Imogen Bullen-Smith


Imogen joined Social Life in January 2019 as an intern and currently assists the research team. Prior to joining Social Life Imogen completed her undergraduate degree in Urban Planning & Design at the University of Auckland in New Zealand choosing to channel her research focus into examining the links between neoliberalism, urban planning and urban regeneration. Her dissertation focused on exposing the fallacies of neoliberal urban planning with an explicit focus on examining how urban planning policy and language is increasingly being used to facilitate and justify a program of state-led gentrification under the guise of urban redevelopment.

Recently arrived in London Imogen comes to Social Life with experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors; coupled with extensive involvement within student-led housing activism groups in Auckland. Having worked on large-scale projects at one of Auckland’s architectural firms as-well as undertaking a place-making internship in Christchurch – a city devastated by a series of earthquakes – Imogen has a keen passion in exploring how radical approaches to urban planning policy can mold the status quo narrative of planning policy into something new, radical and beneficial for all.