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Frances Brill



UCL Department of Geography
University College London
Pearson Building
Gower Street









2015. MSc Sociology, London School of Economics.

Thesis title: Who Rules London? An analysis of Power Structure during the CrossRail decision making process

2013. BA Land Economy, University of Cambridge


2013 ongoing Civic Voice, Expert Panel member

2015 - 2017 Shelter England, Community Researcher, Volunteering Team


2013 – Town and Country Planning Association, Research Assistant ‘Planning out Poverty’ (Webb Trust funded)

PhD Research

The Developer in Question: A Comparison of the Role of Developers in London's Royal Docks and Modderfontein, Johannesburg

This project looks at how the ‘developer’ functions, how they interact with other political agents within the formal and informal elements of planning processes. Of particular interest is how the developer changes structures of governance and what this means. Adding to existing comparative urbanism research, the transnational nature of the developer and using two sites in conversation with one another, are used to exam how ideas and methods of urban governance move around the world.


Brill, F. (2018) Learning from the Institute of Making Connecting Research and Teaching: Students as Partners in Shaping Higher Education, ed. Vincent Tong, Alex Standen and Mina Sotiriou.London: UCL Press, Forthcoming (2018)

Brill, F. (2015) Comparative Urbanism, Skin Deep: Outside the Academy, vol.3


R = T, presented at the Insitute of Education’s Teaching and Learning Conference (2016)

‘Conceptualising the urban through difference in comparative studies’ with Camila Saraiva, presented at the Stadtlkolloqium Annual Conference (2015)

Online Writing

Global Urbanist – Multiple Pieces on urban policy, housing and gender – Multiple pieces on British politics, housing and planning policy


Africa@LSE – Multiple pieces on Africa governance and cities



Qualifications and Training

2016 HEA Associate Fellow

2015 UCL Arena One Teaching Associate Programme (TAP) for the School of Laws, Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences

2014 Arena 1 PGTA Gateway course


PGTA Roles - UCL

Academic year 2016-17:

  • MSc Gender and Sexualities
  • Paris Fieldtrip
  • Development Geography
  • Global Geographies

Academic year 2015-16:

  • MSc Gender and Sexualities
  • Paris Fieldtrip
  • Development Geography
  • Global Geographies
  • Politics and Society (Geography)
  • Research Methods/Second Year Readings Groups

Academic year 2014-2015

  • London: a Geographical Introduction
  • Research Methods/Second Year Readings Groups