Dr Patricia Canelas

Profile details


Patricia Canelas is Course co-Director and a Lecturer for the Master's in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Kellogg College. Previously Patricia has held academic positions at the University College London and University of Reading in the UK, and at Escola Superior de Actividades Imobiliárias and Universidade Católica in Portugal. Prior to her academic roles, Patricia worked as an architect and urban planner and continues to work in policy making and analysis at local and national levels in Portugal and the UK.

She holds a PhD in Planning from the Bartlett, UCL, UK (2017) a Master’s in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley, US (2008), a postgraduate degree in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design from Universidade Católica (2006) and a 5-year degree in Architecture from Universidade Lusíada, Portugal (2001).

Research and teaching

Her research and teaching seek to advance knowledge on the dynamic relationship between the public, private and civic sectors involved in the governance of value creation (or destruction) and capture through the built environment. This includes exploring how the different sectors share responsibilities, how and why roles and responsibilities shift, the fundamental values of each sector, their knowledge sources, and the relative power of each side.

Intellectually, Patricia is interested in speaking across the disciplines of urban planning, urban design, and real estate, to discuss the fundamental values of the public, private and civic sectors, and how the different sectors conceptualise and engage with sustainable urban development. She has been involved in international research projects in China, US, Portugal, Netherlands, Denmark, Scotland and England.


Urban governance, real estate, land value creation and capture, place-making, land-use change, London Landed Estates, public-private partnerships

DPhil Supervision

Patricia welcomes prospective doctoral students whose research interests match hers. She is keen to supervise students who may be interested in any of the research lines outlined below:

  • Planning and market mechanisms for value creation and capture through the built environment
  • Patterns of land ownership and their impact on property markets, people and places
  • Urban governance, the fundamental roles and values of the private and the public sector actors involved in urban projects, and the nature of their relationships.


Journal Articles, Books and Book Chapters

Canelas, P., and Alves, S. (2024) The governance of affordable housing through public-private partnerships: Critical entanglementsLand Use Policy, 143: 107193

Canelas, P. & Noring, L. (2022) Governmentalities of land value capture in urban redevelopmentLand Use Policy, 122, 106396.

Canelas, P., Clifford, B., Ferm, J., Livingston, N. 2022 Hard, soft and thin governance spaces in land use change: Comparing office-to-residential conversions in England, Scotland and the Netherlands. European Planning Studies, 30 (4): 725–743.

Canelas, P. & Raco, M. 2021. The Work that Place Does: The London Landed Estates and a Curatorial Approach to Estate ManagementEuropean Urban and Regional Studies, 28 (3): 263–281.

Canelas, P. & Baptista, I. 2021. Guerrilla Urbanism, Guerrilla Governance: Governing Neighbourhoods in ‘with-COVID’ TimesTown Planning Review, 92 (3): 279–284. 

Ferm, J., Clifford, B., Canelas, P. and Livingstone, N. 2021. Emerging Problematics of Deregulating the Urban: The Case of Permitted Development in England. Urban Studies, 58 (10): 2040–2058.

Clifford, B., Ferm, J., Livingstone, N., and Canelas, P. 2019. Understanding the Impacts of Deregulation in Planning. Turning Offices into Homes? London: Palgrave, Macmillian.

Canelas, P. 2019. Place-making and the London Estates: Land Ownership and the Built EnvironmentJournal of Urban Design, 24(2), pp. 232–248.

Canelas, P. 2018. Challenges and Emerging Practices in Development Value Capture. In Ferm, J. and Tomaney, J. (eds). Planning Practice: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge, pp. 70–84.

Reports, Policy and Policy Analysis

2023 ‘Lisbon’, In Whitehead, C., et al. Financialization in 13 cities - an international comparative report, pp. 128-131. Realdania and London School of Economy.

Canelas, P. 2022. A governança da habitação acessível em parceria com o setor privado. (The governance of affordable housing in partnership with the private sector). Confidencial Imobiliário, Janeiro, Research, Habitação, pp. 26-27.

Clifford, B., Canelas, P., Ferm, J., Livingstone, N., Lord, A. and Dunning, R. 2020. Research into the quality standard of homes delivered through change of use permitted development rightsMinistry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

Canelas, P. and Baptista, I. 2020. COVID-19 and the ‘old-fashioned’ idea of neighbourhoods.

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Oxford COVID-19 Evidence.

Silva Pinto, F. & Canelas, P. 2020 Estratégia Local de Habitação do Município de Setúbal 2020-2030 (Housing Strategy for a Municipality in Metropolitan Lisbon).

Clifford, B., Ferm, J., Livingstone, N., and Canelas, P. 2018. Assessing the impacts of extending Permitted Development Rights to office-to-residential change of use in England. London: RICS Research Trust.