Master of Arts Sheffield Hallam University
1994   Bachelor of Science University of Dundee
    ATQ07 - Holder of a PGCE in higher education, secondary edu, further edu, life long lear  
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