Lucia Caistor Arendar

Senior Associate

Lucia is a Senior Associate. She was Social Life's Head of Projects until May 2015, when she left to live in Lisbon. Since then she has been working with the team on a number of participatory research projects.

Lucia worked on research to measure the social impact of urban regeneration at Somerleyton Road in Lambeth and at South Acton in Ealing. She completed a project developing a Social Sustainability Toolkit for LB Sutton’s council officers and led a research project into outdoor spaces on mixed-tenure housing developments for L&Q. She has worked on two social sustainability assessments of the South Acton Estate, and most recently led the early stages of the Good Growth by Design Inquiry into social sustainability and social inclusion.

Prior to joining Social Life in 2013, Lucia spent three years working in the Local Innovation team at The Young Foundation where she mainly focused on the Future Communities programme, a programme to explore the ways in which new and existing housing developments can become socially sustainable, and contributed to the publication Design for Social Sustainability. Lucia also conducted an EU funded FP7 research programme on Measuring Progress at a Local Level across Europe.

Lucia has a Master Degree in Urban Studies from UCL's Urban Lab. She studied Architectural Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow with an Erasmus year at the Academia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland. She has an interest in Latin American urban development and has had involvement in various social enterprises and urban initiatives including Meanwhile Space CIC, ProjectArte, Make:Do, Future First, Open City and most recently the UnMonastery in Matera, Italy.