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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