Professor in Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield

I'm a Professorial Fellow at the University of Sheffield, in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. My research mainly focuses on spatial analysis, spatial inequality, and spatial policy. In normal language, this means that I often make maps and analyse data about patterns of inequality and deprivation in cities. In addition to my formal academic publications, I also produce a data-related blog ( and make occasional contributions to other media outlets, including CityMetric, the BBC, and the Royal Statistical Society's Significance blog. I have a PhD in Urban and Regional Policy from the University of Liverpool, an MA from The Ohio State University and a BA (Hons) from the University of Strathclyde. I previously worked at the University of Manchester's Centre for Urban Policy Studies. I try to turn some of the obscure academic research I produce into meaningful knowledge that helps people understand the world a little bit better.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, University of Sheffield