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 and 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.
I am an urban planner, with over 15 years of experience, including more than ten years in UK Higher Education. My research focuses on understanding ‘urban transformations, at different spatial and temporal scales and examined through different conceptual lenses. One of my key contributions is in the emerging field of 'temporary urbanism'. I have a keen interest in interdisciplinary and comparative research, having successfully led and co-led thirteen interdisciplinary projects, with a strong European and international dimension.
My research contribution spans from developing alternative models to understanding cities with key account of locality and context (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.