Dr. Claire Colomb

Reader in Planning and Urban Sociology

Claire Colomb (B.A. Hons, Ph.D., MRTPI) is Reader in Planning and Urban Sociology in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Her background is in sociology and politics (with a first degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris – Sciences-Po) and urban and regional planning (with a PhD in Town Planning from University College London, the Bartlett School of Planning). Her research interests cover European spatial planning and comparative urban & regional planning; and urban governance, public policies and urban social mobilisations in European cities. She is the author of Staging the New Berlin (Routledge, 2011), European Spatial Planning and Territorial Cooperation (Routledge, 2010, with S. Dühr and V. Nadin) and editor of Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City (Routledge, 2016, with J. Novy).

Recent London posts

Planning for residential ‘value’ in London?

Planning for residential ‘value’ in London?

Image by David SamuelIn a seminar for the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, London WHIG team member Nicola Livingstone reflected on findings from a recently published paper that explores planning for ‘value’ through densification. ​The paper...

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...