Area Studies, International Development and Urban Studies

Research on area studies and international development are conducted through the University’s Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) and the Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC) with a particular focus on social movements, participatory governance, cultural revitalisation, creative and cultural studies, and work in Latin America.

Professor Jonathan S. Davies (Director), Professor of Critical Policy Studies

T: +44 (0)116 257 7818

Areas of expertise: urban, governance, austerity, state, Gramsci

Dr Merce Cortina- Oriol, VC2020 Lecturer in Public Policy and Urban Politics

T: +44 (0)116 207 8223

Areas of expertise: social movement, urban politics, participation, Spain 

Dr Adam Fishwick, VC2020 Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and Public Policy

T: +44 (0)116 207 8723

Areas of expertise: Latin America, urban, working class, resistance

Dr Regina Frank, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

T: +44 (0)116 257 7371

Areas of expertise: Brazil, urban

Dr Arianna Giovannini, VC2020 Senior Lecturer in Local Politics

T: +44 (0) 116 257 7093

Areas of expertise: local politics, regionalisation, devolution

Professor Steven Griggs, Director of Local Governance Research Centre

T: +44 (0)116 257 7786

Areas of expertise: discourse theory, policy process, democratic spaces, sustainable aviation

Professor Rachel Granger, Professor Urban Economies

T: +44 (0)116 250 6193

Areas of expertise: creative industries, Cultural Value, Hidden Culture, Creative Marginalisation, Creative Research Techniques

Dr Valeria Guarneros Meza, Reader in Public Policy and Politics

T: +44 (0)116 257 7038

Areas of expertise: urban democracy, infrastructure, informality, governance

Dr Jamie Jordan, Lecturer in International Relations

T: 0116 207 8871

Keywords: European governance, labour, international politics

Jennie Jordan, Programme Leader, Business Management in Creative Industries

T: +44 (0)116 257 7697

Areas of expertise: creative cities, festivalisation, urbanism 

Dr Jonathan Payne, Director of People Organisations and Work Institute (POWI)

T: +44 (0)116 257 7236

Areas of expertise: work, employment, skills, local economic development, automation

Dr Zoe Pflaeger Young, Lecturer in International Relations

T: +44 (0) 116 207 8222

Areas of expertise: empowerment, development, gendering and parental leave

Dr Mark Roberts, Lecturer and Research Fellow

T: +44 (0)116 257 7260

Areas of expertise: urban politics, democracy, partnerships, institutions and institutional theory

Professor Julia J.A. Shaw, Professor of Law and Social Justice

T: +44 (0)116 257 7826

Areas of expertise: legal philosophy, legal semiotics, social justice

Dr Ed Thompson, Associate Professor in Strategic Management and Marketing

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551 (7226)

Areas of expertise: strategy, austerity, governance, resilience, participatory democracy

Dr Ben Whitham, Lecturer in International Relations

T: +44 (0)116 250 6082

Areas of expertise: islamophobia, austerity, international political economy


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