Monica Riera

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I completed my PhD, MA and BA (Hons) at the University of Portsmouth, and my MSc in City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics. I'm a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


Research Interests

My main field of research is the city. I am interested in how cities articulate and shape human culture, and on the interactions, contributions and occasional interventions by which we could maintain and when appropriate enhance the quality and liveability of places.

As an extension of this, and currently the focus of my research, I am interested in the relation between culture and sustainability, in particular the role that heritage can play as the means to both preserve historical memory and identity, and enable sustainable development in historically-rich but often fragile heritage sites. In this context, I am currently working on a project focused on the Ancient City of Pingyao, a World Heritage Site in China.

My research and teaching integrate historical perspectives with those derived from urban planning, cultural studies and the social sciences. I am interested in consultancy as well as contributing to the planning and execution of place-making interventions.

Research Clusters

  • Cluster for sustainable cities- Stream Culture and Heritage
  • Centre for European and International Studies Research

Discipline Areas

  • City design
  • Urban development
  • History
  • Heritage
  • Cultural Studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, The London School of Economics and Political Science


PG Cert






PG Diploma


BA (Hons)


External positions

Associate Fellow, University of London

Sep 2009Jul 2012


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