Celine Lessard-Brandt

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Celine is a 2021 graduate of the MPlan City Planning course at UCL's Bartlett School of Planning. Her dissertation research focuses on lived experiences of queer spaces in London and analyses how well high street policy reflects these. Whilst at UCL she has contributed to other queer and LGBTQ+ initiatives, including a Queering the Curriculum project for built environment teaching and an interview-based research project on the experiences of UCL's LGBTQ+ staff. 

Celine's other interests include understanding how urban residents experience neighbourhood change, and advocating for residents' voices to shape these processes. Since 2019 she has volunteered with the Morning Lane People's Space campaign, a Just Space-affiliated campaign seeking to ensure community-driven development in Hackney Central. She also completed a work placement with the GLA's Culture at Risk team, conducting research into the barriers that community and cultural groups face in accessing and retaining spaces.  

She holds dual bachelor's degrees from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University, and lived in Reims, France; New York; and Boston before moving to London. She has played trombone for 15 years and is a committed London cyclist.