Dr Deepak Gopinath

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  • Qualifications:BArch MPlan PhD MRTPI FRGS AFHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Geography
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 83125
  • Email:Deepak.Gopinath@uwe.ac.uk
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About me


Research Interests: A social scientist with expertise in how knowledge on risk and resilience is co-produced and communicated within spaces of participation.  

Current research projects

CCC-CATAPULT(2020-23): Challenging the Climate Crisis: Children's Agency to TAckle Policy Underpinned by Learning for Transformation (Co-I). Funded by JPI Climate Joint Transnational Call on "Enabling Societal Transformation in the Face of Climate Change" (SOLSTICE). More details at: http://www.jpi-climate.eu/news-events/news/10901491/Seven-projects-funded-by-SOLSTICE-Call

VIP-CLEAR (2020-22): Voices in a Pandemic: Children's Lockdown Experiences Applied to Recovery. Funded by AHRC (Co-I)

Previous research projects:

2018-20: Decision-support framework for resilient critical infrastructure (CI) against extreme weather events (EWE) and climate change. British Council. Team: Dr Anil Kashyap (PI), Prof. Lindsey McEwen (CI), Nick Smith (CI), Dr Deepak Gopinath (CI).

2014-15. The City as a thinking machine: the city in evolution. Funder: Carnegie Trust. Dr Lorens Holm (PI), Dr Deepak Gopinath (CI), Matthew Jarron (CI). Project webpage: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/geddesinstitute/projects/citythink/  

2011-12. The possibility of local communities shaping an understanding of poverty? Experiences from the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission for improving the lives of urban poor in India. Funded by British Academy Small Research Grant. Dr Deepak Gopinath (PI); Prof. Murali Nair (CI). Project webpage: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/geddesinstitute/projects/keralastudy/  

Indicators of esteem:

Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Social Research Methodology

Peer reviewer for grant applications funded by the ESRC, UKIERI

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

Reviewer for book proposal for Earthscan, Sage, Routledge.

External Examiner for PhD thesis, Newcastle University (2)

Fellow, Royal Geographical Society

Chartered Member, Royal Town Planning Institute

Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy


Teaching interests: Capacity building for practitioners; reflective learning; constructivist learning spaces and school outreach projects.

A Chartered Town Planner with a background in Architecture and research strengths in Human Geography and Planning, I bring wide ranging experience, knowledge and expertise in managing change and growth in towns and cities. 

Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Urban Planning, and BA (Hons) Geography and Planning programmes. 

Area of expertise


Visualising and designing 'big picture' conceptual frameworks in a variety of arenas e.g. typology of destitution (Gopinath 2014), pathways of mobility for international students (Gopinath 2015), learning environments for secondary school students (through outreach projects, e.g. Project VISTA, Youth Camp etc.).

Designed a framework for designing youth master plans (Gopinath 2020) – this paper presents an innovative framework for designing child-friendly cities in a CLE space (constructivist learning environment). 

D-SPACE model (Gopinath and Nair 2015) – Designed a toolkit along with Prof. Murali Nair (University of Southern California), for embedding resilience within a local setting that was co-produced with poor communities. 


Gopinath, D., Smith, N., Sheppard, A., Haslam, O. & Robbins, J. (2020). Project VISTA, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Project VISTA 2040 sought to explore what children think and feel about the future of their cities in a society increasingly dependent on technology and at risk of climate breakdown. 

Muir, F., McKnight, S. & Gopinath, D. (2017) Better places better health project. University of Dundee and Dundee City Council. 'Teams consisting of between six to eight S2 pupils from secondary schools in Dundee participated in a 'live' project with Town Planning and Medical students and investigating how do we attract and include everyone to experience the aspects of the city that are emerging, and consider a holistic approach to environmental health and wellbeing?

Robertson, D. & Gopinath, D. (2015) Minecraft on the Waterfront project. University of Dundee, UK. This project brought together 10 primary schools in Dundee to test their ideas for the future of Dundee's waterfront using Minecraft. 

Gopinath, D., Ewen, P., Sim, L. (2015) Youth Camp project. University of Dundee, UK. This project brought together 8 secondary school teams across the TAYPLAN area – High School of Dundee won the competition. The Youth Camp project was also showcased at the 2016 Venice Biennale as well as the BBC Make it Digital Event in Dundee.


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