Elizabeth Riley

Elizabeth Riley - publications

‘The case for incremental housing’, with P. Wakely, Cities Alliance Policy Research and Working Papers Series, no. 1, June 2011, Cities Alliance, Washington DC

Communities and Communication: Building Urban Partnerships, with P.Wakely, ITDG Publishing, Rugby

‘Favela Bairro and a new generation of housing programmes for the urban poor’, Geoforum, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 521-531, with J. Fiori and R. Ramirez

‘Implementing the Habitat Agenda: In Search of Urban Sustainability, DPU/DFID/UNCHS, with S. Meijer et al, London

‘Physical upgrading and social integration’, with J. Fiori and R. Ramirez, DISP 147, Vol. 4, pp. 48-60

Elizabeth RILEY


The formulation and management of low-income housing and poverty alleviation policies, programmes and projects; inter-sectoral communication and partnership building; service and infrastructure delivery; community-based participatory processes; diversity and equality

Country experience
India, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, UK

English (mother tongue), Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (basic)

Educational and professional qualifications

Certificate Basic Editing, Publishing Training Centre, London (pass with merit)

PhD Planning Studies, Development Planning Unit, University of London

Modular courses: Research Methodology (distinction); Survey Methods (distinction); Qualitative Methods (distinction); Data Description and Analysis (pass), University of North London

MA Area Studies: Latin America, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London

BA Hons Geography (1st class), Portsmouth Polytechnic


Independent researcher and editor. Research work for Dumfries and Galloway Council; Cities Alliance; University of Westminster; Greengage Consulting. Copy-editing of books and journals on microfinance, water, sanitation, conflict, disaster management, energy policy and NGO accountability for Practical Action Publishing, Earthscan and Oxford University Press.

Lecturer in social policy and Director of MSc in International Housing Studies, Development Planning Unit, University College London. Lecturer, designing and teaching MSc modules on Social Policy and Theory, Housing Policy and Theory, and The Practice of Housing Projects and Programmes. Supervisor of PhD theses and MSc dissertations. Management of research teams and authorship of final products for ‘Building Urban Partnerships: Communities and Communication in Nairobi, Colombo and Rio de Janeiro’, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Research Fellow, DPU. Fieldwork, data analysis and authorship of final reports for ‘Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Upgrading through Favela Bairro in Rio de Janeiro’, funded by the UK Department for International Development; and for ‘Community Learning, Information and Communication in India’, 1998-99, funded by the UK Department for International Development.

Research Assistant, Mega-Cities Project, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Research for, compilation of and management of database of innovative urban development initiatives.

Research Assistant, Mega-Cities Project, Mexico City. Research for, compilation of and management of database of innovative urban development initiatives.

Project assistant ANADEGES, Mexico City - rural development NGO.

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Designing and submitting research proposals, winning contracts, managing projects, undertaking fieldwork, data analysis and production of outputs of projects, including:

Elizabeth RILEY

Elizabeth Riley, a geographer and social development specialist, is now an independent researcher and editor. From 1998 to 2003 she was a member of the academic staff of the DPU initially as a Research Fellow, Lecturer and ultimately Director of the MSc programme in International Housing Studies.

Elizabeth Riley

Elizabeth Riley

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