About Us

About Us

We are a collective of urban scholars writing collaboratively across countries, disciplines and theoretical and methodological boundaries.  We aim to harness new thinking in the field to promote online discussion about urban social theory, and policy and practice.  Through mobilising a collective of writers in different places, we will create a movement of critically engaged scholars.  Blogging is a more instant medium for promoting debate than traditional academic publishing, and allows the opportunity for commentary on contemporary urban issues within policy, politics and practice.


Getting Involved

We welcome contributions from scholars at all career stages who are concerned with urban issues and who can talk to the broad theme of social-spatial justice within local, regional, national and international contexts.  All posts should be between 750-1000 words long. Posts that respond to critical academic debates and contemporary policy issues, or reflect on ongoing or completed research are encouraged.

If you’d be interested in blogging with us, please email the Theme Editor who most closely relates to your area of interest:



Kim McKee, University of St Andrews (@kim_mckee)

Tom Moore, University of Sheffield (@Tom_Moore85)

Joe Crawford, University of Stirling

Jenny Hoolachan, University of St Andrews/University of Stirling (@Jen_2603)


Theme Editors

Joe Crawford – Social Housing and Homelessness, Bourdieu

John Flint – Housing & Urban Governance, Social Theory (@JFlintSheffield)

Andy Inch – Planning

Sharon Leahy – Social Geographies of Difference, especially Migration & Mobilities (@sharon_leahy)

David Manley – Neighbourhoods & Segregation (@david_j_manley)

Tony Manzi – Housing and Social Policy, Social Constructionism (@tfmanzi)

Peter Matthews – Community Regeneration (@urbaneprofessor)

Jed Meers – Legal Studies, Welfare Reform (@jed_meers)

Tom Moore – Housing, Community and Third Sector Studies (@Tom_Moore85)

Louise Reid – Sustainability and Environmental Behaviour Change (@louannreid)

Douglas Robertson – Politics & Belonging, the Private Rented Sector

Dianne Theakstone – Housing and Disability


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