About Us

The UGRG is committed to the support and promotion of urban geography as an intellectual field and sub-discipline. We are committed to developing constructive dialogue between different analytical, theoretical and methodological traditions of urban geography and urban studies, and to increasing the profile of female and early career urban geographers.

Committee Members (2020-2021)

Position NameContact Details
ChairJennie MiddletonSenior Research Fellow,
University of Oxford.
Jennie.middleton@ouce.ox.ac.uk
Research interests: Urban walking, Everyday mobilities, Care in the city, Qualitative methods for urban research.
SecretaryEllen van Holstein
TreasurerDaniel KeechSenior Research Fellow, CCRI, University of Gloucestershire.
Email: dkeech@glos.ac.uk
Research interests: Urban food systems, Urban-rural relationships and European food cultures.
Membership SecretaryNiranjana Ramesh Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, LSE Department of Geography & Environment.
Email: n.ramesh@lse.ac.uk. Research interests: Coastal cities, Urban sea, Fishing, Infrastructures, Urban water, Urban nature.
Events and Conferences OfficerKatie HigginsPostdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
University of Sheffield
Urban Studies Foundation.
Email:
katie.higgins@sheffield.ac.uk
Research interests: Elites, Urban inequality.
Dissertation Prize CoordinatorFrances Brill The Margaret Tyler Research Fellow in Geography, and College Lecturer, Girton College, University of Cambridge.
Email:fnb22@cam.ac.uk
Research interests: The interaction of the climate and housing crises, in Johannesburg and London.
Postgraduate RepresentativeSawyer Phinney PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester.
Email: sawyer.phinney@manchester.ac.uk
Research interests: Political economy. The financialization of water in Black-majority U.S cities.
Website and Social Media OfficerBasak TanulkuIndependent scholar, Istanbul Turkey.
PhD in Sociology, Lancaster University.
Email: tanulkub@gmail.com
Research interests: Urban sociology, Housing, Gated communities, Space&people, Urban vacancy, Alternative urban spaces.
Twitter Account OfficerFreke CasetGhent University (Social and Economic Geography Research Group), also visiting scholar at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research).
Email:freke.caset@ugent.be
Research interests: Transport geography, Urban geography and Urban and regional planning.
Ordinary MemberJin XingLecturer in Geospatial Analysis in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University.
Email: jin.xing@newcastle.ac.uk
Research Interests:
Smart Cities, Geographic Information Science, Machine Learning, Urban Change Detection, Big Data Analytics, Spatio-Temporal Modelling, and Volunteered Geographic Information.
Ordinary MemberAnke Schwarz Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Human
Geography at Technische Universität Dresden’s Institute of Geography.
Email: anke.schwarz@tu-dresden.de
Website: http://ankeschwarz.net/
Research interests: International
urbanization, Infrastructures, and Everyday practices.
Ordinary MemberCreighton ConnollySenior Lecturer in Development Studies & the Global South, University of Lincoln.
Email: cconnolly@lincoln.ac.uk
Research interests: Urban Political Ecology, Environmental Governance, Heritage, Landscape, Participatory Methods, Southeast Asia.
Ordinary MemberRachel McArdleLecturer in Human Geography, Maynooth University, Ireland.
Email: rachel.mcardle@mu.ie
Research interests: Cities, Environmental Governance, Culture, Temporary Uses, Creative Cities, Participatory Methods.
Ordinary MemberNabeela AhmedPost-doc Research Fellow,
Sheffield Institute of International Development (SIID), University of Sheffield.
Email: nabeela.ahmed@sheffield.ac.uk
Research interests:
Feminist geographer working on urban precarity and governance in post-colonial settings, particularly India.