Research students normally have a lead supervisor and a co-supervisor who meet regularly with the student to review and guide their work.
Each research student agrees with their supervisor(s) a programme of training tailor-made to their needs and previous experience. A programme may include:
Research methods modules offered by the University, which students are expected to attend unless they have previously received equivalent training
Any module offered by CURS related to their research
Modules and programmes in other departments
Personal development and skills training provided through the University's Graduate School on subjects including computing, time management, thesis writing, writing for publication, and teaching
All research students give an annual presentation on their work in progress. These take place in research student workshops. These occasions are also opportunities to hear presentations and share views and experiences with other research students and academics and practitioners from the ‘outside world’. In addition, students present their work to a research supervisory panel as another means of gauging progress.
Urban and brownfield regeneration policies; Culture-led regeneration; Planning and sustainable development; Comparative planning in Europe (especially France, Great Britain and Switzerland).
Contact: Dr Lauren Andres
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5021
City centre regeneration; City living and gentrification; Inter-city competition and co-operation; Comparative urban development in Britain, Europe and North America.
Contact: Dr Austin Barber
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2984
Urban geography; Spatial planning; Urban regeneration and management; Sport and cultural-led development; The politics of mega-events; Planning for risk and resilience; National security and counter-terrorism; Post-conflict reconstruction
Contact: Professor Jon Coaffee (Director of CURS)
Tel: +44(0)121 414 7421
The political economy of post-socialist cities; Critical urban geographies - urban and housing policies under neoliberalism, world city entrepreneurialism, gentrification; Urban and regional resilience, social and economic vulnerabilities and adaptive and transformative strategies; Energy and the built environment, energy efficiency, low carbon urbanism.
Contact; Dr Oleg Golubchikov
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8143
Housing markets and neighbourhood change; Housing and social exclusion; Issues related to concentrations of deprivation, segregation and excluded communities; Development of models of affordability at local and regional level for the purpose of housing strategy development.
Contact: Dr Peter Lee
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3645
Cities; Critical political economy; Local government; Post-communism; fiscal federalism, industrial restructuring, and territorial cohesion; the 'knowledge-based economy', manufacturing, and neo-liberalism; public health outcomes of economic and fiscal crises.
Contact: Dr Vlad Mykhnenko
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 9129
Urban and rural policy; Community planning; Social inclusion; Urban regeneration management; State spatiality and the geography of state power; Policies and politics of managed migration.
Contact: Dr Simon Pemberton
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2680
Planning, developing and managing sustainable communities; Community and neighbourhood governance; Delivering affordable housing options; Housing co-operatives and co-ownership housing; Regeneration of public housing estates.
Contact: Rob Rowlands
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2243
Transnationalism and population migration; Transnational families; International education; Mobility and education
Contact: Dr Johanna Waters
Tel: +44 (0)121 41 45527