Dr Lauren Andres PhD

Lauren Andres

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

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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Lauren Andres is a Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning. Her expertise sits within the field of urban studies and planning with a key interest in urban temporalities, air pollution and planning education. She has extensive expertise in leading and participating to interdisciplinary projects,  in a variety of contexts mainly Europe, Africa and Brazil.

Website: www.laurenandresurbanist.com

Her  research is at the intersection of debates in urban planning and urban geography. The key word summarising what she has been exploring for the last fifteen year is ‘urban transformations’, at different spatial and time scales. This includes social economic changes and their impact in the production of derelict spaces, environmental changes and challenges for sustainable and resilient planning – with a specific focus on air pollution - and governance and political changes leading to various voices to interfere in the production of new urban spaces.

Lauren is leading the GEES Urban Initiative. The Urban Initiative operates as an interdisciplinary virtual centre bringing together researchers from the School in the areas of human (particularly urban and economic) and physical geography, urban planning, environmental and health sciences. It also includes undergraduates, postgraduates, alumni and stakeholders interested in the urban and will collaborate with other scientists and research units across the University and beyond.  She is playing a key role in developing a new field of expertise so called ‘temporary urbanism’ and has  set up the Temporary Urbanism Lab to allow researchers and practitioners interested in this issue to connect.
Her recent grant successes are exemplary of her engagement in international interdisciplinary collaborations. While for example the ESRC/NRF SAPER looks at the internationalisation of planning education, the DFID ASAP East Africa focuses on air pollution and stresses the importance of the built environment and the local urban context in assessing such environmental and public health issues. In Brazil, through the ‘Re-Inhabiting the City’ project (EPSRC/FAPESP), we question the re-use/re-design of vacant spaces in Sao Paulo's vacant urban core. Her contribution also includes key outputs to the urban and everyday resilience debate, looking at communities and SMEs and thus interrogating the impact of socio-economic downturns on the development of coping strategies and tactics.


  • PhD in Urban Planning – 2008
  • M. Phil in Urban Planning - 2004
  • MSc in Geography and Planning - 2003
  • BSc in Geography and Planning - 2002


MSc Urban and Regional Planning

  • Sustainable Cities (module leader)
  • The Planner in Contemporary Society (module leader)

In 2012 Dr Andres received the Head of School's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning.

Postgraduate supervision

Potential students interested in the area of urban and cultural regeneration, sustainable development, creative cities and planning, can contact Dr Andres directly, or visit her FindAPhD page for available opportunities.

Other activities

Lauren is the co-chair of the French & British Planning Study. She is a member of the Regional Studies Association and the School contact point for AESOP.

She was the principal organizer of the 2011 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference. Prior to that she was also the principal organizer of the 4th International conference on territorial planning (Grenoble-2007). Lauren currently acts as a member of the international scientific committee for the European Urban Research Association (EURA)_Urban Affairs Association (UAA) third Joint Conference on City Futures, Paris, 18-20 June 2014.

Dr Andres regularly provides international expertise. This included in 2011-2012 her input to the programme POPSU Europe - La ville des créateurs for the cities of Lausanne and Birmingham and her participation to the Made in Kazan Event in September 2012

Lauren acts as an academic reviewer for several Research Councils across Europe (ESRC, ANR, DFG, Swiss National Science Foundation, Leverhulme Trust); she is regularly invited to review papers in various international journals (European Planning Studies, the Journal of Public Administration, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography, The International Journal of Cultural Policy).

Dr Andres is a member of the international editorial board of “Espaces et Sociétés”.


Recent publications


Andres, L, Jones, P, Denoon-Stevens, S & Melgaco Silva Marques, L 2019, 'Negotiating polyvocal strategies: re-reading de Certeau through the lens of urban planning in South Africa', Urban Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098019875423

Andres, L, Bakare, H, Bryson, J, Khaemba, W, Melgaco Silva Marques, L & Mwaniki, G 2019, 'Planning, temporary urbanism and citizen-led alternative-substitute place-making in the Global South', Regional Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1665645

Andres, L & Golubchikov, O 2017, 'The limits to artists-led regeneration: creative brownfields in the cities of high culture', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 757–775. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12412

Andres, L, Mensah, CA, Baidoo, P, Eshun, JK & Antwi, KB 2016, 'Community Participation in Urban Planning: The case of managing green spaces in Kumasi, Ghana', Urban Forum. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12132-016-9295-7

Andres, L, Adjei Mensah, C, Perera, U & Roji, A 2016, 'Enhancing quality of life through the lens of green spaces: A systematic review approach', International Journal of Wellbeing, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 142-163. https://doi.org/10.5502/ijw.v6i1.445

Andres, L & Round, J 2015, 'The creative economy in a context of transition: A review of the mechanisms of micro-resilience', Cities, vol. 45, pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2015.02.003

Sykes, O, Andres, L & Booth, P 2015, 'The potential and perils of cross-national planning research', Town and Country Planning, vol. 84, no. 2, pp. 98-103.

Andres, L & Round, J 2015, 'The role of ‘persistent resilience’ within everyday life and polity: households coping with marginality within the ‘Big Society'', Environment and Planning A, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 676 – 690. https://doi.org/10.1068/a46299

Andres, L & Grésillon, B 2014, 'European Capital of Culture’: A leverage for regional development and governance? The case of Marseille Provence 2013', Regions The Newsletter of the Regional Studies Association, vol. 295, no. 1, pp. 8-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/13673882.2014.11006050

Andres, L 2014, 'Ville créative, entre richesse et fourre-tout', France Forum, vol. 54.

Andres, L, sykes, O & Booth, P 2014, 'AESOP's Thematic Groups – Part 1: French and British Planning Studies Group', DisP, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 80-83. https://doi.org/10.1080/02513625.2014.945296

Andres, L 2013, 'Differential Spaces, Power Hierarchy and Collaborative Planning: A Critique of the Role of Temporary Uses in Shaping and Making Places', Urban Studies, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 759-775. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098012455719

Andres, L & Chapain, C 2013, 'The integration of cultural and creative industries into local and regional development strategies in Birmingham and Marseille: Towards a more inlcusive governance?', Regional Studies, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 161-182. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2011.644531

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Andres, L 2013, L'intérim, le temporaire et la veille comme enjeux d'une ville réversible et éminemment mutable. in Villes, territoires et réversiblités. Editions Hermann.


Andres, L & Chapain, C 2015, Creative systems: a new integrated approach to understanding the complexity of cultural and creative industries in Eastern and Western countries. in J Bryson & P Daniels (eds), The Handbook of Service Business: Management, Marketing, Innovation and Internationalisation. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., pp. 349-370.

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