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Deepak Gopinath

Deepak Gopinath

Deepak Gopinath


G36, Ground Floor

School of the Environment

Tower Building

University of Dundee

Perth Road, Dundee


United Kingdom

Phone: +44(0)1382 385048

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I graduated with a degree in architecture and have since then been pursuing a career in town planning initially in practice and later in academia. Following my postgraduate studies in urban planning, my early career in planning started in development planning at the Delhi Development Authority, where I was involved in the preparation of Master Plan of Delhi 2001-21. I later joined the School of Planning and Architecture at New Delhi as Research Associate in the Department of Urban Planning where I was involved in both teaching and research. After which, I was offered a full tuition fee scholarship (through the Overseas Research Scholarship award as well as the University of Sheffield Fee Bursary) to carry out my doctoral studies at Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield. My career in academia re-commenced with my joining the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Dundee firstly as a Teaching Fellow in 2008 and later as Lecturer in 2009.


Research interest

I am interested in conceptualising actual/perceived ability(ies) and barriers faced by individuals/groups, to be socially/spatially mobile to pursue some pre-defined notion of wellbeing. Particularly in the context of planning our cities and regions, this would mean exploring how excluded groups might engage with the spatio-temporal dimensions of resilience to make themselves ‘less vulnerable’. I develop an understanding of why some resources (including material resources such as income and assets, and non-material resources such as health and education) are valued more than others for individuals/communities to be resilient, and how is one setting out to achieve this? And, to what extent can such an analysis offer opportunities (or not) for spatial and social mobility of individuals/communities? Within this body of work, I am focussed on poor and disadvantaged communities. In addition, I am also interested: (1) in engaging with Hodson and Marvin’s notion of ‘urban ecological security’ as a conceptual framework for linking urban growth management strategies and climate change; (2) in the mobility of students and academic staff within the context of a globalisation of higher education and how/whether cities are prepared to take on /maintain roles as ‘centres of teaching and research excellence’.


Esteem indicators

  • Peer reviewer for grant applications funded by the ESRC, UKIERI

  • Peer reviewer for journals including Urban Studies, Planning Practice and Research, Habitat International, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

  • Reviewer for book proposal, Earthscan, Sage, Routledge.

  • External Examiner for PhD thesis, Newcastle University (2)

  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society

  • Associate Member, Royal Town Planning Institute

  • Committee Member, International Committee, Royal Town Planning Institute 2014



Teaching interest

I am interested in teaching skills for professional practice which would assist in effective engagement with wide range of stakeholders particularly: (1) through the co-production of knowledge using tools that non-experts can grapple with, and to mitigate conflicting demands on use of city spaces (e.g. use of visual communication tools such as Sketchup Pro and Citycad in the undergraduate module, TP31002 Planning Law and Practice); (2) by carrying out multi-scalar, spatial analysis of our cities and regions (e.g. use of participatory mapping, analysis of census data, GIS mapping in the postgraduate module, TP52015 Sustainability in Contemporary Cities)

Some examples of what students have produced in the modules that I coordinate can be seen in the link below:


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