- Senior Lecturer in Urban Development and Management (Urban Studies)
Rebecca re-joined Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow in January 2014 following positions at the University of East London, the British School at Rome and the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester. Her current research explores the relationships between the economic and emotional values of heritage and their role in urban redevelopment since 1945. Rebecca also retains an interest in the ways in which cities manage their industrial legacy both in terms of land-use planning and the socio-economic consequences of deindustrialisation. Aligning both of these interests is a desire to understand how cities are perceived by stakeholders, both within and outwith the city, and how this influences various urban decision-making processes.
Rebecca has lived and researched abroad during her academic career and will continue to examine international perspectives on urban conservation. Furthermore, Rebecca is interested in comparative and transnational urbanism and how this enhances our understanding of urban management and development. She is currently co-editing a book, with Dr Nicolas Kenny, which examines the theoretical and methodological implications of studying two or more cities.
A distinctive feature of her work focuses on the extent to which the urban past informs the future development of the city. Rebecca retains an active involvement with a number of planning and heritage organisations and is writing a report for the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust on the economic value of their world heritage site. She has also worked closely with Leicester City Council to deliver aspects of their Heritage Action Plan.
Ongoing Funded Projects
Heritage Lottery Fund, Townscape Heritage Initiative (£1.1m) ‘Living and Working in the Old Town’. Led by Leicester City Council with Dr Rebecca Madgin named as project partner.
Arts and Humanities Research Council (£515,000) Affective Digital Histories: Re-creating Britain's De-industrial Places, 1970s to the Present (Co-I): http://affectivedigitalhistories.org.uk/
Arts and Humanities Research Council (£102,000) ‘How Should Decisions about Heritage be Made? Co-designing a research project’. (Co-I) Project partners include Royal Commission of Ancient and Historic Monuments, Science Museum, National Centre for Co-coordinating Public Policy Engagement, Leicester City Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and local community heritage organisations: http://codesignheritage.wordpress.com/
Recently Completed Projects (2013)
Arts and Humanities Research Council(£250,000): ‘Archives, Assets and Audiences: New Modes to Engage Audiences with Archival Content and Heritage Sites’. (Co-I): http://archivestoassets.wordpress.com/
Arts and Humanities Research Council(£20,000): ‘Building Shared Heritages: Cultural Diversity in Leicester’ (Phase 1) (Co-I)
Arts and Humanities Research Council(£55,000) ‘Building and Enriching Shared Heritages’ (Phase 2) (Co-I)
Arts and Humanities Research Council, Cultural Engagement Fund (£10,000) ‘Valuing the Historic Core of Leicester’ (PI)
JISC (£102,000): ‘Manufacturing Pasts: Industrial Change in Twentieth Century Britain’ with Prof Simon Gunn and Ben Wynne (University of Leicester): http://www2.le.ac.uk/library/about/projects/manufacturingpasts
Admiral (£4,500): ‘History of Admiral Sportswear’. (PI)
Rebecca has also been funded by a number of public, private and voluntary sector organisations to evaluate government policies, organisational structures and development, housing, heritage and place attachment.
Rebecca has supervised PhD students in a variety of areas such as globalisation, the British New Towns, urban conservation and architectural symbolism.