Under the pressure of a growing citywide housing crisis, Outer London suburbs like Colindale are undergoing massive regeneration and housing development. Given that Colindale is seven years into the implementation of its regeneration plan, it is an important moment to capture some of the lived experiences of a neighborhood in transition. What happens in the interim? What are the different experiences of integration and isolation? Who moves on and who stays? How does the uncertainty and change impact individuals and community life?

Made for GY454 Urban Policy and Planning Course, LSE RUPS

Music by: Noah Teachey


Sophie Sarkar (she/her) has seven years of experience leading equity and inclusion initiatives in both local and federal government. She most recently worked as an Equity Fellow for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, managing their efforts to mitigate urban heat inequalities through community-led climate adaptation planning. Earlier in her career, Sophie worked for several years as a Planner with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. In this role she built innovative partnerships with institutions and communities to tackle issues around environmental injustice and outdoor access. Some highlights from her experience include working with middle schoolers in North Philly to transform their concrete playground into a community playscape; supporting residents in West Philadelphia to create a vibrant neighborhood greenway; and organizing urban canoeing programs for over 4,000 public school students and families in the Greater Philadelphia Area. 

Sophie has an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics where her research examined experiences of social bias in urban planning education and urban development initiatives. She is a thought partner and facilitator with the Avarna Group, co-founded the PGM ONE Summit, and was recognized on the inaugural Outdoor 30 Under 30. She is also a visual artist and mindfulness facilitator.