The LSE Regional and Urban Planning Studies programme teamed up with LSE London to organise the Progressing Planning series of events on housing, sustainability and advocacy and publish blogs on any relevant issue which refers to planning. Progressing Planning aim is to bring back together alumni from the MSc programme and pairing them up with academics from LSE. Progressing Planning also supports Planning for Justice, a coalition of students and academics committed to anti-racist planning efforts.
About our partners
Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the LSE
LSE’s Regional and Urban Planning Programme began as an idea, sparked by three LSE professors: Peter Self (government), Alan Day (economics) and Michael Wise (geography) and was officially launched by Sir Peter Hall in 1965. Since then the MSc has trained more than 1000 students coming from all over the world. Its planning Master’s degrees and PhDs helped to produce leaders in the fields of urban and regional planning, architecture, transport, real estate, and academia. Its mission is to understand planning, not as a purely technical subject, but as one that interacts with populations, politics and economy.
In 1998, the London School of Economics established LSE London as a centre of research excellence on the economic and social issues of the London region, as well as the problems and possibilities of other urban and metropolitan regions. Today the centre has a strong international reputation particularly in the fields of labour markets, social and demographic change, housing, finance and governance, and is the leading academic centre for analyses of city-wide developments in London.
About our projects
Planning for Justice
Planning for Justice is a coalition of graduate students, alumni and faculty in Regional and Urban Planning Studies who are launching a resource platform and global research initiative on the relationship between urban planning and systemic inequality. They crafted a growing digital library–with accessible articles, academic work and action items–as a democratic tool for learning and advocacy. They also started a blog to make space for new reflections. The coalition is explicitly committed to anti-racist planning efforts and aims to disrupt legacies of uneven development through scholarship, dialogue and the promotion of progressive projects.
About our Planning for Justice’s team
Dr. Nancy Holman
Dr Nancy Holman is one of the programme officers for LSE London. She is currently an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Nancy joined the Department of Geography & Environment at LSE in August 2008 having previously managed the MSc in Housing and Regeneration in the Department of Social Policy. A planner by training she has a PhD in Urban Policy (University of Portsmouth, 1999) and an MSc in Community and Regional Planning (University of Texas, 1996). Her work deals primarily with issues of governance and local planning including sustainable development and community participation.
Dr. Romola Sanyal
Dr. Romola Sanyal is Associate Professor of Urban Geography at the London School of Economics. She has a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Romola’s research focuses on forced migration and urbanisation. In one strand of her research, she looks at how refugees and other forced migrants become ‘city makers’ through building and inhabiting urban spaces. In this work, she has studied Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut and Partition refugee colonies in Calcutta. A second strand of this work looks at the geopolitics of humanitarian knowledge production, particularly on urban refugees. Titled Urban Humanitarianism, this work looks at how humanitarian organizations come to learn from and intervene in urban areas through various experiments and what politics are involved in building and sharing that knowledge. Her work has been published in a number of journals including Urban Studies, IJURR, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Political Geography. She is co-editor of Urbanizing Citizenship: Contested Spaces in Indian Cities(with Dr Renu Desai, Sage India, 2011) and Displacement: Global Conversations on Refuge (with Dr Silvia Pasquetti, Manchester University Press, 2020).
Katie is a RUPS graduate interested in urban environmental justice. Her dissertation explored plans to shut down a New York City prison and convert it into a renewable energy hub instead. She has worked in London with the Town and Country Planning Association; in New York with both the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation and NYC Department of City Planning; and in Kampala with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Previously, she researched social housing, land rights, and supply chains while completing her undergraduate degree at New York University.
Benedikt works in the research unit in We Made That, an energetic research, urbanism, and architecture practice with a strong public conscience. He is part of the 2019/20 RUPS cohort and his academic interest lies in the geographies of post-socialism, segregation of Romani people in Europe and queer scholarship. In his dissertation, Benedikt focused on the territories of private property that emerged during the post-socialist transformation in Czechia and the resulting banishment of Romani people from urban centres. Benedikt did his undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at UCL and previously worked in research positions at the UCL Department of Political Science and in Czech AIDS Help Society. In 2019, Benedikt helped to prepare the international design competition for the Memorial to the Holocaust of the Roma and Sinti in Lety, Czechia as a planning assistant in ONplan.
Chijioke graduated from the LSE in MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies in December 2019. Chijioke combines an interest in how technology can help to create affordable housing, through social entrepreneurship. Between 2018 and 2020, Chijioke has worked for a prop-tech data analysis start up, worked as an LSE research assistance in homesharing and completed an internship in Development Management for Lendlease working on the HS2 London Euston gateway. From September 2019 to August 2020 Chijioke worked as a Regeneration Consultant for Avison Young using socio-economic research and planning policy to advice on urban development projects. Chijioke currently is a public speaker and entrepreneur, passionate about how business can be used to redistribute societal resources.
Fanny is a Policy Officer at LSE London where she carries out policy-oriented analysis and public engagement in the fields of housing and urban planning. She is co-author of several reports targeted at policymakers and practitioners including Residents’ experience of high-density housing in London and A 21st Century Metropolitan Green Belt. Fanny is also in charge of events at LSE London and has developed the ‘London Talks’ with Nancy Holman & Alan Mace since January 2019. Fanny holds a BA from Sciences Po, a BSc from la Sorbonne and a dual MSc in Urban Policy from Sciences Po and the London School of Economics.
Martina is LSE London’s Communication Assistant and she works as an ORAM Fellow for the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE. Martina recently graduated from LSE and holds a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies. Her dissertation focused on the analysis of the policy drivers that led to the emergence of new local governance structures to tackle food poverty in London. Before joining LSE, she graduated in Public Policies at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and worked in the field of public affairs and social impact.
Alice is a master’s student in the Urban Policy Dual Degree programme between LSE (RUPS) and Sciences Po Paris (Urban and Territorial Strategies). She is particularly interested in gender and environmental justice, exploring how a gender-aware approach to urban resilience planning can contribute to build more inclusive cities. She holds a bachelor’s from Sciences Po Paris and studied one year abroad at UBC, Vancouver.
Brittany is a master’s student at LSE in the Regional and Urban Planning Studies program. She seeks to explore combatting social and race-based inequity in urban environments, specifically through a food justice lens. Previous to LSE, she spent time working within the US Department of Agriculture on data analytics, change management, and business process reengineering projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Computer Science and Global Public Health with a minor in Environments and Sustainability.