Prof. Sue Brownill – Principal Investigator, Oxford Brookes University

Sue Brownill is a Reader in Urban Policy and Governance whose research and teaching interests focus on the interaction of communities with urban planning and regeneration.

Dr. Andy Inch – Co-Investigator, University of Sheffield

Andy Inch is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. His research explores the ideology and politics of planning and the role of publics in shaping the futures of their communities.

Prof. Glen O’Hara – Co-Investigator, Oxford Brookes University

Glen O’Hara is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Oxford Brookes University, and his research focuses on planning policy, access to the countryside and the environmental history of modern Britain.

Prof. Geraint Ellis – Co-Investigator, Queens University Belfast

Geraint Ellis is Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University, Belfast. His key research interests are in planning and sustainability, renewable energy, planning governance and healthy urban planning.

Dr. Loraine Leeson – Co-Investigator, Middlesex University

Loraine Leeson is a visual artist who works through social engagement. Her teaching and research at Middlesex University focuses on art and social practice. 

Dr. Francesca Sartorio – Co-Investigator, Cardiff University

Francesca Sartorio is a Lecturer in Planning at Cardiff University. Her research agenda focuses around strategic planning practices, stakeholder engagement in planning processes and urban design cultures.

Dr. Debbie Humphry – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oxford Brookes University

Debbie Humphry’s research focuses on understanding the lived experiences of housing, neighbourhood and community campaigning in the context of UK national policy and global capitalism, using participatory and visual methodologies.

Dr. Jason Slade – Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield

Jason Slade has broad research interests in the fields of planning and planning theory, encompassing storytelling/narrative, action research, public participation, community-led planning, planning education and commercialisation in contemporary practice.

Dr. Michael Howcroft – Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield

Michael Howcroft’s research explores how civic pride and civic shame work at the intersections of local cultural and political behaviour. His recent work investigated how local communities and local governments understand culture and heritage within the emerging Levelling Up agenda.

Dr Glyn Robbins – Research Associate, University of Sheffield

Glyn worked in housing for 30 years, before being awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in June 2021. After six months attached to the City University of New York’s Graduate Centre, researching housing activism and spatial planning, he joined the University of Sheffield’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning to work on a project researching housing and racism and has been working with Spaces of Hope since September 2022.