Dr Andrea Frank PhD, MUP, Dipl-Ing (Arch), SFHEA

Dr Andrea Frank

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning

Dr Andrea Frank is an urban planning scholar regarded for her work on community engagement in planning as well as researching and advancing planning education and pedagogies particularly in respect to international and community-engaged (socially responsible) co-learning. She is regularly invited as keynote speaker on education for spatial planning issues.


  • Certificate in Practical Leadership for University Management – ILM, 2009
  • PhD, Urban Technological and Environmental Planning - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, 2000
  • Master in Urban Planning (MUP) and Certificate in Gaming/Simulation studies – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, 1994
  • Dipl-Ing (Architecture) – University of Stuttgart, Germany, 1990


Andrea is a dedicated educator and passionate about teaching. She teaches urban studies and planning topics on the BSc Human Geography/Planning and the MSc Urban and Regional Planning, including for example:

  • GGM216 Berlin Field Course and Dissertation Lab
  • GGM218 Human Research Methods
  • LM International Planning
  • LM Sustainable Cities


Andrea is an urban planning academic with research interest in community involvement/public participation, citizen science, green infrastructure, sustainable development and international comparative planning. She is also an internationally recognised expert in planning education and pedagogy. 

Other activities

  • Co-editor, Transactions of AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning)
  • External Examiner (Urban Planning) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
  • Lead for Thematic Group on Planning Education of AESOP
  • Visiting positions at University of Applied Sciences at Stuttgart (2007- present), HafenCity University Hamburg (2019), Universitas Indonesia (2019)
  • Global Planning Education Association Network – council chair (GPEAN) (2009-14)
  • International Board Member: SAGSAGA, Society of German Simulation and Gaming Association. Jury member for Annual Gaming/simulation Prize 2014 - present
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014 - present )


Recent publications


Frank, A & da Pires, AR (eds) 2021, Teaching urban and regional planning: Innovative Pedagogies in Practice. Elgar Guides to Teaching, 1st edn, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788973632

Silver, C & Frank, AI (eds) 2021, Transformative planning: Smarter, Greener and More Inclusive Practices. Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning, 1st edn, Routledge, New York. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003178545

Frank, AI & Silver, C 2017, Urban Planning Education: Beginnings, Global Movement and Future Prospects. The Urban Book Series.


Frank, A 2021, 'Higher education futures? reflections on COVID-19, digitalization, and Gen Z expectations', Transactions of the Association of European Schools of Planning, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 85-94. https://doi.org/10.24306/TrAESOP.2021.02.001

Frank, AI, Flynn, A, Nick, H & Silve, C 2021, 'More than open space! The case for green infrastructure teaching in planning curricula', Urban Planning, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 63-74. https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v6i1.3518

Sartorio, FS, Aelbrecht, P, Kamalipour, H & Frank, A 2021, 'Towards an antifragile urban form: a research agenda for advancing resilience in the built environment', Urban Design International, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 135-158. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41289-021-00157-7

Frank, AI 2020, 'Observations of a Pandemic Flâneuse: Behaviour Change and Adapting Public Space in Birmingham, United Kingdom', disP - The Planning Review, vol. 223, no. 4/2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/02513625.2020.1906048

Frank, AI 2019, 'Enhancing internationalisation through inter-institutional collaboration: Innovative practices in planning education', Transactions of the Association of European Schools of Planning, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 7. https://doi.org/10.24306/TrAESOP.2019.01.002

Frank, A 2018, 'Designing Impact Evaluation for Students’ Engagement with Communities in Planning Education', Journal of Planning Education and Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456x18807287

Frank, AI 2017, 'Andrea I. Frank — Key planning issues for Europe for the next decades? Comparing perspectives from 1997 and 2017', DisP, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 62-63. https://doi.org/10.1080/02513625.2017.1340704

Frank, A 2016, 'Educating spatial planners for the age of co-creation: the need to risk community, science and practice involvement in planning programmes and curricula', Planning, Practice and Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2016.1222120

Frank, A 2016, 'Multiversity of the twenty-first century – examining opportunities for integrating community engagement in planning curricula', Planning, Practice and Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2016.1180573


Frank, AI 2019, Education and demonstration of professional competence. in The Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education. Taylor and Francis, pp. 12-27. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315661063-2

Frank, A & Marsden, T 2016, Regional spatial planning, government and governance as recipe for sustainable development? in Research in Rural Sociology and Development. Research in Rural Sociology and Development, vol. 23, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., pp. 241-271. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1057-192220160000023011


Frank, AI 2022, 'Learning to learn collaboratively', Planning Practice & Research, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 484-488. https://doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2022.2076795

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