- MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University (2017)
- Architect, Architects Registration Board (2004)
- DipArch. Edinburgh College of Art (1999)
- BArch (Hons). Edinburgh College of Art (1998)
External Activities / Membership
- Member of the ‘contested cities’ international (Latin America and Europe) academic research network (2015 to date)
- Language editor for Revista INVI the housing, residential habitat and territorial studies journal of the University of Chile (2015 to date)
- Member of the Association of European School of Planning (AESOP) Young Academic network (2017 to date)
- Registered UK Architect, Architects Registration Board (2004 to date)
Innovation and Engagement
- Co-researcher, RIBA Research Trust Awards 2015 funded action/research project (£10,000) ‘Practicing Engagement – the value of the Architect in a Community Asset Transfer (CAT)’ researching the role of the Architect in processes of co-production and CAT, with Mhairi McVicar, Cardiff University (2015 to date)
- Public lecture as visiting research fellow at the School of Geography, University of Leeds (2015)
- Technical support researcher, Chilean National Research Council for ‘Lo público y lo privado en la producción de espacios públicos vitales. Coproducción de espacios urbanos de apoyo en Santiago de Chile [The private and Public Production of vital Public Space. The Coproduction of Supportive Urban Spaces in Santiago, Chile] (Fondecyt project, No. 1120823) (2013 – 2015)
- Curator of ‘survival of the neighbourhood’ international conference and workshop with the Goethe-Institute Santiago and the Andres Bello University, Chile (2013).
- ‘Urban Design (MA)’ Urban Design Foundation – Tutor, School of Geography and Planning (GEOPL) / Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) at Cardiff University.
- ‘Urban Design (MA)’ Urban design foundation; Urban design thinkers; Spring Studio design course; Research Method Techniques; Research based design project; Barcelona and London field trip – Tutor, GEOPL/WSA at Cardiff University.
- 'Site Planning and Development Valuation' (BSc) – Tutor, GEOPL at Cardiff University.
- 'Designing Cities' (MSc) - Tutor, GEOPL at Cardiff University.
- 'Places and Plans' (BSc) - Teaching assistant, GEOPL at Cardiff University.
- 'Site Planning and Development' (MSc) - Teaching assistant, GEOPL at Cardiff University.
- 'Vertical Studio' - Tutor, WSA at Cardiff University
2008 - 2014
- ‘The City in Transformation’ [B.Arch (Hons)] - Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture and Planning (Fau) at the University of Chile (2012-2014).
- ‘Research Seminar’ [B.Arch (Hons)] – Lecturer, Fau, University of Chile (2012-2014).
- ‘The City and Architecture’ [B.Arch (Hons)] – Lecturer, Centre for Territorial and Urban Research (CITU) at the Andres Bello University (Santiago) (2011-2014).
- ‘Environment and sustainability’ [B.Arch (Hons)] – Lecturer, CITU at the Andres Bello University (Santiago) (2008-2014).
- 'Research Seminar' [MSc] - Lecturer, CITU, Andres Bello University (Santiago) (2012-2014)
Based on first-hand experience of working as a professional architect engaged in delivering community focused projects, my research and academic interests have grown from opportunities to study and develop a critical understanding of the wider macro processes that impact upon people at the local scale.
Today, a rich landscape of local participation appears to be emerging whereby communities are emerging as protagonists in the urban realm. This context allows for an exploration of the concepts and spatial implications of urban governance, local engagement, commons, the public good and the mechanisms through which these new publics are being produced.
The production of public goods: a spatial exploration of the practice of Community Asset Transfer
This research explores the wider issues of urban governance, including direct democracy and local engagement, in the operation and use of public assets at the neighbourhood scale.
In the UK, austerity is driving the reorganization and delivery of public services and the administration of local assets with communities taking on responsibility for these key roles. Community asset transfer is one response to this situation where the management and/or ownership of public assets, such as local libraries and community or sports centres, are transferred from local authorities to local communities.
Community asset transfer can be seen as a microcosm of the move to devolve political power from central authority towards local institutions and people in an attempt to further democracy and local engagement. This process may provide opportunities for politically progressive and outward looking practices. However, viewed through a political economic lens, it might also be understood as part of a wider roll back of the state and the roll out of civic responsibilities to society.
Based on a case study approach, this project will explore the spatial implications of the everyday practices and impacts of asset transfer and the role of ‘community’ in the process. Research questions include: What is ‘community’ in asset transfer? How successful are the assets in creating community gain and in what ways? What are the local motivations behind transfer?
My research will create new knowledge by identifying whether, and if so how, Community asset transfer contributes to the direct democracy and community empowerment in the context of the shrinkage of the state and the rise of civic engagement, informing a wider debate on how the space of public goods is being produced.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)