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Research interests

My main research interests are urban governance, sub-national and strategic planning, urban regeneration, and wider issues relating to sustainable urban development. I have researched and published in all of these areas over the past decade.


I am currently the Programme Leader for the BA Real Estate Programme at Northumbria.  Over the past 15 years I have worked in a number of research and teaching roles at Northumbria, initially at the Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED) and then the Sustainable Cities Research Institute (SCRI) before finding my present home in the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment.  I contribute to teaching on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Faculty relating to urban regeneration, planning, sustainable development and research methods.  In terms of research and consultancy I have extensive experience of undertaking applied research across a range of policy areas, including, planning, housing, urban regeneration, economic development and urban sustainability. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and an External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam University.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Urban and Regional Planning, PhD, Rescaling Governance The Turn To Localism Within Sub-National Governance: Assessing The Impacts Upon Planning and Regeneration Policies During A Period of Austerity, Northumbria University

Award Date: 21 Jan 2021

Urban Studies, MSc, Northumbria University

30 Jun 200231 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2002

Government, BA (Hons)

30 Jun 199831 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998


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