Dr Deepak Gopinath

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  • Qualifications:BArch MPlan PhD MRTPI SFHEA
  • Position:Associate Director - Planning and Sustainable Change
  • Department:School of Architecture and Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 83125
  • Email:Deepak.Gopinath@uwe.ac.uk
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About me


Research Interests: A social scientist with core expertise in 'Critical Urban Transitions'. 

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). Project webpage: https://ccc-catapult.org

Previous research projects:

VIP-CLEAR (2020-22): Voices in a Pandemic: Children's Lockdown Experiences Applied to Recovery. Funded by AHRC (Co-I). Project webpage:http://www.voicesinapandemic.org/

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 of Peer Review College - Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Member of Editorial Board - International Journal of Social Research Methodology

Member of Editorial Board - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society

External Examiner for PhD thesis - Newcastle University (2)

Chartered Member, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)


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. 

Area of expertise

KEY THEMATIC AREAS within 'critical urban transitions'

(1) Unequal cities – To develop an in-depth insight of lives of disadvantaged families and/or individuals relocating/adapting to new spaces/lifestyles in cities, drawing on arts-based and participatory methods (Gopinath 2014; Gopinath and Nair 2014; Gopinath and Nair 2015a)

(2) Youth-led Master planning - To develop innovative practices for future visioning of cities that will facilitate young people's agency (Gopinath 2021)

(3) Migration and wellbeing - To capture ontological framing(s) of migrants at critical transitions in their journey and to explore how their wellbeing is shaped by an interplay of their own vertical/oblique values and the societal norms at work in the place of arrival (Gopinath and Nair 2015b; Gopinath 2015)

(4) Urban governance and communication of risk - To examine how the legitimacy of knowledge claims in a post-truth world sits within a policy making structure (Gopinath 2012; 2015; 2016)


If you are interested in a topic that overlaps with one/more of the thematic areas, do feel free to get in touch. These might be useful resources: (1) What is a PhD?; (2) Reasons to study a research degree


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