Professor Marion Roberts
Professor of Urban Design
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Prior to my first appointment at the University of Westminster, now over twenty five years ago, I was educated (UCL) and worked as an architect, before going on to do a PhD at Cardiff University. I became a Professor, and have taken various administrative roles, including two years as acting Head of Department and a number of years as Faculty Coordinator for PhDs. My research interests have been in the field of urban design with a particular emphasis on the relationships between social issues and their physical context. As a consequence my research up till a decade ago incorporated a diverse range of topics, from public art to mixed-income housing to mixed-use streets. I have received research funding from institutions such as the Leverhulme Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, from central and local government and from not-for-profit organisations.
I have taught urban design and planning for over twenty years. I have been course leader for the BA Town Planning, the BA Urban Design, the Postgraduate Certificate in Street Design and Practice and the MA Urban Design. The opportunity to teach in central London has been a real privilege as London itself provides an infinitely rich and changing subject of study. It also offers a diverse and talented pool of students and practitioners to relate to. My current teaching responsibilities are as follows:
- Dissertation tutoring MA Urban Design and MA International Planning and Sustainable Development
- Module Leader for MA Urban Design modules: Urbanism and Design: Form, Context and Philosophies & Public Realm: Significance, Design and Experience.
- Tutoring on the MA Urban and Regional Planning: Making and Managing Projects and teaching Research Methods
The relationship between the evening and night-time economy and the city; gender plus issues in urban planning and design. I am writing journal articles and book chapters on these topics, while finishing projects and making bids for further grants and other funding.
Research consultancy for London's Night Time Commission (with colleagues Prof Guy Osborn, Dr Adam Eldridge, Dr Simon Flacks, Jonathan Robinson and external consultants TBR Ltd.).
Contribution to UNDP Cities Alliance funded study of the informal economy in Uganda's secondary cities (PI Tony Lloyd-Jones)
I was co-leader for WG3 (Cities, Transport, Energy and Climate Change) in the European Commission funded COST network, Gender STE TA1021. (http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/governance/genderste). The working group brought together researchers and policy makers from almost all of the EU member states, near neighbours of Turkey, Israel and Egypt and from New Zealand, Canada and the USA.
My most recent research grant was from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for an investigation into the place based factors implicated in youth drinking cultures. Tim Townshend from Newcastle University was co-Investigator for the project. Dr Adam Eldridge and Dr Ilaria Pappaleporeat the University of Westminster also contributed. http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/local-variations-youth-drinking-cultures
Currently I am supervising one full-time and two part-time students.
Completions since 2009
- Ram Sateesh Pasupuleti
- Atepheh Amid
- Adel Ali Mohamed
- Greg Cowan
- Sanaz Shobeiri
I am a member of the Urban Design Group, the Academy of Urbanism and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Design.
I am also an assessor for the Australian Research Council and regularly review journal articles, book proposals and research proposals.