Twitter suggestions for planning students

Some students here at UCL / Bartlett asked if I could suggest some people they might follow on Twitter.  So I started putting some suggestions together.  More welcome. (Note that it is divided into groups.)

This is a collective project.  If you can add to it, email or add suggestions as comments at the end. (So far, thanks to Jim, Peter Matthews, Laura Vaughan, Alister Scott, …)

New list of tweeting “urbanists”: …

 And Elena Besussi here (@ecudielle) has compiled a Twitter List to which you can subscribe – designed for students of planning

Thinkers, theorists, researchers

@rkeil Prof Roger Keil, York University, Toronto

@IJURResearch  good journal articles

@StuartWilksHeeg UK politics / “Democratic Audit”

@PayneSarah land and property market scholar in Sheffield

@andywightman Scottish legal geographer, common land campaigner

@stuhodkinson Stuart Hodkinson, housing scholar, geographer, Leeds

@AnnaMinton author of Ground Control

@Yasminah_b   Yasminah Beebeejaun, UCL, participation research

@urbaneprofessor Peter Matthews, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

@bartlettplanner Yvonne Rydin, sustainability+property+planning UCL

@cdoyle34 Carey Doyle in Belfast

@AdamDavidMorton Political Economy, important blogs on Piketty, Gramsci, Polanyi


UK planning, cities, housing

@communitiesUK  DCLG   (Ministry of planning for England)

@kateTCPA  Kate Henderson, Town and Country Planning Association

@jonestheplanner  occasional blog, superb critiques of places as built, Britain

@owenhatherley similar; trenchant; Marxist author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Blair period) and A New Kind of Bleak (coalition period)

@insidehousing Weekly housing professionals’ magazine

@TheBizofCities Greg Clark, consultant neo-liberal economist

@J_J_Carpenter Planning Magazine (links to £ mostly, though)

@regenerationUK Regen+Renewal Magazine  (links to £ mostly, though)

@GLAIntelligence  City Hall statistics and research

@LSE_SERC – London School of Economics spatial economics research centre – from Jim

@jules_birch – commentator on housing, excellent

@janicemorphet – very active and authoritative on UK governance, planning and relation with EU

@bcualisterscott – Alister Scott, Planning, Birmingham City Uni

@LGAcomms – Local Government Association (represents local authorities in UK)

@4socialhousing – SHOUT campaign for social housing

@AndrewLainton – good blogger on UK planning


EU and European affairs

@MatinaStevis of the Wall St Journal (EU/EURO/Crisis)

@JoeWSJ @wsjemre @aylushka_a (Turkey)

@NickMalkoutzis (of the English-language paper Ekatherimini) Greece

@YannisVaroufakis (economist) Greece

@SocialEurope Social Europe Journal


UK and London, related activism

@DaveHill The Guardian’s London blogger; often links to other London blogs and lists

@London_Forum  Peter Eversden for amenity group networks, legal and policy updates

@Ben_FoL  Ben Harrison, Future of London – inactive

@HomesForLondon a Shelter campaign


@SianBerry Transport/green

@greenLondonAMs Assembly members – quiet

@greenJennyJones Assembly member – active

@tom_chance researcher for the above – quiet

@CityHallLabour City Hall Labour – quiet

@nickygavron Labour Leader, London Assembly – active

@KoosCouvee journalist urban / London

@changita Andrea Gibbons Right to the City, Dr Pop

@AntoniaLayard  law and  env’t rights

@mirabarhillel property and planning correspondent of the London Evening Standard, but also Palestine, cute cats


Think Tanks, Foundations etc

@Classthinktank  UK leftish / union-supported

@JRFUK UK’s most substantial progressive foundation

@guerrillapolicy Guerrilla Policy thinktank

@theneweconomics  (nef )”Think-and-do” Tank on UK economy

@nefSocialPolicy nef Social Policy


Progressive organisations, movements, writers etc

@OccupiedTimes London, newspaper of #occupy


@PennyRed  Laurie Penny journalist, blogger

@paulmasonnews Paul Mason, journalist, author of Why it’s all breaking out everywhere

@falseecon Radical economics campaign

@AnnePettifor of Prime Economics, progressive Keynesian economist


UCL and Bartlett (see also morphet, beebejaun, rydin above)

@UCLurbanlab  urban events etc

@michaellondonsf Michael Edwards

@urban_formation Laura Vaughan, configuration, suburbs

@ecudielle Elena Besussi

@UCL_BartlettLib UCL Bartlett library


Author: Ed


8 thoughts on “Twitter suggestions for planning students”

  1. A few suggestions:
    @BBCMarkEaston – BBC home affairs editor
    @LSE_SERC – London School of Economics spatial economics research centre
    @jules_birch – Excellent commentator on housing
    @MarketUrbanism – Pithy free-market urbanism from the US


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