Tucker Landesman

Senior researcher, Human Settlements

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, German (basic)

Tucker Landesman is a geographer with a multidisciplinary background and 10 years of experience researching and implementing projects on urban development, climate change and public health in Latin America as well as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. He focuses on innovative, inclusive urban policy and governance for more equitable and sustainable cities.


  • Sustainable urban development
  • Urban inequality, policy and informal settlements
  • Intersectional feminist analysis and practice
  • Multi-level climate governance
  • Qualitative methodology

Before IIED

  • Urban development specialist and project manager, Adelphi Research
  • Researcher, The Grantham Institute, LSE
  • Programme coordinator, The Buenos Aires AIDS Foundation


  • PhD, geography and urban studies, The London School of Economic and Political Science (2017)
  • MPH, public health, The University of Buenos Aires (2011)

Current work

Tucker is particularly interested in intersectional approaches to urban poverty and inequality and seeks to understand how excluded communities organise and interact with the state to effect change. His current work pursues a paradigm shift in infrastructure investment in Latin America.

Collaborating with local communities, governments and international development organisations, the action-research uses participatory planning methods to pilot sustainable infrastructure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions as well as economic and spatial inequality.

Pivotal to the work is the research and follow-up that integrates lessons learnt into local and national policy and infrastructure planning to scale up and replicate the interventions.