Dr Helen Traill

  • Lecturer in Political Economy and Sustainability (Management)
  • Affiliate (Adam Smith Business School)

email: Helen.Traill@glasgow.ac.uk

Main Building, Room 613, University Avenue, Glasgow, G20 8QQ

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Biography

Dr Helen Traill is a Lecturer in Political Economy and Sustainability at the Adam Smith Business School. Her research interests span the urban everyday life, community organisations and social networks, (classed) practices of sustainability, sustainability transitions and social change, and the politics of urban land use.

She holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, which focused on practices of communality in community growing projects and their relation to urban land politics. That project is now written up in a monograph from Bristol University Press, under the title The Practice of Collective Escape.

Helen previously held post-doctoral roles in the school on sustainability projects. That work included exploring the ethics of sustainability in areas of urban deprivation, working alongside and learning from a community food hub in the East End of Glasgow. It also included two years on a Horizon2020 project on municipal action towards energy transition, working with NGOs across Europe to identify common challenges and blockages to local action for change.

Research interests

Helen is as member of the School's Entrepreneurship, Development and Political Economy research cluster.

Areas of expertise:

  • Community organisations
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Urban land politics
  • Urban food systems
  • Sustainability transitions

Publications

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Number of items: 11.

2024

Traill, H., Anderson, S. , Shaw, D. , Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2024) Caring at the edges: infrastructures of care and repair in urban deprivation. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, (doi: 10.1177/02637758241231106) (Early Online Publication)

Traill, H. and Cumbers, A. (2024) The limits to the urban within multi-scalar energy transitions: Agency, infrastructure and ownership in the UK and Germany. Urban Studies, (doi: 10.1177/00420980241228467) (Early Online Publication)

2023

Traill, H. (2023) The Practice of Collective Escape: Politics, Justice and Community in Urban Growing Projects. Series: Spaces and practices of justice. Bristol University Press. ISBN 9781529220681

Brown, G., Traill, H., Anderson, S. , Shaw, D. , Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2023) Good Food for All in Glasgow: An Interim Assessment of the Glasgow City Food Plan. Other. University of Glasgow.

Traill, H., Shaw, D. , Anderson, S. , Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2023) Approaching the ethics of sustainability in an area of deprivation. In: Carrigan, M., Wells, V. K. and Papadas, K. A. (eds.) Research Handbook on Ethical Consumption: Contemporary Research in Responsible and Sustainable Consumer Behaviour. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 174-189. ISBN 9781802202014 (doi: 10.4337/9781802202021.00018)

Traill, H. and Cumbers, A. (2023) Creating local sustainability transitions: finance, citizen participation and the multi-scalar governance challenges of municipal energy transition. In: Arestis, P. and Sawyer, M. (eds.) Prospects and Policies for Global Sustainable Recovery: Promoting Environmental and Economic Sustainability. Series: International papers in political economy. Springer, pp. 265-307. ISBN 9783031192562 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-19256-2_7)

Traill, H. and Cumbers, A. (2023) The state of municipal energy transitions: multi-scalar constraints and enablers of Europe’s post-carbon energy ambitions. European Urban and Regional Studies, 30(2), pp. 93-106. (doi: 10.1177/09697764221101740)

2021

Traill, H., Cumbers, A. and Gray, N. (2021) The state of European municipal energy transition: an overview of current trends. Documentation. mPOWER.

Traill, H. (2021) The idea of community and its practice: tensions, disruptions and hope in Glasgow's urban growing project. Sociological Review, 69(2), pp. 484-499. (doi: 10.1177/0038026120982272)

Cumbers, A. and Traill, H. (2021) Public ownership in the pursuit of economic democracy in a post-neoliberal order. In: Arestis, P. and Sawyer, M. (eds.) Economic Policies for a Post-Neoliberal World. Series: International papers in political economy. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 225-268. ISBN 9783030567347 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-56735-4_6)

2020

Traill, H., Shaw, D. , Anderson, S. , Cumbers, A. , McMaster, R. and Marr, N. (2020) Baltic Street Adventure Playground Establishing a Community Food Hub. Project Report. University of Glasgow. (doi: 10.36399/gla.pubs.217178).

