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.) 2012, revised up to 2018.

This is a collective project.  If you can add to it, email or add suggestions as comments at the end.

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

@LorettaCLees London’s leading gentrification scholar; teaches in Leicester

@rkeil Roger Keil, York University, Toronto

@IJURResearch  good journal articles

@StuartWilksHeeg UK politics / “Democratic Audit”

@andywightman Scottish legal geographer, common land campaigner

@stuhodkinson Stuart Hodkinson, housing scholar, geographer, Leeds

@AnnaMinton author of Ground Control, Big Capital

@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

@MazzucatoM Mariana Mazzucato, director of @IIPP_UCL Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose


UK planning, cities, housing

@communitiesUK  DHCLG   (Ministry of planning for England)

@TheTCPA 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, has problems with spelling

@RichardBlyth7 head of policy and research at RTPI

@PayneSarah land and property market scholar in Sheffield

@FieldsDesiree Californian geographer of property markets, working in Sheffield

@thomasforth independent-minded econ analyst/blogger Leeds/Manchester

 Housing and land expert at NEF

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

@DiEM_25 Democracy in Europe Movement


UK and London, related activism

@JustSpace7 London’s network of community/activist groups

@LondonTenants London Tenants Federation

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

@HomesForLondon a Shelter campaign


@SianBerry Transport/green

@greenLondonAMs Assembly members – quiet

@greenJennyJones former green Assembly member – now house of Lords


@CityHallLabour City Hall Labour – quiet

@nickygavron Labour planning Leader, London Assembly – active

@KoosCouvee journalist urban / London

@changita Andrea Gibbons Right to the City, Dr Pop

@AntoniaLayard  law and  env’t rights

@mirabarhillel former 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

@CLESthinkdo think/do tank on local economic development, based in Manchester


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, rydin above)

@UCLurbanlab  urban events etc

@michaellondonsf Michael Edwards

@urban_formation Laura Vaughan, configuration, suburbs, maps

@ecudielle Elena Besussi

@UCL_BartlettLib UCL Bartlett library

@john_tomaney  Urban and regional economies, planning

@pablo_sendra  Urban design & community power

@Penny_Dropping Joe Penny, financialisation and housing

@Yasminah_b   Yasminah Beebeejaun, UCL, participation research

Author: Editors


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


  2. The above are followed by the Adaptable Suburbs project. The following, additionally by me:



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