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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. 

Yael Padan

Research Fellow WP3

Ethics of Research Practice 

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

I am an architect from Israel, with an MSc in architectural history and theory and a PhD in Sociology. In the KNOW programme, I am a Research Fellow in Work Package 3: Ethics of Research and Practice.


I have conducted practical work in architecture and planning, as well as academic and applied research. In my PhD, I investigated the representational qualities of miniature architectural models and the role they play in the context of various exhibitions, theme parks and heritage sites in constructing a sense of collective memory and national identity. My following publications continued the investigation of architectural models as political representations of contested spaces.

I was head of the Department for Urbanism and Social Justice at BIMKOM - Planners for Planning Rights - an NGO promoting social equality and human rights in Israel and Palestine. I conducted ‘top down’ work with decision-makers, aimed at influencing housing and planning policies, and ‘bottom up’ work with under-privileged communities, aimed at learning about their planning requirements and opinions, and providing professional knowledge required to empower them to influence planning processes.


The aim of WP3 is to develop a situated ethics approach that supports knowledge co-production for urban equality. Jane Rendell and I will develop ethical principles, guidelines and case studies for an ‘ethics of practice’ for research, capacity-building and co-production of knowledge for urban equality.

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