Dr Patricia Canelas

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Patricia Canelas is a Departmental Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Kellogg College. Previously she 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. Patricia is an architect and planner with a PhD in Planning from the Bartlett, UCL, UK, an M.Arch from the University of California, Berkeley, US, a postgraduate degree in Sustainable Urban Development from Universidade Católica and a degree in Architecture from Universidade Lusíada, Portugal. She has worked as an architect and urban planner and continues to work in urban public policy and policy analysis at local and national levels in the UK and Portugal.

Research and teaching

Her research and teaching seek to advance knowledge on the forces that shape the unbalanced power dynamics at play in property development and investment. She does this by looking at the real estate–finance complex (i.e., real estate–finance–state relations). Intellectually, she draws on urban governance, property management and investment, and behavioural theories to develop insights into patterns of development, investment and management, in conjunction with planning practices at the local and national scale. Methodologically, her research combines quantitative and qualitative approaches to best tease out the logics behind real estate development and investment. She has been involved in international research projects in China, the US, Portugal, the Netherlands and the UK.


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Canelas, P. & Raco, M. 2021. The Work that Place Does: The London Landed Estates and a Curatorial Approach to Estate Management. European Urban and Regional Studies.

Canelas, P. & Baptista, I. 2020. Guerrilla Urbanism, Guerrilla Governance: Governing Neighbourhoods in ‘with-COVID’ TimesTown Planning Review.

Ferm, J., Clifford, B., Canelas, P. and Livingstone, N. 2020. Emerging Problematics of Deregulating the Urban: The Case of Permitted Development in England. Urban Studies, 0(00) pp. 1-19.

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.

Canelas, P. 2014. Clusters of ownership in London: Real Estate and Governance. In Cardoso, R. (ed) Taking Planning Forward. London: UCL, pp.30–31.

Policy and Policy Analysis Reports

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 rights. Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

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.