Description: The Development Planning Unit (DPU) is an academic department of University College London which conducts research, postgraduate teaching and training and advisory services that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the global south.

Mission: We believe in a just world in which men and women are equally able to choose, plan and manage their own lives and communities, and to influence local, national and global development in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Our mission is to build the capacity of professionals and institutions to design and implement innovative, sustainable and inclusive strategies. We want to enable people who are generally excluded from decision-making to play a full and rewarding role in their own development. To do this, we: i) challenge orthodox development agendas in our teaching and training; ii) explore and test enabling, participatory and gender aware approaches to development through action-oriented research; iii) promote strategic partnerships to integrate and inclusively manage cities and development through institutional advice and consultancy; iv) support the networking of individuals, community organisations, NGOs and public sector institutions that share our vision.

Outreach: International

Right to the City Components:

  • 2. Gender Equality
  • 3. Inclusive citizenship
  • 4. Enhanced Political Participation
  • 5. Fulfilling its social functions
  • 6. Quality Public Spaces and Services
  • 7. Diverse and Inclusive Economies

Working groups:

  • Research and Training
  • Gender
  • Regional