Dr Aude Bicquelet-Lock, RTPI Deputy Head of Policy and Research, has been appointed Visiting Professor at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, University of the West of England.
As part of her role, she will offer expertise in planning, public policy and health research. Prior to joining RTPI - where she leads projects on planning at regional, national and international levels - Dr Bicquelet-Lock was a lecturer on research methods at the London School of Economics. She is also a political scientist with a background in European and International Politics.
As UWE Visiting Professor, Dr Bicquelet-Lock will lecture on research methods in planning and supervise students. She will also sit on the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF) board – a process of expert review that provides accountability for public investment in research.
Dr Bicquelet-Lock, RTPI Deputy Head of Policy and Research, said:
“I am delighted to have been appointed Visiting Professor at UWE. This collaboration between RTPI as a chartered membership body and the University of the West of England, is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and implement a unified approach to planning.
I am delighted to have been appointed Visiting Professor at UWE. This collaboration between RTPI as a chartered membership body and the University of West of England, is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and implement a unified approach to planning.
“As supervisor of masters students, I look forward to learning about new insights into planning research, and in turn, sharing the latest RTPI policy practice.”
Laurence Carmichael, Senior Lecturer and Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, said:
“Dr Bicquelet-Lock’s appointment is a key step in bridging research and practice in the field of healthy urban design and planning. This is particularly timely as WHO healthy Cities programme is moving towards phase VII in 2019, supporting the WHO 2030 agenda which is aimed at building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable future for all.
“Healthy places are at the core of phase VII, and urban planning is central to managing socio‐economic and environmental complexity. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with a professional membership body and the coming together of academia and practice to help deliver this agenda.”
Shaping the UN’s 2030 agenda
Dr Bicquelet’s engagement with the World Health Organisation 2030 Agenda at UWE, comes at a time when the Institute is more broadly aligning its research work and outreach to the mission of the UN. The upcoming research led by RTPI International Research Officer Dr Michele Vianello, will look at how humanitarian agencies consider spatial planning issues in the management and coordination of camps for displaced populations affected by humanitarian crises.