Francesca leads on Executive Training at Space Syntax, helping city leaders and urban masterplanners to understand how cities operate as ‘systems of systems’. Francesca also contributes to Space Syntax projects through her analysis of emergent economic growth in cities, economic complexity and the spatial underpinnings of agglomeration economies.
Alongside her role as an Associate, Francesca is a practising academic. Having taught planning and architecture students for the last five years at The Bartlett, University College London, she is now a Lecturer on Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford (Department for Continuing Education).
Francesca developed an interest in the influence of architecture and the built environment in cities when working as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where she led international reviews on local policy implementation and governance from 2005-2015. Before that she evaluated European Commission-funded urban and regional policies based in Brussels from 2001-5, after working on regeneration and housing initiatives for Reading Borough Council (1997-2001).
Francesca has published articles in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy and European Planning Studies amongst other journals. She undertook the Bartlett Masters in Space Syntax from 2012-14 and went on to undertake her PhD in UCL’s Space Syntax Lab, supervised by Dr Sam Griffiths and Prof Laura Vaughan.
2016 Member of the Editorial Board for the Local Economy Journal
2017-22 The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London
2017-22 The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
2012-2019 London School of Economics.
2017 Honorary Research Fellow, The Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, The Bartlett, University College London
2022 PhD in Architecture, The Bartlett, University College London
2014 MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies (with Distinction), The Bartlett, University College London
1996 MA in The Body and its Representation (with Distinction), University of Reading
1994 BSc Anthropology (First Class Hons), University College London.