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Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield

Andy Inch is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield in the UK. His research interests include the politics of planning reform, community-led planning and opposition to urban change.

I rejoined the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (USP) as a Senior Lecturer in May 2018 having spent the previous two years as a research fellow at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais at the University of Lisbon in Portugal where I am still an ‘associated researcher’. Prior to that, I was a lecturer in USP from 2010-2016.

I also spent a year as a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh immediately after finishing my PhD in 2009.

My academic background is interdisciplinary, my first degree was in English Literature and Modern History at the University of St Andrews (1995-1999). After teaching English in Japan, Spain and the UK, I completed an MSc and then PhD in Planning at Oxford Brookes University.

I am a comment and reviews editor for the journal Planning Theory and Practice and european editor of International Planning Studies.

I am also a trustee of a charity called Planning Democracy that campaigns for a fair and inclusive planning system in Scotland.


  • 2018–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield
  • 2016–2018
    Research Fellow, ICS, University of Lisbon
  • 2010–2016
    Lecturer, University of Sheffield
  • 2009–2010
    Lecturer, Heriot Watt University