Dr Emma Street

Associate Professor in Planning and Urban Governance

Dr Emma Street

Dr Emma Street

Programme Area Director for 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

Parker, G. and Street, E. (2017) Neo-advocacy for Neo-liberal Times: Planning Aid and the Advocacy Project in England. Town Planning Review, 88 (4). pp. 443-463. ISSN 1478-341X (In Press)

Remoy, H. and Street, E. (2016) The dynamics of “post-crisis” spatial planning: a comparative study of office conversion policies in England and The Netherlands. Land Use Policy. ISSN 0264-8377 doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.12.005

McAllister, P.Street, E. and Wyatt, P. (2016) Governing calculative practices: An investigation of development viability modelling in the English planning system. Urban Studies, 53 (11). pp. 2363-2379. ISSN 1360-063X doi: 10.1177/0042098015589722

Raco, M., Street, E. and Freire-Trigo, S. (2016) The new localism, anti-political development machines, and the role of planning consultants: lessons from London's South Bank. Territory, Politics, Governance, 4 (2). pp. 216-240. ISSN 2162-268X doi: 10.1080/21622671.2015.1036912

Imrie, R. and Street, E. (2014) Autonomy and the socialisation of architects. The Journal of Architecture, 19 (5). pp. 723-739. ISSN 1466-4410 doi: 10.1080/13602365.2014.967271

Street, E. (2014), ‘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), p.67-89.

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