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Dr Francesca Froy

Fellow, Ordinary Fellow

Departmental Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development

Department for Continuing Education

PhD, MSc, BSc (UCL), MA (Reading)

Francesca Froy is a Departmental Lecturer for the Master’s in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford. She has previously taught and lectured at The Bartlett, University College London and at the London School of Economics. Prior to her academic roles she worked for over twenty years in policy analysis and delivery, and until 2015 was a senior policy analyst at the OECD, where she led international reviews on local policy implementation, employment and skills strategies and local governance for the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. She has also researched and evaluated European policies, based at the Brussels office of the consultancy ECORYS. Francesca holds a PhD in Architecture from the Bartlett, UCL (2021), an MSC in Advanced Architectural Studies from UCL (2014), an MA in The Body and its Representation from the University of Reading (1996) and a BSc in Anthropology from UCL (1994).

Francesca’s research and teaching focuses on the systemic and network properties of cities. She is very interested in urban morphology, and the spatial configuration of urban street networks, and how this shapes movement, interaction and urban sustainability. She is currently putting these theories into practice as an Associate at the planning and architecture consultancy, Space Syntax. She also researches and writes in the field of evolutionary economic geography, where she explores the factors influencing economic diversification and economic complexity in cities. Within this field she has become increasingly focused on green industrial transitions.