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Professor Angelique Chettiparambil Rajan

Professor of Urban Planning and Governance

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  • Public participation and Multi-level governance, 
  • Solid waste management, recycling and the circular economy, 
  • Land management techniques, regulation and community land trusts, 
  • Circular internal migration, 
  • Conservation and Urban History


HBS 124, Whiteknights Campus

Angelique is interested in planning theory, especially in Complexity theory. She has worked with ‘fractals’ to explain planning outcomes linking it to governance arrangements across scales. She has also engaged with the theory of ‘autopoiesis’ to understand how planning practices and outcomes might be explained through the idea of social systems.

Angelique has researched a wide range of issues including public participation in planning, multi-level governance, decentralisation, bottom-up planning practices, higher education, internal circular migration, community land trusts, conservation, urban history, local level health interventions, school meals provision, solid waste and responsible tourism practices. Besides numerous internal University funding, her research has been funded externally by the USAID, Ford Foundation, ESRC, World Food Programme, the Leverhulme Trust and Advance HE of UK. Her research has focused more on India and the UK, though she has also worked with scholars from Ghana, Sri Lanka and Lebanon. Angelique welcomes contacts from potential PhD students and Post-doc applicants interested in any of the subject areas above.

Angelique is Managing Editor of Planning Theory, a top ranking journal in planning (2016 onwards) and is Co-Series Editor for the Edward Elgar Research Agenda for Spatial Interventions Series (2016 onwards). She has published extensively in international peer reviewed journals within Planning and Development and is a recipient of two awards for her publications. Her work has been anthologized twice within both planning and organizational studies disciplines and she has served on PhD viva panels as an Examiner both in the UK and abroad.

Angelique is also Secretary General of the Association of European Schools of Planning (2019-2023) and is one of the UK panellists for AESOP’s Quality Recognition programmes in Planning Education across Europe (2018 onwards). She has been a reviewer for two national teaching awards of Advance HE and also reviews for the practice based route to quality recognition in teaching (FLAIR programme of the University of Reading). Angelique served as the Director of Studies for the Department of Real Estate and Planning (2014-17); as an Academic Developer working on Assessment and Feedback for the Centre for Quality Support and Development (2017-2018); and has job-shared as the School Director of Academic Tutoring for Henley Business School with independent oversight over all UG programmes in the six Departments of the School (2019-20). Currently she is External Examiner at the University of Westminster (2017-2021). Angelique has received internal recognition awards for leadership in promoting innovation in teaching practices and she has been nominated for the Gold Star award by the Reading University Students’ Union. She leads on teaching in three modules/projects: ‘Comparative International Planning Studies’ (UG and PG); ‘Site Planning’ (PG) and ‘Land, Property Rights and Institutions’(PG).

Angelique started her career as a practising architect in India, where she developed and led her own firm. Later she taught at the Cochin University, eventually joining the Kerala Institute of Local Administration to lead the Centre for Urban Studies for close to 5 years. In this capacity, she worked closely with Local Self-Government Institutions throughout the state of Kerala and also the State Town Planning Department. After her PhD from Cardiff University, she completed an ESRC Post-Doc Fellowship at Cardiff University where she also subsequently worked as a Research Fellow. She joined Reading University as a Lecturer in 2009.


  • PhD: School of City and Regional Planning; Cardiff University; United Kingdom (Doctoral Fellowship sponsored by the Ford Foundation).
  • Diploma in Social Science Research Methods: School of City and Regional Planning; Cardiff University; United Kingdom
  • Special Postgraduate Diploma Environmental Management of Human Settlements: Institute of Housing & Urban Development, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Human Settlements Management Institute, New Delhi, India. (Sponsored by NUFFIC).
  • M.Arch (Urban Design): School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi; India. (Sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India).
  • B.Arch: College of Engineering, Trivandrum, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.

Current and past PhD students

Mohammed Rizvi Noordeen: Research title: Managing diverse ethnicity in emerging third world countries: The case of Sri Lanka (2011-2015). First and Sole supervisor. Examined January, 2015.

Senjuti Manna: Research title: Globalization, design process, philosophies and aesthetics in contemporary sustainable landscape architecture in India (2012-16). First supervisor. Examined, January, 2016.

Maxwell Okrah: Research title: Capacity of local government and participatory budgeting: analysis of fiscal decentralisation in Ghana (2013 – 2017). First supervisor. Examined March, 2018.

Joseph Ayitio: Research title: Hybrid Land Governance and the Politics of Institutional Change in Ghana: Explaining Divergent Trajectories. First supervisor. Examined October, 2019.

Rita Nasr: Research title: The Role of Middlemen in the Development of better Recycling Practices in Lebanon. Current State: First supervisor. Second year.


Dr. Christine Mady, Assistant Professor at NDU and ALBA Universities in Lebanon. Funded by the Urban Studies Foundation International Post-Doctoral Fellowship programme. Five months. March 2014-July 2014.

Dr Maxwell Okrah, Lecturer, Department of planning and management, University for Development Studies, Ghana. Funded by the Reading Real Estate Foundation. Two months. June 18th to August 17th, 2018.

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10th March 2020

Drawing a Pint’. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, University of Reading, 2020.

‘A Tale of Two Properties’. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, University of Reading, 2019.

Keeping Urban Housing Permanently Affordable: The London Community Land Trust’ , Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2019.

‘Real Estate Regulation: A Secondary data and Literature Review, Reading Real Estate Foundation, 2018.

‘Development Industry Perceptions of the Real Estate Regulation Act, 2016 in India, 2017.

‘Voices from the Field: The Kudumbashree Project, Kerala’, 2009. International Collaboration Award, Cardiff University, 2009.

The Globalizing State, Public Services and the New Governance of Local Urban Communities in India – The Case of Kerala’ Ford Foundation. 2009

‘Relevance of HGSF in the midday meal programme of Kerala, India’, World Food Programme, 2007.

'A Literature review into Interdisciplinarity',Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), The Higher Education Academy, 2006.

'Pedagogical Approaches incorporating Prior Learning', Subject Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE), The Higher Education Academy 2006.

'Inter-disciplinarity - Comparison of Pedagogical Approaches to Urban Studies in Planning and Sociology', Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology, Politics (C-SAP), The Higher Education Academy, 2005

Leverhulme International Academic Fellowship (2019-2020)

Visiting Fellow, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (2013, 2014)

Senior Fellow, Advance HE (2014 onwards)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship funded by Economic and Social Research Council (2005-2006)

Doctoral Fellowship funded by the ‘International Fellowship Programme’ of the Ford Foundation (2002-2005)