Dr Emma Street

Lecturer in Real Estate and Planning

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Dr Emma Street

Director of Undergraduate Programmes
Research Committee - Outreach
Real Estate & Planning
HBS 214, Whiteknights Campus
+44 (0)118 378 7346
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Emma Street's research interests cut across the following themes: (i) urban governance, business and politics; (ii) sustainable community building, urban policy and planning; and (iii) architecture, urban design and the built environment. Her work on the first theme is focused on the ways in which urban regeneration strategy is authored, implemented and managed, with a particular focus on the interplay between local government, communities and the private sector in localised decision-making and delivery. A second, and closely related, area of her research critically considers current and past urban policy and planning initiatives, including the sustainable communities and localism agendas. Finally, Emma has an interest in the urban design process, and in particular the ways in which the built environment can be conceived of as co-produced by the regulations, rules and codes that seek to order social life.


  • PhD, King's College London. Thesis: '(Re)shaping the South Bank: The (post) politics of sustainable place-making' (ESRC/CASE, 2007-2011)
  • MSc Public Policy, University of Bristol
  • BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Southampton
  • Secretary, Planning and Environment Research Group (RGS-IBG Research Group)
  • Member, Royal Geographical Society with IBG
  • Associate, Walker Institute


Urban policy, planning and governance; Built environment; Urban design and architecture.

Selected Research Grants

Co-investigator, EPSRC (Design for Wellbeing: Ageing and Mobility in the Built Environment), ‘Cycle Boom’ (EP/K037242/1), October 2013-October 2016, £1.2 million.


View a full list of Dr Emma Street's Publications

Key Publications

Street, E. (in press), ‘Sustainable governance and planning in austerity London’, in Imrie,R. and Lees, L. (Eds.) Sustainable London? The future of a global city (Policy Press: Bristol).

Parker, G. and Street, E. (in press), ‘Planning at the neighbourhood scale: localism, dialogic politics and the modulation of community action’, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.

Imrie, R. and Street, E. (2011), Architectural Design and Regulation, Blackwell-Wiley, Oxford.

Imrie, R. and Street, E. (2009), 'Risk, regulation and the practices of architects', Urban Studies 46 (12), p.2555-2576.