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Rethinking Urban Nature

Matthew Gandy begins European Research Council project

Rethinking Urban Nature

Professor Matthew Gandy has begun his European Research Council Advanced Grant project, Rethinking Urban Nature.

Running until 2019, the project will involve a team of researchers, co-hosted by UCL Geography and the UCL Urban Laboratory, exploring six intersecting themes:

  • New approaches to urban ecology
  • Post-humanism and different conceptions of agency
  • Epidemiology, insect vectors and the political ecology of water
  • Wastelands and urban bio-diversity
  • The role of aesthetics, landscape and “non-design” in urban space
  • Intersections between marginal spaces and cultural practice.


The theoretical aspects of the project will be developed through a series of case studies based primarily in London, Berlin, Tallinn, and Chennai.

There are also two fully-funded PhD scholarships attached to the programme, to be offered in 2015.

Enquires about the project, including PhD opportunities, can be directed to Matthew Gandy at:



East Reservoir, Hackney, London (2010). Photo: Matthew Gandy

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