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Professor Angelique Chettiparamb

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.

Reference: Mukhopadhyay, C., Belingardi, C., Papparaldo, G., Hendawy, M. and Chettiparambil Rajan, A. (2021) Special issue: planning practices and theories from the global south. In: Conversations in Planning Theory and Practice Booklet Projects. Association of European School of Planning - Young Academic Network, Dortmund, Germany, pp. 7-13. ISBN 9789082819175
Reference: Melgaço, L., Rishi, S., Chettiparambil Rajan, A. and Stiftel, B. (2021) International planning education: towards a global shared commons of planning. In: Mukhopadhyay, C., Belingardi, C., Papparaldo, G. and Hendawy, M. (eds.) Special Issue: Planning Practices and Theories from the Global South. AESOP. Association of European School of Planning - Young Academic Network, Dortmund, Germany, pp. 97-105. ISBN 9789082819175
Reference: Chettiparambil Rajan, A. , Chedambath, R. and Peter, B., (2021) Strategic action plans for rental housing for internal migrants in Kochi Municipal Corporation. Report. Henley Business School (In Press)
Reference: Chettiparambil Rajan, A. , (2021) Keeping urban housing permanently affordable: the London Community Land Trust. Other. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (In Press)
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2021) Editorial: academic professional journals and professional practice. Planning Theory. ISSN 1741-3052 (In Press)
Reference: Chettiparambil Rajan, A. (2020) Autopoietic interaction systems: micro-dynamics of participation and its limits. International Planning Studies, 25 (4). pp. 427-440. ISSN 1469-9265 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2020) Editorial: planning theory and the planning discipline. Planning Theory. ISSN 1741-3052 doi:
Reference: Galland, D. and Chettiparambil Rajan, A. (2020) Enhancing quality in planning education across Europe: towards an ethos of sharing and mutual learning in AESOP Quality Recognition. disP - The Planning Review, 56 (4). pp. 140-147. ISSN 2166-8604 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2019) Responding to a complex world: explorations in spatial planning. Planning Theory, 18 (4). pp. 429-447. ISSN 1741-3052 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2018) Meta-operations, autopoiesis and neo-systems thinking: what significance for spatial planners? Planning Theory, 17 (4). pp. 628-643. ISSN 1741-3052 doi:
Reference: Mady, C. and Chettiparamb, A. (2017) Planning in the face of ‘deep divisions’: a view from Beirut, Lebanon. Planning Theory, 16 (3). pp. 296-317. ISSN 1741-3052 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2016) Articulating ‘public interest’ through complexity theory. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34 (7). pp. 1284-1305. ISSN 1472-3425 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2014) Complexity theory and planning: examining 'fractals' for organising policy domains in planning practice. Planning Theory, 13 (1). pp. 5-25. ISSN 1741-3052 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2013) Fractal spatialities. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31 (4). pp. 680-692. ISSN 0263-7758 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. and Thomas, H. (2012) Editorial: tourism and spatial planning. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 4 (3). pp. 215-220. ISSN 1940-7971 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2012) Municipal solid waste. In: Jorgensen, S.E. (ed.) Encyclopedia of environmental management. CRC Press , pp. 2415-2422. ISBN 9781439829271
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. and Kokkranikkal, J. (2012) Responsible tourism and sustainability: the case of Kumarakom in Kerala, India. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 4 (3). pp. 302-326. ISSN 1940-7971 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. , Chakkalakkal, M. and Chedambath, R. (2011) In my backyard: an alternate model of solid waste management. International Planning Studies, 16 (4). pp. 313-331. ISSN 1356-3475 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2011) Interdisciplinarity in teaching: probing urban studies. Journal for Education in the Built Environment, 6 (1). pp. 68-90. ISSN 1747-4205
Reference: Chettiparamb Rajan, A. (2010) Impact of globalization on urban governance in the service sector in Kerala. Vikalpa, 35 (1). pp. 90-93. ISSN 0256-0909
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2009) “Policy build-up” in implementation: the case of school meals provision in Kodungallur, Kerala, India. European Journal of Development Research, 21 (3). pp. 419-434. ISSN 0957-8811 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2008) Dealing with diversity: experiences in the incorporation of prior learning. CEBE Transactions, 5 (1). pp. 43-70. ISSN 1745-0322
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2007) Interdisciplinarity: a literature review. Higher Education Academy. ISBN 9781905788361
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. , (2007) A Desk Review of the India Midday Meals Programme. World Food Programme, Rome.
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. , (2007) Home Grown School Feeding – An analysis of the Midday Meal Programme in Kerala. The New Era of School Feeding. World Food Programme, HGSF/3/ Report School Feeding Unit
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2007) Re-conceptualising public participation in spatial planning: a view through autopoiesis. Planning Theory, 6 (3). pp. 263-281. ISSN 1741-3052 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2007) Steering across scales: applying Strategic-Relational Approach to a study of land mobilisation for road widening in Kochi. Journal of International Development, 19 (3). pp. 413-427. ISSN 1099-1328 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2007) Dealing with complexity: an autopoietic view of the People's Planning Campaign, Kerala. Planning Theory and Practice, 8 (4). pp. 489-508. ISSN 1464-9357 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. , (2006) Pedagogical approaches incorporating prior learning. Report. Higher Education Academy
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2006) Metaphors in complexity theory and planning. Planning Theory, 5 (1). pp. 71-91. ISSN 1741-3052 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2006) Bottom-up planning and the future of planning education in India. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 26 (2). pp. 185-194. ISSN 1552-6577 doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. , (2005) Report on the comparison of pedagogical approaches to urban studies in planning and sociology. Report. Higher Education Academy
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. (2005) Fractal spaces in planning and governance. Town Planning Review, 76 (3). pp. 317-340. ISSN 1478-341X doi:
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. , (2002) Progress after the 74th amendment in Kerala local government institutions. Report. Higher Education Academy
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. , (2002) The Kochi Road Widening Project - A Case Study of Land Mobilisation through Voluntary Action. USAID, New Delhi.
Reference: Chettiparamb, A. , (1993) The habitat study of Kuttanad- the water-logged region of Kerala. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.

Comparative International Planning

The appreciation of issues and approaches to spatial planning in different countries, regions or provinces is an important part of learning and understanding the different contexts in which planning has...

Module code: RE3CIP

Land, Property Rights and Institutions

This module provides an awareness of the land-related wider professional context of real estate and planning interventions using property rights....

Module code: REMP33

Comparative International Planning Studies

The appreciation of issues and approaches to spatial planning in different countries, regions, states or provinces is an important part of learning and understanding the different contexts in which planning...

Module code: REMP19

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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)