Global Urban Research Unit


GURU Visitors

Find out about visiting staff to GURU.

GURU visitors 2014

Professor David Brown (January to July 2014)

Professor David Brown specialises in development sociology at Cornell university, USA. He visited Newcastle University between January and July in 2014.

David is a social demographer who teachers and conducts research in the US, UK and Eastern Europe on:

  • migration and population redistribution
  • the production and reproduction of spatial inequalities
  • rural and regional policies 

While in Newcastle David collaborated with Tony Champion, Mike Coombes and Colin Wymer on a study of changing residence and changing workplaces over time in the UK. He also co-edited the International Handbook of Rural Studies with Mark Shucksmith

GURU visitors 2013

GURU visitors in 2013 include:

Hyungbo Kim, Korea (June 2013 to May 2015) - undertaking his own research agenda on planning and urban design

Dr Pia Backlund, University of Tampere, Helsinki (September 2013 to February 2014)

Mr Vesa Kanninen, Aalto University, Finland (September 2013 to February 2014)

Dr Ozer Karakayaci, Selcuk University, Turkey (August 2013 to August 2014)

Matilde Gralepois, University de Tours, France (April 2013)

Dr Chunging Liu, Jianxi University, Nanchang, China (March 2013 to February 2014)

Dr Wendy Steele, Griffith University, Australia (November 2012 to February 2013)

Professor Penguin Zhoa, Peking University, China (October 2012 to December 2013)

Vera Vicenzotti, Technische Universitat Muchen (November 2011 to October 2013) - to carry out postdoctoral research in the field of Landscape Urbanism

Musyimi Mbathi, University of Nairobi (March 2012 to September 2013) - Musyimi Mbathi was a guest member of staff publishing journal papers in the area of integrating geo-information tools in informal settlement planning. Musyimi Mbathi co-edited a book based on international research on managing informal settlements and lectures in the area of planning experiences in developing countries.

Jerome Anderson, Stewart Global Solutions, San Antonio, Texas (June 2009 to May 2014) - visiting fellow to pursue research collaborations and publications