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Senior Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University

I am a researcher on place, space and public policy, working with the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. My PhD examined sustainability transitions and institutional change, and I worked with the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield on green space and wellbeing. Outside academia, I have been a journalist and consultant, specialising in UK community regeneration. I am the author of How to Save Our Town Centres (Policy Press, 2015) and co-editor of Urban Crisis, Urban Hope (Anthem, 2020) and Naturally Challenged (Springer Nature, 2020).


  • 2010–present
    Director, Urban Pollinators `Ltd
  • 2020–present
    Senior research fellow, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 2017–2019
    Research associate, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield


  • 2017 
    Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University, PhD, sustainability transitions


  • 2020
    A part and yet apart: how third sector visions of carbon reduction are both welcomed and marginalised, Voluntary Sector Review
  • 2020
    Naturally Challenged: Contested Perceptions and Practices in Urban Green Spaces, Springer Nature
  • 2020
    Urban Crisis, Urban Hope: A policy agenda for UK cities, Anthem Press
  • 2019
    Working out What Works: The Role of Tacit Knowledge Where Urban Greenspace Research, Policy and Practice Intersect, Sustainability
  • 2019
    Reinterpreting urban institutions for sustainability: How epistemic networks shape knowledge and logics, Environmental Science & Policy
  • 2018
    From contest to context: urban green space and public policy, People, Place and Policy
  • 2017
    From ‘me towns’ to ‘we towns’: activist citizenship in UK town centres, Citizenship Studies
  • 2016
    Rethinking town centre economies, Local Economy
  • 2015
    How to Save Our Town Centres, Policy Press

Research Areas

  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)
  • Community Planning (120501)
  • Social Policy (160512)
  • Human Geography (1604)