Editor of the Routledge Questioning Cities series with Sophie Watson.
Panel member of the Urban Atlantic workshop series sponsored by the British Academy.
social theory and the city
philosophy of social science
theories of social welfare
Areas of expertise
My research interests include work in social/urban theory and class, gentrification and urban social change. Recent work on gentrification has included an ESRC project on Housing, taste and place: the housing histories of gentrifiers, which looks at the class and aesthetics dynamics of gentrification in terms of the lifecourse of gentrifiers.
Publications include papers on class and gentrification, provincial gentrification and an edited collection with Rowland Atkinson Gentrification in a Global Context (Routledge 2005). Research in social/urban theory is concerned with ideas of rationality, communication and philosophical pragmatism in understanding urban life. Recent publications on this theme include Reason in the City of Difference: Pragmatism, communicative action and contemporary urbanism (Routledge 2005).