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Number of items: 11.

Articles

Traill, H., Anderson, S. , Shaw, D. , Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2024) Caring at the edges: infrastructures of care and repair in urban deprivation. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, (doi: 10.1177/02637758241231106) (Early Online Publication)

Traill, H. and Cumbers, A. (2024) The limits to the urban within multi-scalar energy transitions: Agency, infrastructure and ownership in the UK and Germany. Urban Studies, (doi: 10.1177/00420980241228467) (Early Online Publication)

Traill, H. and Cumbers, A. (2023) The state of municipal energy transitions: multi-scalar constraints and enablers of Europe’s post-carbon energy ambitions. European Urban and Regional Studies, 30(2), pp. 93-106. (doi: 10.1177/09697764221101740)

Traill, H. (2021) The idea of community and its practice: tensions, disruptions and hope in Glasgow's urban growing project. Sociological Review, 69(2), pp. 484-499. (doi: 10.1177/0038026120982272)

Books

Traill, H. (2023) The Practice of Collective Escape: Politics, Justice and Community in Urban Growing Projects. Series: Spaces and practices of justice. Bristol University Press. ISBN 9781529220681

Book Sections

Traill, H., Shaw, D. , Anderson, S. , Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2023) Approaching the ethics of sustainability in an area of deprivation. In: Carrigan, M., Wells, V. K. and Papadas, K. A. (eds.) Research Handbook on Ethical Consumption: Contemporary Research in Responsible and Sustainable Consumer Behaviour. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 174-189. ISBN 9781802202014 (doi: 10.4337/9781802202021.00018)

Traill, H. and Cumbers, A. (2023) Creating local sustainability transitions: finance, citizen participation and the multi-scalar governance challenges of municipal energy transition. In: Arestis, P. and Sawyer, M. (eds.) Prospects and Policies for Global Sustainable Recovery: Promoting Environmental and Economic Sustainability. Series: International papers in political economy. Springer, pp. 265-307. ISBN 9783031192562 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-19256-2_7)

Cumbers, A. and Traill, H. (2021) Public ownership in the pursuit of economic democracy in a post-neoliberal order. In: Arestis, P. and Sawyer, M. (eds.) Economic Policies for a Post-Neoliberal World. Series: International papers in political economy. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 225-268. ISBN 9783030567347 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-56735-4_6)

Research Reports or Papers

Brown, G., Traill, H., Anderson, S. , Shaw, D. , Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2023) Good Food for All in Glasgow: An Interim Assessment of the Glasgow City Food Plan. Other. University of Glasgow.

Traill, H., Cumbers, A. and Gray, N. (2021) The state of European municipal energy transition: an overview of current trends. Documentation. mPOWER.

Traill, H., Shaw, D. , Anderson, S. , Cumbers, A. , McMaster, R. and Marr, N. (2020) Baltic Street Adventure Playground Establishing a Community Food Hub. Project Report. University of Glasgow. (doi: 10.36399/gla.pubs.217178).

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Grants

Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Flexible Fund (£14,918), (Co-I with Stephanie Anderson, Robert McMaster, Andrew Cumbers, Deirdre Shaw) ‘Creating a Toolkit and Collaborative Methodology for Evaluating the Glasgow City Food Plan’, 2023

Research Pump-Priming Fund 2022/23 (£2050), (Co-I with Robert McMaster) Adam Smith Business School, university of Glasgow, 2022

Research reinvigoration funding (£2,980.80), (Co-I with PI Dr Stephanie Anderson) Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, 2022

Strategic Research Fund (£1,818), (Co-I with PI Dr Stephanie Anderson) College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, 2022

Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Flexible Fund (£9650), ‘Community Food Hubs and the Promotion of Sustainable Urban Food Systems’, University of Glasgow (Co-Investigator), 2020

Teaching

Helen currently course coordinates Management Research Methods and Management Research Methods online. She also contributes to the postgraduate course, Research Masterclass, and to the honours elective, Social and Community Entrepreneurship.

Additional information

Member of the Community Food working group of the Glasgow City Food Plan.

Winner: Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2020, in category: Making a Difference.

Winner: University of Glasgow Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement Awards 2020, in category: Best Community or Public Engagement Initiative.