Professor Nick Gallent is Professor of Housing and Planning at University College London (UCL), where he has worked since 1999. He held previous posts at the University of Manchester and Cardiff University. His research is mainly focused on housing and the planning system, but often links across to community engagement with planning, and regularly looks at rural communities and places. He has published a number of books on these topics, the most recent being the Routledge Companion to Rural Planning, edited with Mark Scott and Menelaos Gkartzios in 2019, and Whose Housing Crisis, published by Policy Press in 2019.
Professor Gallent was head of the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL between 2011 and 2019. He was previously chair of the RTPI’s Partnership and Accreditation Panel (2016-2018), Editor of Progress in Planning (2014-2019) and a member of the UK Labour Party’s Planning Commission (2018-2020). He is currently a member of Sub-panel 13 (Architecture and Built Environment) for the REF2021 – the national assessment of research excellence for UK universities.