Writer and urban researcher. Author of three books – ‘Camden Town: Dreams of Another London’, ‘Vanished City: London’s Lost Neighbourhoods’ and ‘London’s Lost Rivers: A Walkers Guide’. Currently writing ‘Low Country’ for Penned in the Margins (October 2018) 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.

Academic researcher and research manager specialising in urban economies, architecture, housing, urban design, city development, planning, and regeneration.

Design review panel manager, with experience setting up and running professional and community panels for London boroughs, mayoral development corporations and national organisations.

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 for three years; 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.


Nov 2017 to date         Research Manager/Design Review Panel Manager, Frame Projects
Managing research project to produce design principles for the National Infrastructure Commission. Setting up and managing independent design review panels, including writing formal recommendations. Working principally with the London Borough of Camden, HS2 and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.

Oct 2009 to date          Writer
Forthcoming: London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide Volume 2 (Strange Attractor, 2019). Author of Low Country: Brexit on the Essex Coast (Penned in the Margins, October 2018); Camden Town: Dreams of Another London (2017, British Library Publications 2017), Vanished City (Strange Attractor, 2014) and London’s Lost Rivers: A Walkers Guide (Strange Attractor, 2011).

Oct 2013 to Nov 2017        PhD researcher, Bartlett School, University College London
PhD, funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, investigating the spatial and historical character of London’s railway neighbourhoods. While at UCL I taught on the BASc Understanding Cities module for three years, was Writer-in-Residence, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, 2013-14, a Writing Lab tutor for two years, and a guest lecturer and tutor at UCL, Goldsmith’s and the RCA. Organiser of Space Syntax Symposium 10 – international conference at UCL, July 2015.

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).

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, 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         Acting 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 Advisor,
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

1997 – 2003          Membership and Policy posts, The National Trust

1996 – 1997          Mail Order Assistant, Hatchard’s bookshop


2013 – 2017          PhD, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

1995 – 1996          Higher Diploma in Administrative Procedures, City College, Norwich

1992 – 1995.         University of East Anglia, BA (Hons) 2:i in English Literature

1985 – 1992          King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
4 A-levels, 9 GCSEs