In particular, I seek to share and apply ideas about improving towns, cities and communities, and to help these ideas grow. I do that by writing, researching and explaining, connecting, training and encouraging, hosting conversations and events, speaking and listening.
I am a writer, editor, researcher, facilitator and consultant specialising in regeneration and placemaking – in other words, how to make the places we live in better and enable the people who live there to create better lives for themselves. I help to influence national policy development and local action, and find ways to join the two up.
I was the founding editor of New Start magazine in 1999 and was editorial director until October 2010. I was editor of Inside Housing magazine from 1993 to 1998. I’m also the author of How to Save Our Town Centres, published by Policy Press in 2015.
Through Urban Pollinators I help people and organisations develop and share learning and good practice, communicate in language people of all backgrounds can understand, manage editorial and communications projects – and much more!
I am a Fellow of the RSA, a voluntary board member at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, and an external adviser to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. I am currently completing a PhD at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, examining how institutional change enables and constrains progress towards a low carbon future.
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