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Dr Emma Street

Associate Professor in Planning and Urban Governance

Research Committee - Outreach
Member: Henley Business School Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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  • Urban policy, planning and governance, 
  • Built environment, 
  • Urban design and architecture


EM 166, Whiteknights Campus

Emma’s research activities cut across the disciplines of urban planning, urban design and architecture. She is interested in the values, assumptions, decisions and processes that shape the way that urban environments look, function and are governed.

Emma is particularly interested in exploring this via what might be seen as the mundane, instrumental or procedural, such as building codes and regulations, urban policies or elements of the planning system. For example, her work as part of the EPSRC-funded cycleBOOM project explored how policies have shaped the landscape of cycling in the UK. Emma is currently working on projects relating to reform of the English planning system and the changing planning profession. She is also working with industry and governmental partners on research into New Town regeneration, and projects relating to gender balance in the property industry. Emma is currently leading Teaching and Learning research projects relating to graduate skills in Real Estate and Planning undergraduate programmes and a second that looks at fostering inclusivity in student group working practices.


  • 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
  • Fellow: Higher Education Academy

Most recent news & media

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.