The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Emma Ormerod

Lectureship in Economic Geography

Background

I am a Lecturer in Economic Geography in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development (CURDS) within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. My research interests are in the relationship between housing and the economy, and in particular I explore increasingly entrepreneurial forms of housing governance, raising critical questions about transparency, accountability, ‘publicness’, politics and wider democracy.

Before joining Geography as a lecturer in 2020, I was an ESRC Research Fellow here in 2018-2019 working on a project entitled 'Housing Hope: the place of politics and people in housing governance' and also a Research Associate in the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape at Newcastle. My research interests straddle urban planning, geography and housing studies and have been shaped though my previous ten-year career in town planning. I am committed to knowledge exchange with practice and communities alongside contributing to academic debates.

 

Research

I am a Lecturer in Economic Geography in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development (CURDS) within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. 

Prior to my current role, I was an ESRC Research Fellow in GPS, leading a research project entitled ‘Housing Hope: the place of politics and people in housing governance’. This research developed my doctoral work in the Department of Geography at Durham University that examined neighbourhood housing regeneration. This research offers ways of reconceptualising the relationship of housing with the wider economy, politics and decision making.

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