Dr Emma Street

Associate Professor in Planning and Urban Governance

Dr Emma Street

Dr Emma Street

Research Committee - Outreach
Member: Henley Business School Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Real Estate & Planning
EM 166, Whiteknights Campus
+44 (0)118 378 7346
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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. She 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


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.

Current PhD students

Mark Dobson: (Post-Crisis) Neoliberal Business as Usual or Paradigm Shift? Planning Structures and Agency under Austerity Localism. First supervisor


View a full list of Dr Emma Street's Publications

Key Publications

Parker, G., Street, E. and Wargent, M. (2018) ‘The rise of the private sector in fragmentary planning in England’, Planning Theory & Practice, 19(5): 734-750. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2018.1532529

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.