Barbara Lipietz (UCL): Barbara Lipietz is an interdisciplinary planner with a formal background in history and development studies. She is a Lecturer at the Development Planning Unit (UCL) and co-editor of the journal City, which analyses urban trends, culture, theory, policy, and action. She has collaborated with a number of national and international institutions. Her work has involved monitoring and evaluation, policy recommendations, and strategic planning input in the fields of participatory governance and planning, urban poverty, housing policy and slum-upgrading practices. She is particularly interested in how community groups in their diversity can bolster their inputs to long-term and strategic planning.