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The Bartlett School of Planning is one of the world's leading research-led planning schools. The School possesses an international reputation as a centre of academic excellence in research, teaching, and policy and practice interaction within the broad planning arena. We possess an internationally diverse staff and student profile and have an associated creative environment within which to study planning. Located within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities, the School's research and teaching opportunities provide a unique laboratory for knowledge creation, rich in academic, cultural and social diversity.

The School possesses a broad range of staff, with expertise in planning, geography, design, sustainability, economics, sociology, real estate, and politics, and a healthy balance of experienced and younger academics, all of which have well-established international reputations in their fields of expertise. Our research work makes contributions to both the academic physical and social sciences, and we ensure that our outputs can be interpreted for both an academic and practice audience. Members of staff are committed to working in partnership with policy and practice communities to develop innovative ideas for implementation in industry and government. We make links between theory, policy and practice, relating to planning and development in London, throughout the UK, and through a range of international collaborative links. The School's staff have a reputation for setting agendas through their regular book publications and other research outputs.

The Bartlett School offers a unique hands-on learning environment for students, involving interaction with some of the leading urban planning academics and practitioners, through close supervision, creative project work, and teaching innovation. These are the features that distinguish the School's teaching programmes within the planning field internationally. Through our professionally accredited undergraduate, taught Masters and Doctoral programmes, students learn in a creative and highly stimulating environment about the form, planning, design and management of cities and about how to shape their future.

We continue to develop closer links to external agencies and professions as part of our knowledge, research and profiling work. There has never been a more important time for planning in the context of globalisation, economic unevenness, social exclusion, global warming, urban deterioration and increased mobility, and the School is committed to analysing and understanding the challenging tasks that lie before us. We want to ensure that our graduates are at the forefront of these discussions and are able to offer ideas and solutions that will serve a useful purpose in emerging research, and professional and governmental debates, in both the developed and developing world.