Global Urban Research Unit

Identities, Culture & Heritage

Identities, Culture and Heritage


This theme considers concepts and issues surrounding notions of identity, culture, and heritage.

This theme understands these categories as: socially constructed, ever changing processual entities that are subject to broader social, cultural, political and economic forces; and spatially mobile leaky, messy and excessive.

We maintain a rich interest in the identities, cultures and heritage, of countries and continents in the global north and the global south and a range of agents, including government actors, growth coalitions, the local entrepreneurial state, urban elites, NGOS, local activists, conservationists, conservation practitioners, town planners, informal housing networks and co-operatives, urban designers and architects.

We are concerned with a range of empirical issues including:

  • urban responses to environmental issues
  • historical imaginaries
  • collective memory, and nostalgia
  • cultures of heritage
  • heritage management
  • urban and architectural conservation
  • town planning and landscape-based conservation and self-made, informal settlements
  • informal economies and home based enterprises

The theme leader is Andrew Law.


Find out about what we're currently working on, and what projects we've completed.


Find out which members of staff are involved in this research theme.

Dr Jayne Jeffries
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8981

Dr Peter Kellett
Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6023

Dr Andrew Law
Senior Lecturer in Town Planning

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5408

Professor Ali Madanipour
Professor of Urban Design

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6050

Professor John Pendlebury
Professor of Urban Conservation

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6810

Dr Ruth Raynor
Lecturer in Urban Planning

Telephone: 0191 2088811

Maggie Roe
Dean of Postgraduate Studies in HaSS Faculty, Reader in Landscape Planning Research & Policy Engagement


Teresa Strachan
Lecturer in Planning

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7801

Dr Loes Veldpaus
Senior Research Associate


Dr David Webb
Senior Lecturer in Planning, Degree Programme Director in Urban Planning & MPlan

Telephone: 0191 208 5413