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Chris Yap

PhD Student

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Research Subject and Interests

  • Urban governance
  • Urban agriculture
  • Participatory video
  • Urban development planning

My project title is ‘Urban agriculture and the Right to the City’. Using a combination of participatory and qualitative methods, my research explores explore the political and spatial significance of urban community gardens, focusing on how citizens produce, manage, and experience urban space, access land, and transform urban food systems.

My research takes place in Seville, Spain, where urban community gardens reflect both city-wide economic-political trends and the micro-politics of the users of the spaces. This research explores in particular the potentials of urban gardens as disruptive spaces within cities; places for autogestion and for transformation.

This action research project uses a combination of participatory video-making and other participatory methods, along with qualitative interviews, and (auto)ethnography.

Supervisory Team:

Prof Michel Pimbert (Director of Studies)
Dr Colin Anderson
Prof Caren Levy (UCL)


Christopher is a researcher and participatory video maker specialising in urban governance and urban development planning. He previously worked as a Research Officer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London (UCL), and as a Research Assistant in Sustainable Development at the London International Development Centre. In these roles Christopher conducted research on topics including urban environmental justice, water poverty, land rights, and post-2015 development, as well as evaluation of international urban programmes. Christopher has conducted action research projects in London, UK, Lima, Peru and Mek’ele, Ethiopia.

Christopher has also contributed to research and policy papers for the United Nations Office of the High Commission of Human Rights on communal and collective forms of land tenure globally, and the International Institute for Environment and Development, on community mapping in slum settlements in sub-Saharan Africa.

Christopher has also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the MSc Urban Development Planning programme at the Development Planning Unit, UCL. He graduated with distinction in MSc Development Administration and Planning from UCL in 2012, and holds a BA Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from King’s College London.


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