Academic researcher and research manager specialising in urban economies, architecture, housing, urban design, city development, planning, and regeneration.
Writer and urban researcher. Author of Camden Town: Dreams of Another London (forthcoming, British Library Publications 2017), Vanished City (Strange Attractor, 2014) and London’s Lost Rivers: A Walkers Guide (Strange Attractor, 2011). Experience includes public walks, lectures (e.g. the Royal Geographical Society Monday Night Lecture, Science Museum Lates), radio (Radio 4, World Service, BBC London), and articles for the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and others. I also write on music and theatre.
Experienced writer, editor, researcher and communicator. Track record of working with public bodies, third sector, national, regional and local government and professional bodies.
University teacher. Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Three years experience of teaching undergraduates in spatial and urban theory on UCL’s cross-departmental Understanding Cities module. Experience teaching English language skills to post-graduate students at The Writing Lab, UCL, 2016-17 and as Writer-in-Residence at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, 2013-14.
RECENT EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Oct 2013 to date PhD researcher, Bartlett School, University College London
I am currently researching a PhD, funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, investigating the spatial and historical character of London’s railway neighbourhoods. I also teach tutorials sessions on the BASc Understanding Cities module. Teaching experience as Teaching Assistant on the Understanding Cities module, BASc course 2014-15 and Writer-in-Residence, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, 2013-14.
Oct 2013 to date Freelance researcher
Research reports include design review case studies for Design Council CABE and for Industrial Strategy (BIS, 2014); Looking Ahead to 2050 (UCL/Mace, due 2015); A City Deal for London (Centre for Cities/Central London Forward, 2014); The Past, Present and Future of the High Streets (UCL, 2014). Panel Manager for High Speed 2 Design Review at Frame Projects. Organiser of Space Syntax Symposium 10 – international conference at UCL, July 2015.
March 2011 – Oct 2013 Senior Analyst, Centre for Cities
Main achievements: managing research projects and authoring six policy and research reports; presenting research findings to conferences and via the media; managing seminars for large UK cities and Government; delivering seminars on a consultancy basis to UK cities; managing relations with cities across the UK; managing members of staff.
Oct 2009 – Feb 2011 Senior Research Adviser, Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment (CABE)
Main achievements: producing numerous research projects on housing and on the value of design; planning, designing, commissioning and managing research projects; working with partner organisations; managing staff; running workshops and seminars; representing CABE in high profile public situations.
Aug 2008 – Oct 2009 Head of Research, CABE
Main achievements: planning and delivering a research strategy, including CABE’s Housing Audit; planning and delivering CABE’s monitoring and evaluation strategy, and impact evidence based; ensuring excellent overall quality of research within CABE; managing a £250k research budget; recruiting and managing a team of five; representing CABE research at senior level.
2003 – 2008 Research posts, CABE
1997 – 2003 Policy adviser posts, The National Trust
1992 – 1995 University of East Anglia, BA (Hons) 2:i in English Literature