Housing justice and urban planning during pandemic times

A DPU UCL dialogue with prof Raquel Rolnik

During this discussion, Raquel’s recent research into territorial mobilisations and the role of planning in the biopolitical urban governance of Brazilian cities, was brought into dialogue with Adriana’s experiences as President of Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and Paroj’s emerging work on urban unsafety and houselessness in India during the pandemic.

Closed with a chaired audience Q&A, the event opened a fascinating window into the ways in which the pandemic has served to simultaneously reveal, accelerate, and transform today’s housing question(s).

Chaired by Prof Adriana Allen, Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, and President of Habitat International Coalition (HIC).


  • Prof Raquel Rolnik, Full professor Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo Universidade de São paulo and co-coordinator of LabCidade - Right to the city Laboratory.
  • Dr Paroj Banerjee (FHEA), Lecturer (Teaching) and Joint Programme Leader of the Development Administration and Planning (DAP) at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL.

Reflections by:

  • Pierre Arnold: Project Manager at UrbaMonde - France
  • Camila Cociña: PhD Development Planning and MSc Building and Urban Design in Development by UCL; Research Fellow at Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) programme;
  • Barbara Lipietz: Associate Professor, Development Planning Unit; Vice Dean International, the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. coordinator of the "Urban transformations" research cluster

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