The Planning, Housing and Human Geography group offers an interdisciplinary environment for staff to engage in academic inquiry and policy-related research. Staff research focuses on urban governance and regeneration, culture and heritage-based regeneration, housing policy and international disaster planning perspectives.
The Neighbourhood Planning research cluster led by Dr Quintin Bradley has established Leeds Beckett University as one of the foremost authorities on neighbourhood planning in England. Research undertaken by the cluster has resulted in publications in international peer reviewed planning and housing journals and an edited book on neighbourhood planning published by Policy Press. This published research was the first to identify the distinctive approach to housing supply taken by neighbourhood plans – a finding now supported by other scholars.
Dr Bronwen Edwards leads the School’s Women and the Built Environment research cluster. This cluster has brought together women and men across the University who share research interests in the theme of women and built space (buildings and the broader built environment), thinking about women as designers/planners/ builders. The research also looks at spaces inhabited by women, designed for them and adopted by them, both the occasional and the everyday. Our location in the School of Built Environment and Engineering, home to a large range of building practitioners and students, constitutes an important grounding of research in built environment practice.
Other research activity
Dr Max Hope is undertaking disaster management research. His research focuses on learning-led adaption and he has conducted research from this perspective on disaster risk reduction, pollution management, education for sustainable development and heritage management. His current research is about social innovation and its role in driving learning-led adaption, specifically, on aftershock forecasting for humanitarian emergency response and in disaster prone cities. He is part of a Global Challenges Research Council (GCRF) funded team writing a proposal for a £19 Million GCRF project on Urban Disaster Risk Transitions in Tomorrows Cities to enhance urban resilience in Nairobi, Istanbul, Quito, Kathmandu and Managua.
Professor Ian Strange has also been involved as a key partner in a Heritage Lottery funded project exploring the rich architectural and social history of Wood Street, Wakefield.
Wood Street - the Heart of Wakefield, is an inter-generational project about how people, buildings and events, on one street, helped to shape the Wakefield District. The principal objective of the project is to uncover the rich historical and heritage landscape of Wood Street and document the role this area has played in the development and governance of what is now a small city. The outputs from this work will advise future considerations for this area and will form part of a future bid for further HLF funding.