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Enora Robin

Doctoral Candidate

Email: enora.robin.15@ucl.ac.uk

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Doctoral project:       The politics of urban expertise: experts, devices and the 

                                     production of space in London and Cape Town

Enora is a PhD candidate in Urban Policy and Planning at UCL STEaPP. Her work focuses on the politics of urban expertise at various scales of policy making and across the global South and North. In particular, she is interested in the political, social and material underpinnings of urban expertise formation. Her research draws on science and technology studies and critical urban geography to investigate the following (interrelated) areas:

  • Data, temporality and equity in the 24-hour city;

  • Global urban science and the future of cities, in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the New Urban Agenda and SDG11;

  • Real estate led urban redevelopment and the translation of financial calculative logics into urban decision-making processes;

  • The mechanics of community expertise and the transformative potential of alternative modes of urban knowledge production;

  • Integrated and trans-disciplinary approaches to understanding urban riskscapes.


Enora’s research builds on various methodologies, ranging from social network analysis, ethnographic observations, and film-making, and it seeks to engage with various disciplines and practices. She has worked as part of multi-disciplinary teams in the UK, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, on projects funded by UK Research Councils, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the MacArthur Foundation, UN-Habitat and the Wellcome Trust. She has published several peer reviewed papers, news articles and policy reports, and presented her work at international conferences.

Prior to joining STEaPP, Enora was one of the co-founders of Art Night, from 2014 to 2016. Art Night is London’s only free all-night contemporary arts festival transforming the city for one night every year, presenting acclaimed international art in unusual locations across the British Capital. She was the editor of Art Night: Expanding the City’s Boundaries, a collection of essays from leading curators, urbanists, writers, art historians and sociologists reflecting on the meaning of the festival and its role in a city like London. It critically explores the potential of contemporary arts for reshaping and reassessing our urban environments. She also worked as a researcher at LSE Cities and the RAND Corporation.

Enora holds an Msc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.