Professor Angelique Chettiparambil Rajan

Professor of Urban Planning and Governance

Professor Angelique Chettiparambil Rajan

Professor Angelique Chettiparambil Rajan

Real Estate & Planning
HBS 124, Whiteknights Campus
+44 (0) 118 378 4258



Angelique is Managing Editor of Planning Theory, a top ranking journal within the planning discipline. 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. Angelique is interested in planning theory, especially in the use of Complexity theory. She has worked with the concept of ‘fractals’ to explain planning outcomes viz-a-viz the design and configuration of governance arrangements across scales. She has also engaged with the theory of ‘autopoiesis’ to understand how institutional factors impact on planning practices. Angelique has researched a wide range of issues including solid waste management, land management tools and techniques, school meals, local health provisions, multi-level governance, bottom-up planning practices, education and responsible tourism practices. Besides numerous internal University funding, her research has been funded by the World Food Programme, Ford Foundation, USAID and the Higher Education Academy of UK.

Angelique has given keynote addresses at the Heads of Schools meeting of the Association of European Schools of Planning, the 50th anniversary celebrations of NMBU, Norway, the Utopia Baerum seminar at the Hennie Onstad Kunsenter, Norway and at the Annual Colloquium of the Networks of Development Researchers in Wales. Geographically her research has focused on India and the UK. Through PhD research guidance and Post-Doc mentoring she has also engaged with particular planning issues and practices in Sri Lanka (ethnic conflict), Lebanon (solid waste, local markets) and Ghana (bottom-up planning, land value capture in customary land holdings). She has participated in consultations workshops coordinated by ESRC and AHRC in India and is a member of the ESRC peer-review panel. She is a regular reviewer of applications to the Newton Fund administered by the British Council and of research applications of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Angelique welcomes contacts from potential PhD students and Post-doc applicants interested in any of the subject areas above, particularly from the global South.

Angelique is elected as the Secretary General of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) for 2019-2022. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is one of the UK panellists for the AESOP’s Quality Recognition programmes in Planning Education across Europe and is a reviewer for various national teaching awards of HEA and the FLAIR CPD programme of the University. Angelique served as the Director of Studies for the Department of Real Estate and Planning.

Angelique Chettiparamb started her career as a practising architect in India, where she developed and led her own firm, whilst also teaching at higher education institutions such as the Cochin University. Later, she led the Centre for Urban Studies at the Kerala Institute of Local Administration for close to 5 years. In this capacity, she worked closely with Local Self-Government Institutions throughout the state and also the State Town Planning Department. After her PhD from Cardiff University, Angelique 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, a Senior Lecturer in 2011 and Associate Professor in 2013.


  • 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.


Planning Theory, Complexity Theory, Fractals, Autopoiesis, Urban Local Governance; Scale; Bottom-up planning, Solid Waste management, Land management tools and techniques, Migration.

Selected Research Grants

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.

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.

Land mobilization for Road widening, Kochi, Kerala, India,Financial Institutions Reforms and Expansion - Debt (FIRE - D) Programme of USAID 2002

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: Designing value capture tools in the context of informal urban development and land scarcity in Accra, Ghana. First supervisor. Fourth year.

Rita Nasr: Research title: The role of middle level institutional frameworks in developing recycling practices, Lebanon. Current State: First supervisor. First 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.


View a full list of Dr Angelique Chettiparam's Publications

Key Publications

Chettiparamb,A (forthcoming, 2018) Responding to a Complex World: Explorations in Spatial Planning. Planning Theory. [In Press].

Chettiparamb,A (2018) Meta-operations, autopoiesis and neo-systems thinking: what significance for spatial planners? Planning Theory, 17(4). 628-643.

Chettiparamb,A (2018), Planning Theory, 17(1), 3-7.

Mady,C and Chettiparamb,A (2017) Planning in the face of deep divisions: A view from Beirut, Lebanon. Planning Theory, 16(3), 296-317.

Chettiparamb,A (2017) Editorial, Planning Theory, 16(1), 3-5.

Chettiparamb,A (2016) Articulating public interest through complexity theory, Environment and Planning C. 34(7), 1284-1305.

Chettiparamb,A (2016) Editorial, Planning Theory, 15(1), 3-5.

Chettiparamb,A. (2014) Complexity Theory and Planning: Examining 'fractals' for organising policy domains in planning practice. Planning Theory, 13(1) 5-25.

Chettiparamb,A. (2013) ‘Fractal Spatialities’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 31(4), 680-692.

Chettiparamb,A (2013) ‘Municipal Solid Waste Management’ Encyclopaedia of Environmental management, Volume 6: Managing Human and Social Systems. CRC Press (2nd edition, forthcoming).