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Dr Lauren Andres

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Associate Professor in Urban Planning I The Bartlett School of Planning Faculty of the Built Environment I UK

Dr Lauren Andres is an urban planner, with over 15 years of experience, including more than ten years in UK Higher Education. Her research focuses on understanding ‘urban transformations, at different spatial and temporal scales and examined through different conceptual lenses. One of her key contributions is in the emerging field of 'temporary urbanism'. She has a keen interest in interdisciplinary and comparative research, having successfully led and co-led thirteen interdisciplinary projects, with a strong European and international dimension (South and East Africa, Brazil and Russia).


Dr. Andres's research contribution is in the field of planning and urban studies. She has a specific interest in the following areas:


  • deconstructing the ‘trajectory’ of transformation of spaces within small and large scale regeneration, exploring both past, present and future dynamics;

  • decrypting urban temporalities and their role in place-making and the governance of space through what she names 'temporary urbanism';

  • reflecting upon the challenges faced to implement sustainable and resilient planning at community, city and regional levels; 

  • developing systems thinking for healthier cities, where planning, economic development, transport and environmental policy are viewed holistically, to tackle key economic and environmental challenges, including air pollution;

  • assess the needs and challenges of altering planning education and practice in changing and very diverse planning systems, specifically in the Global South to address capacity and skills shortages.

Dr Andres joined the Bartlett School of Planning in January 2020 as Associate Professor in Urban Planning. She was previously a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Spatial Planning, at the University of Birmingham (2009-2019).

She originally trained in France, as an urban geographer (BSc-2002, MSc-2003) and urban planner (M.Phil-2004). She completed her PhD in Urban Planning in 2008, at the 'Institut d'urbanisme de Grenoble' (Université Pierre Mendes France) where she was also lecturing (part-time and full-time) between 2004 and 2008.

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