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Dr Karen Horwood


About Dr Karen Horwood

Karen is a geographer and planner. She examines planning policy-making from an interpretative position, with a particular focus on green infrastructure, and the spatial governance of cities for, and by women.

Karen's doctoral research completed in 2016 focused on green infrastructure policy-making in the North West region of the UK. Taking an interpretive position she critically explained how the concept of green infrastructure changed and developed as it became part of the wider policy-making environment.

Karen's research was featured in Science for Environment Policy, the European Commission's environmental news service for policy makers, distributed to over 14,000 subscribers, and EG magazine. As a result of this coverage, Karen has been approached by researchers and practitioners across the EU to discuss her research.

Prior to joining Leeds Beckett, Karen worked in regeneration at Leeds City Council.

Current Teaching

Karen teaches into the BA (Hons.) Human Geography, Human Geography & Planning, and Master of Planning programmes on the following modules:

  • Development of Geographical Thought (module leader)
  • Planning Policy & Practice (module leader)
  • Women and the Built Environment (co module leader)

She has also previously taught on:

  • Critical Geographies
  • Development of Planning Thought
  • Geographies of Diversity
  • Key Issues in Human Geography
  • Planning and Managing Towns and Cities
  • Planning and Managing Places and Spaces
  • Sustainable Urban Regeneration

Research Interests

More recently Karen has been researching the spatial governance of cities by and for women. She is currently focusing on lessons learnt from women's committees alongside contemporary governance arrangements.

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