The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Emma Ormerod

Research Fellow

Background

I am an ESRC Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. My current research project ‘Housing Hope: the place of politics and people in housing governance’ builds on previous research that explored increasingly entrepreneurial forms of housing governance. Whilst raising critical questions about transparency, accountability, ‘publicness’, politics and wider democracy, this new area of work will examine the ways in which people imagine housing; questioning whether ‘hope’ and ‘expectation’ can be understood as potential political resources in housing struggles.

Before joining Newcastle University, I completed my PhD in the Department of Geography at Durham University, my doctoral thesis was entitled ‘The Local State of Housing: Deepening Entrepreneurial Governance and the Place of Politics and Publics’. My research interests in urban geography have been shaped though my previous ten-year career in town planning, and I am committed to knowledge exchange with practice and communities alongside contributing to academic debates.

 

Research

I am an ESRC Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. My current research project ‘Housing Hope: the place of politics and people in housing governance’ develops my doctoral work in the Department of Geography at Durham University that examined neighbourhood housing regeneration. This new area of research considers ongoing struggles in housing; both within local government and local communities. In considering the conflicted nature of bureaucracy: as both desired and reviled, this research will consider how people imagine and react to housing in terms of responsibility, accountability and ‘publicness’. It questions whether ‘hope’ and ‘expectation’ can be understood as potential political resources in housing struggles.

My PhD project titled ‘The Local State of Housing: Deepening Entrepreneurial Governance and the Place of Politics and Publics’ examined how the governance of housing is transforming, with powerful impacts on inequality and local politics in British cities. It focused on a growing shift towards the local state becoming a housing developer, moving in increasingly entrepreneurial directions under times of austerity. The following dissemination reports have been written from this research:

I have also worked on other research projects including:

  • 'From doom to hope? Exploring the renegotiation of public services in challenging times' with Dr. David Webb and Dr. Ruth Raynor at Newcastle University
  • ‘Brexit Futures’ with Prof. Ben Anderson and Dr. Helen Wilson at Durham University
  • ‘Disposal: the housing crisis in Horden’s numbered streets’ with Prof. Rachel Pain at Durham University
  • ‘Mapping Research Impact from Customer-Led Network Revolution’ with Prof. Harriet Bulkeley and Dr. Adam Holden at Durham University
 

Publications