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Claire Colomb


Bartlett School of Planning
University College London
Wates House, 22 Gordon Street
London WC1H 0QB, UK
Tel: +44 20 7769 4890

Lebenslauf / Curriculum Vitae


Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Urban Sociology and European Spatial Planning
University College London, The Bartlett School of Planning (UCL Faculty of the Built Environment)


PhD in Town Planning, University College London (UCL), The Bartlett School of Planning (2008)

MPhil in Town Planning, University College London, Bartlett School of Planning (2000)

Diplôme (B.A. Hons) of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) with distinctions (Sociology, Political science, European Studies) (1998)


Urban governance, policies and politics:
- The changing politics of planning and urban development in European cities, with a particular focus on new forms of urban entrepreneurialism, urban marketing and urban policies (UK, France, Germany, Spain)
- The contested politics of urban regeneration in European cities (in particular culture-led urban regeneration strategies)

European spatial planning and European Union policies with a territorial impact:
- The impact of the EU on spatial planning, regional development and urban policies across Europe and the Europeanisation of planning and urban policies
- European transnational cooperation networks between cities and regions (in particular under the INTERREG programmes) and their impact on policy learning and cognitive Europeanisation
- The emergence of a European agenda on spatial planning and territorial cohesion

Urban sociology:
- The impact of urban policies on gentrification, segregation and social mix in European cities
- Urban social movements and urban regeneration

For an updated list of research activities and publications, see
and http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/planning

Publikationen / Publications etc.


Colomb, C. (2011) Staging the New Berlin. Place Marketing and the Politics of Urban Reinvention post-1989. London, New York: Routledge. See http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415594035/

Dühr, S., Colomb, C. and Nadin, V. (2010) European spatial planning and territorial cooperation, London, New York: Routledge. See http://www.routledge.com/books/European-Spatial-Planning-and-Territorial-Co-operation-isbn9780415467742


Colomb, Claire (2007) ‘Requiem for a lost Palace. ‘Revanchist urban planning’ and ‘burdened landscapes’ of the GDR in the new Berlin’, Planning Perspectives, 22 (3), 283-323.

Colomb, Claire (2007) ‘Unpacking New Labour’s ‘Urban Renaissance’ agenda. Towards a socially sustainable reurbanization of British cities?’, Planning, Practice and Research, 22 (1), 1-24.

Colomb, Claire (2007) ‘The Added Value of Transnational Cooperation – Towards a New Framework for Evaluating Learning and Policy Change’, Planning Practice and Research, 22 (3), 347 – 372.

Colomb, Claire (2010)‚ ‚Repräsentationen des neuen Berlin in den 1990er Jahren: die Konstruktion von symbolischen Orten durch Stadtmarketing‘, in Altrock, U., Huning, S., Kuder, T., Nuissl, H. and Peters, D. (eds) Reihe Planungsrundschau, No. 19, thematic issue on Symbolische Orte. Planerische (De-)Konstruktionen, pp. 57-82.

Colomb, Claire (2011), ‘Culture in the city, culture for the city? The political construction of the trickle-down in cultural regeneration strategies in Roubaix, France’, Town Planning Review, 82(1): 77-98.

Colomb, C. (2011) Urban regeneration and policies of ‘social mixing’ in British cities: a critical assessment. Architecture, City & Environment / Arquitectura, Ciudad y Entorno, No. 17, pp. 223-244 (online at: https://upcommons.upc.edu/revistes/handle/2099/10947).

Novy, J. and Colomb, C.  (2012) ‘Struggling for the right to the (creative) city in Berlin and Hamburg. New urban social movements, new spaces of hope?’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Early view, published online 6 March. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01115.x 

Colomb, C. (2012) ‘Pushing the urban frontier: temporary uses of space, city marketing and the creative city discourse in 2000s Berlin’, Journal of Urban Affairs, 34(2): 131–152.


Häussermann, Hartmut and Colomb, Claire (2003) ‘The New Berlin: marketing the city of dreams’, in Hoffmann, L. M., Fainstein, S. S., and Judd, D. R., (eds) Cities and visitors. Regulating people, markets, and city space, Oxford: Black well, pp. 200-218.

Colomb, Claire (2006) ‚Konstrukt Vergangenheit. ‚Revanchistische Stadtplanung‘ und ‚burdened landscapes‘ im neuen Berlin. Der Beitrag der Zwischennutzungsinitiative in der Debatte um die Zukunft der Spreeinsel‘, in Deuflhard, A. and Oswalt, P. (eds), Volkspalast. Zwischen Aktivismus und Kunst, Berlin: Theater der Zeit, pp. 142-52.

Colomb, C. (2009) ‘Gentrification and community empowerment in East London’, in Porter, L. and Shaw, K. (eds) Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of urban regeneration policies, London: Routledge, pp. 157-166.

Colomb, Claire and Kalandides, Ares (2010) ‘The new ‘be Berlin’ campaign: old wine in new bottles or innovative form of participatory place branding?’, in Ashworth, G.J. and M. Kavaratzis (eds), Towards effective place brand management: branding European cities and regions, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, US: Edward Elgar, pp. 173-190.

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