Dr Callum Ward

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

​Dr Callum Ward is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Awarded his PhD from KU Leuven in 2019 for a thesis on the financialisation of built environment in Northwest England and Flanders, he has published on land rent theory, the governance of land ‘assetisation’, and the financial engineering of port infrastructure. He joined UCL from York University, Canada, where he had been investigating monopoly in the tech sector. Callum’s research centres on questions of governance in an increasingly rentier-dominated economy and the associated politics of (who is exposed to) risk.

Dr Callum Ward

Recent London posts

The Geographies of Viability Planning

The Geographies of Viability Planning

In a recent new publication Whig researchers Jess Ferm and Mike Raco explore the geographies of viability-driven planning reform in England.Drawing on interviews and fieldwork in London and the North East region, the paper reflects on the variable outcomes and...

Towards an understanding of the role of debt

Towards an understanding of the role of debt

Given our focus on investment into residential real estate, an essential dimension is understanding how housing fits more broadly within the financialized economy of the UK (and the Netherlands and France).  An important but under engaged within urban studies part of...

Community Led Regeneration: the London Case

Community Led Regeneration: the London Case

UCL has a long-standing relationship with Just Space, an umbrella organisation for community groups across London. Whilst the WHIG project is not explicitly working with them at this stage, their work is highly relevant to understanding the planning context of London...