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Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality is funded by UKRI through the Global Challenges Research Fund GROW Call, and led by The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. 

Apsan Frediani

Lead Co-Investigator WP4

Translating Research into Practice 

Bartlett DPU, UCL


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I am a Senior Lecturer at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit. I also co-direct the MSc in Social Development Practice and direct the DPUs communications.
In KNOW, I am leading Work Package 4, which focuses on translating research into practice to advance urban equality.


My research interests include the application of Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach in development practice; participatory planning and design; as well as housing and informal settlement upgrading. I have collaborated with academics and grassroots collectives in Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya, and South Africa.


Apart from research and action learning initiatives, I have provided consultancy for international development donors and agencies such as Oxfam, Comic Relief, Practical Action and UNDP. I am a founding and board member of the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC). I am also on the board of Habitat International Coalition and an associate of Architecture Sans Frontières–UK.

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