I have been at LSE since 2010, before this I was at the University of Westminster and was a policy planner in London. My research interests cut across planning and geography but are broadly linked by a focus on housing and place. I have researched the planning implications of rural second homes and shrinking cities. I have also written on suburbanisation, in particular how residents construct and maintain a sense of place in the suburbs. More broadly I am also interested in the everyday practice of planning, including how planners construct narratives of place and how they seek to balance competing policy objectives.
My main teaching is on the Regional and Urban Planning Masters where I convene GY448 – Social and Political Aspects of Regional and Urban Planning. It is very satisfying to bring together theoretical perspectives on the planning process and professional experience. I also teach undergraduates where, again, I seek to make links between theories of urban economy and politics and practice. The strong links between research and teaching at LSE helps further to nurture these links. The varied backgrounds of the graduates makes for a stimulating learning environment. They clearly gain a great deal from sharing their experience and I too have gained much from the international perspectives that inform the seminars.
The Regional and Urban Planning Studies (RUPS) programme provides graduates with critical skills valuable in a range of careers in the built environment. This is recognised through the course’s accreditation by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. In the few years that I have been here I have already seen RUPS graduates go on to a wide range of careers.