I am Director of Newcastle City Futures and Professor of Town Planning at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. My work relates to planning, land use, historic and contemporary urban change, and community participation in places.
In particular, I am interested in exploring visual methods for active citizen and business participation in cities, strategic spatial thinking and spatial governance, the study and representation of cities historically in film and television, behavioural dimensions to planning theory, and the relationship between planning and other policy fields such as housing.
I have experience of working with community groups, local and national governments and institutions such as the NHS, on a range of issues connected to planning and land use. In 2013 I was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
As Director of Newcastle City Futures, I oversee a collaboration between Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and business representatives. NCF designs innovative cross sectoral and collaborative initiatives in the North East to improve research, resilience, well-being and policy.