Amy Burnett

PHD Student

Amy Burnett

Amy Burnett

Academic Area(s): Real Estate & Planning
Supervisor(s): Dr Richard Nunes, Professor Gavin Parker
Research Topic(s): New visions for local, low-carbon futures? An analysis of the dynamics of community engagement in Neighbourhood Planning

Areas of academic interest

Environmental Citizenship; Neighbourhood Planning; Network Governance; Transition Towns


Amy’s research focuses on the role of civil society groups in promoting sustainable development in the context of planning and broader policy influence. Her current research explores notions of sustainability transitions and the role networks perform in fostering innovation in the context of Neighbourhood Planning.

Amy has experience in promoting sustainable communities in the UK and through her international development background in Africa and Brazil.


September 2008 – May 2011: MSc Environmental Management, School of Environment and Life Sciences, The University of Ulster (part-time, distance course).

October 2005 – September 2006: MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management, The International Development Department, University of Birmingham.

October 2002 – June 2005: BA Political Science, Department of International Relations and Political Science, University of Birmingham.

Research Grants

Awarded a Real Estate & Planning PhD Studentship 2012-2015


Merritt*, A and Stubbs, T (2012) ‘Complementing the Local and the Global: promoting sustainability action through linked local-­-level formal sustainability funding mechanisms’. Public Administration and Development. Volume 32, Issue 3, pp. 278-­-291. Rio+20 special edition: August 2012. ?

Merritt, A and Stubbs, T (2012) ‘Incentives to Promote Green Citizenship in UK Transition Towns.’ Development, Issue 55, pp. 96-­-103. Rio+20 special edition: March 2012.

* née Merritt


Amy has made a number of presentations on participatory sustainable development including:

Agency and influence in low-carbon Neighbourhood Plans: an insight from environmental groups. RGS Annual Conference 2014. August 2014

Planet Under Pressure Conference, London – poster presentation on incentivising citizen participation in local environmental decision-making. March 2012

Lead Author and speaker for UNRISD conference The Green Economy: bringing back the social dimension. Paper entitled “Incentives for Promoting Green Citizenship and Consumerism in the Transition to a Green Economy”. October 2011. The research influenced UNRIDS’s Rio+20 output.

IPC-UNDP, Brasilia: Applying Brazil’s Participatory Policy Innovations to Improve Community Participation In REDD+ at Municipal Levels. February 2011