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Professor Monica Degen
College Creative Industries Lead / Professor (Education)

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Membership and affiliation

  • Organizer of “Urban Salon”, a London based seminar group analysing international urbanism, in collaboration with Prof. Robinson (OU); Prof. Lees (Kings), Prof. Gandy (UCL).
  • Editorial Advisory Board Journal of Urban Culture
  • Visiting Professor, Barcelona University, Spain
  • Visiting Professor, Gothenburg University, Sweden

Media interests

  • Dr Degen’s research on the organisation of sensory and temporal experiences has shaped strategies for the spatial design, curatorial practices and activity plans of the New Museum of London, the Cologne City Museum and London’s Charterhouse Museum. In 2018, the Department of the Built Environment at the City of London Corporation used her research in their public realm redesign which subsequently improved the livelihoods of 10% of Greater London’s working population. In 2020, Dr Degen’s research supported Barcelona’s council plans to redesign Las Ramblas boulevard which is visited by approximately 1,000,000 people every year. Both the City of London and Barcelona’s planning departments have benefitted from being able to monitor the importance that experiences play in shaping the quality of life in cities, and have incorporated these insights into their planning policies.

  • Through collaborative research processes with practitioners, curators, architects and other participants Dr Degen supports impact which stems directly from involvement in the research process and learning together, such as learning new research methods, building capacity and developing new insights.

  • 2018 interview on Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4 on Sensory Landscapes.

  • 2016 interview on BBC Women’s Hour, BBC Radio 4 on Streetsexworkers everyday life experiences

  • 2012 interview on the privatisation of public space for the TV programme “Grandes Historias” Hispan TV.