Dr Karen Horwood, Senior Lecturer

Dr Karen Horwood

Senior Lecturer

Karen is a senior lecturer in planning and human geography. Her research focuses on women and planning. She is an associate member of the RTPI, and the gender mainstreaming lead for Women in Planning.

Karen has been a member of the course team since 2012. She teaches across planning modules on the Human Geography, Housing and Planning suite of courses.  She is currently module leader for Development of Planning Thought, Planning Policy & Practice and Women and the Built Environment (jointly with Dr Bronwen Edwards).

Karen is an associate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Prior to working at Leeds Beckett, she gained experience in regeneration practice at Leeds City Council. She is the gender mainstreaming lead for Women and Planning and on the committee of the Yorkshire Branch. She has been an invited speaker at Festival of Place and New Architecture London. She has also been interviewed for the planning press. In 2020 she was one of The Planner's Women of Influence.

Karen's research focuses on women and planning, considering how women's needs are recognised and met within the planning system. She was the convenor of the Women and Planning conference at Leeds Beckett in 2019, and founder of the Women and Planning Research Group.

Current Teaching

  • BA (Hons) Human Geography and Planning
  • BA (Hons) Human Geography
  • MPlan Planning
  • MA Town and Regional Planning
  • MA Housing, Regeneration and Urban Management
  • Degree Apprenticeship Town Planning

Research Interests

Karen's research focuses on how women's needs are identified and met within the planning system. Most recently she has been focusing on the extent to which the needs of women are included within planning policy and practice, through reviews of planning policy and examination of implementation and appeals. Karen is also interested in the history of women and planning movements, and the stories of women across generations who have been involved in this work.

In 2019, Karen convened the Women and Planning conference. This conference sought to develop a conversation between academics and practitioners, and those in-between, and (re)build a network of those interested in women and planning in the UK. The conference themes included historical understandings of women in planning, and how this informs us today and in the future. The conference brought together women in academia and practice, across generations, and from the UK and abroad to share and discuss women and planning. Papers from this conference are being brought together in special edition.

Karen has been interviewed for publications and podcasts, and an invited speaker at numerous events to share this expertise.

Dr Karen Horwood, Senior Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Equality and inclusion
  2. Government politics
  3. Feminism
  4. Gender
  5. Governance
  6. Sustainability
  7. Urban

Selected Outputs

  • Horwood K (2021) Minecraft and Planning. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021, 31 August 2021 - 3 September 2021, Online.

  • Edwards B; Horwood K (2021) The borderlands of motherhood and academia. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021, 31 August 2021 - 3 September 2021, Online.

  • Horwood K (2020) Inclusion and Equality Stream. In: Planning and Research Conference, 8 September 2020 - 9 September 2020, Online.

  • Horwood K (2020) Women and Core Strategies/Local Plans. In: Planning Research Conference, 8 September 2020 - 9 September 2020, Online.

  • Horwood K (2020) Feminist planning and minecraft. In: >Home/Work<, 8 July 2020 - 9 July 2020, Online.

  • Horwood K; Grafton K; Manley A (2019) Beckett Break-Ins. In: DEAP 19 Teaching Excellence & Student Outcomes, 27 June 2019, Leeds.

  • Horwood K (2019) Women and Core Strategies. In: Women and Planning, 20 May 2019 - 21 May 2019, Leeds.

  • Horwood K (2019) Women and Planning. In: Women and Planning, 20 May 2019 - 21 May 2019, Leeds.

  • Bradley Q; Horwood K (2011) The right to urban green space: the transformative effects of environmental projects in mutual housing. In: RGS-IGB Annual International Conference 2011, 31 August 2011 - 2 September 2011, London.

  • Edwards B; Horwood K; Pusey A; Hope M; Haigh D (2020) Making Space for the Dissertation : a Rural Retreat for Undergraduate Students. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 8 (1), pp. 147-156.

    https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v8i1.355

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  • Horwood K (2020) The Development of Green Infrastructure Policy in the North West Region of the UK 2005–2010. Planning Practice and Research, 35 (1), pp. 1-17.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2019.1704538

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  • Horwood K; von Benzon N (2011) Urban Green Space Special Edition Guest Editorial. Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability, 16 (10), pp. 943-944.

  • Horwood K (2011) Green infrastructure: reconciling urban green space and regional economic development: lessons learnt from experience in England's north-west region. Local Environment, 16 (10), pp. 963-975.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2011.607157

  • Horwood K; Bradley Q; Inch A; Chapman K; Tait M; Wilson E; Crookes L; Goode C; Clifford B; Colenutt B (2020) The Right Answers to the Right Questions.

  • Horwood K; Dutton J; Tomaselli C; Koshy M; Agnello K; Johnston-Zimmerman K; Morphet C (2022) Feminist Planning and Urbanism: Understanding the Past for an Inclusive Future. In: Brears R ed. The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures. Palgrave Macmillan,

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