Research title: Creating well-designed places in Scotland: What does it take
My doctoral research focuses on the local implementation of national urban design policy, in a context where the quality of much of Scotland's new development fails to meet the aspirations of policy. I aim to contribute to theoretical knowledge of urban 'design governance', while providing evidence to support planning and design practice to deliver better places in Scotland.
I am collaborating with West Dunbartonshire Council, a planning authority which has recently adopted urban design as a strategic priority. This has provided an opportuntiy to study the use of innovative policy and practice interventions to create better places, in a post-industrial area which has historically struggled to achieve high quality development. I am particularly interested in the role of individuals within 'design governance', and how behaviour at 'street-level' is shaped by broader ideological forces driving the restructuring of the local state.
During 2021 I was a part-time Research Assistant on REPAIR, an ESRC-funded project studying the spatial processes of adaptation occurring within urban centres as they adjust to structural change within the retail sector. My MSc dissertation, in 2018, researched the contribution 'community stadia' can make to placemaking.
- Urban design
- Planning systems
- Spatial governance
ESRC Collaborative Studentship with West Dunbartonshire Council (4 years)
- Social and Public Policy 1A: Foundations of Welfare (PUBPOL1010)
- Social and Public Policy 1B: Understanding Glasgow in a Globalised World (PUBPOL1011)
- Spatial Planning Strategies (URBAN5046)
- Designing Places (URBAN5010)
- MRes, Urban Research, University of Glasgow
- MSc, City Planning and Real Estate Development, University of Glasgow
- MA, Geography, University of Cambridge (Robinson College)