Understanding Neighbourhood Poverty


The module builds on the module lead’s 20+ years’ experience of researching on urban planning and poverty issues including:

  • Research on household poverty
  • Housing tenure and poverty
  • Low demand and abandonment
  • Regional planning and housing strategy policy at local, regional and national level

Recent additions to the module have included sessions on resilience and neighbourhoods and the role of energy in shaping future trajectories of neighbourhoods.

The course has three elements: theoretical, technical and policy related lectures which contribute to the understanding of neighbourhood poverty and series of practical workshops to develop analytical skills.

The workshops involve analysis of census and other large data sets at regional, city and neighbourhood level and work towards a project on identifying and explaining patterns of neighbourhood poverty as part of the assessment.

Guest lectures given by local and regional policy makers and stakeholders contribute to sessions on resilience and neighbourhood strategies.

The core argument of the module is that narratives of poverty and place start with our own perceptions of what poverty is and our experiences of where we have lived 


  • Essay
  • Report

Key skills

The module will help develop analytical skills that will help particularly in a planning, economic development or business development career and in graduate levels occupations generally.

Development of practical skills in handling data/secondary sources and software packages (eg: Excel, SPSS, ArcGIS, Q-GIS) and data platforms (CASWEB, IN-FUSE, UKBorders, StreetView, Neighbourhood Statistics, NOMIS) that will help in both your dissertation and career development.

Relating concepts of resilience and emerging agendas around energy and spatial inequality provides opportunities for transferring ideas to different contexts.