Dr Lauren Andres
I am an Associate Professor in Urban Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning (UCL, London). I was previously a Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning, at the University of Birmingham (2009-2019). I originally trained in France, as an urban geographer (BSc-2002, MSc-2003) and urban planner (M.Phil-2004). I completed my PhD in Urban Planning in 2008, at the 'Institut d'urbanisme de Grenoble' (Université Pierre Mendes France) where I was also lecturing (part-time and full-time) between 2004 and 2008.
My research focuses on understanding urban transformations, at different spatial and temporal scales and examined through different conceptual lenses. I have a keen interest in interdisciplinary and comparative research, in various locations (Europe, UK, South and East Africa, Brazil, Lebanon, Russia)
My research contribution spans from developing alternative models to understanding cities with key account of locality, context and temporalities (temporary urbanism, alternative-substitute place making, responsible inclusive planning), to re-thinking systematically the connection between cities, planning, health and sustainability with a specific focus on the most vulnerable communities and on how adaptability and flexibility can be tackled in the planning and urban-making process.