Dr Patricia Canelas

Profile details


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. Previous to her academic roles, Patricia worked as an architect and urban planner and continues to work in urban policy and policy 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 Development 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 forces that shape property markets and urban planning. She does this by looking at the real estate–finance complex (i.e., real estate–finance–state relations). Intellectually, she is interested in the political economy of the built environment, more specifically on the institutions behind property development and investment.

Current and further research involves interrogating:

  • State-market dynamics in urban development and investment
  • Land value creation and capture
  • The planning and governance of land-use change
  • Patterns of land ownership and their impact on property markets, people and places

Methodologically, her research combines quantitative and qualitative approaches to best tease out the logics behind the nexus of the planning-property market. She has been involved in international research projects in China, US, Portugal, Netherlands, Denmark, and the UK. She is currently involved in two international research projects. One on the financialisation of housing, and the second on public-private partnerships for affordable housing.


Urban governance, property-markets, land value creation and capture, place-making, London Estates, public-private partnerships, office-to-residential conversions


Journal Articles, Books and Book Chapters

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

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 rights. Ministry 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