Dr Frances Naomi Brill

Researcher

Frances Brill was awarded her PhD in 2019. It was a comparative analysis of real estate developers in the Royal Docks, London and Modderfontein, Johannesburg. Her PhD was deliberately inter-disciplinary and focused on using a grounded approach to re-think how ‘the developer’ is understood within governance situations. Both her sites required analysing the idea of the ‘global’ or ‘international’, especially Chinese, real estate professional. Frances is interested in how the values and perceptions of different real estate professionals, as well as other urban experts, shape development outcomes. Outside of her PhD she has looked at power relationships within contracts and implementing the NUA.

Recent London posts

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...

Hamlet Without the Prince

Hamlet Without the Prince

Hamlet Without the Prince or Why We Need More Research on How Private Sector Actors See the World.I recently gave a paper in the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow on the subject of ‘Seeing Like an Investor’.  The talk was based on a paper that...