Dr Nezhapi-Dellé Odeleye

Course Leader for Town Planning, Faculty Director of Research Students

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Nezhapi gained 17 years’ experience in industry – initially as an architect and a community planner, then as a principal planner, and a strategic planner on the first London Plan which sets out a framework for the city's development.



Nezhapi’s research interests range from sustainable design and wellbeing in places, to the urban design implications of time and space concepts from the cultural design and planning of indigenous settlements. She's currently supervising professional doctorate research on the spatial justice outcomes of regeneration projects in the UK planning system, as well as PhD research on the role of local communities in the transition to future cities.

Research interests

  • Spatio-temporalities
  • The role of urban design in promoting well-being
  • Cultural knowledge-bases in indigenous planning

Areas of research supervision

  • Spatial Justice (DProf)
  • Energy efficiency in Reuse of Heritage Buildings (PhD)
  • Transitions to Future Cities (PhD)
  • Town Centres; Public spaces; BIM; Local Identity;  Promoting Health in Planning; Rural Sustainability; Faith Communities & the Planning System (MSc)
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage;  BIM; Biophilia in Architectural design; Sustainable Construction (BSc)



  • PhD in Urban Design (Oxford Brookes)
  • MPhil in Town Planning (UCL) with Distinction
  • BSc in Architectural Studies & BArch in Architecture; (Cardiff)
  • PGCert Higher Education (ARU)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • RIBA
  • RTPI
  • Academy of Urbanism
  • FHEA
  • Editorial Board, Urban Planning Journal
Other activity

Nezhapi remains very active in community engagement on city issues – through the ‘Changing Chelmsford’ Initiative and its spin-offs - the annual Chelmsford Ideas Festivals since 2011 and the Ideas Hub. This action research is an ongoing experiment in collaborative urbanism, involving Anglia Ruskin students, with local residents and other stakeholders in re-imagining the city.

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Selected recent publications

Akande O.K., Odeleye D., Coday A. & Jimenez-Bescos C., 2016. Performance Evaluation of Operational Energy Use in Refurbishment, Reuse & Conservation of Heritage Buildings for Optimum Sustainability. Frontiers of Architectural Research, 5(3), pp371–382

Odeleye, D., 2016. Alexander & Emerging ‘Images of the City–On Form, Metaphor & Theory’ (chapter 9). In: Mehaffy, M.W. and Alexander, C., 2016. A City is Not a Tree: 50th Anniversary Edition. Portland, OR: Sustasis Press & Centre for Environmental Structure.

Akande, A., Odeleye, D., Coday, A. & Jimenez-Bescos, C., 2015. Achieving Energy Efficiency In Public Heritage Buildings: Towards A Sustainable Approach to Practice. International Journal of Case Studies, 4(3), pp21-26.

Odeleye, D., 2015. Review of Knowing Our Future. KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time (International Society for the Study of Time), 15(2).
Akande, A., Odeleye, D. & Coday, A., 2014. Energy Efficiency For Sustainable Reuse Of Public Heritage Buildings: The Case For Research. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 9(2), pp237-250.

Recent presentations and conferences

Odeleye, D., 2015. Changing Chelmsford: A Co-Evolving of City and University. The Urban University Conference; Universities as Place Makers & Agents of Civic Success in Medium-sized Towns & Cities, 2-3 July 2015, Northampton, UK.

Bissett-Scott, S; Odeleye, D. & Frame, I., 2015. Spatial Justice; Measuring Justice Outcomes of Regeneration Programmes. 3rd International Conference, New Urban Languages: Tales & Images Of Spatial Justice, 24-26 June 2015, TU Delft.

Odeleye, D., 2014. The City of Ideas: Weaving Dreams into Place. Overview of the Changing Chelmsford Initiative, UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, 16-18 September, Oxford, UK.