Staff Profiles

Professor Georgia Watson


Professor in Urban Design, Associate Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design; Director of OISD: UDG Research Group,

School of the Built Environment

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Gerogia Watson

Phone number: +44 (0)1865 48 3438


Location: Abercrombie 2.03

Georgia is Professor in Urban Design and Associate Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design. Her professional expertise lies in the area of urban morphology; urban regeneration; local community involvement including different age groups; the improvement of local urban areas; place-identity; retrofitting cities for sustainability; urban growth management; and healthy cities. She has extensive experience in conducting, managing and successfully completing research and consultancy projects. She is experienced in developing qualitative, quantitative and enquiry by design research methods and has handled large data sets. She is also experienced in gaming, simulation and negotiation techniques.  She was a Principal Investigator of Retrofit 2050 (EPSRC); Principal Co-Investogator of Compact City and Social Sustainability project ( Marie Curie Framework 7 ); and Evaluation of Poundbury (Duchy of Cornwall). 

Georgia is presently involved in several national & international research projects which range from issues of local and regional identity; delivering sustainable and healthy cities; the regeneration of run down housing estates; urban growth management; and the issues of healthy cities. She has published articles in UK and international journals and has contributed to and co-edited several book publications. She is also a member of a number of journal editorial boards; Regional Co-ordinator of the Academy of Urbanism and Chair of the Urban Design Book Awards scheme.