Dr Deepak Gopinath

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  • Qualifications:BArch MPlan PhD MRTPI FRGS
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Geography
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 83125
  • Email:Deepak.Gopinath@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Urban Planning, and BA (Hons) Geography and Planning programmes.

A Chartered Town Planner with a background in Architecture and research strengths in Human Geography and Planning, I bring wide ranging experience, knowledge and expertise in managing change and growth in towns and cities.

A Social Scientist with primary interest in Resilience Theory and Practice. From a methodological perspective, I have core expertise in participatory resilience assessment. I have already developed along with Prof. Murali Nair, a D-SPACE model as a toolkit for embedding resilience within a community that was developed bottom-up.  This can be accessed at

Gopinath, D. and Nair, M. (2015) ‘Poverty’ and ‘place’ through the eyes of the poor: Outlining key strands of a conceptual framework, D-SPACE. Social Development Issues, 37 (3). pp. 1-21. ISSN 0147-1473 https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/icsd/sdi/2015/00000037/00000003/art00002

In addition, I also have experience of carrying out in-depth qualitative interviews, participatory mapping, focus groups, use of dairies as a research method, and conducting questionnaire surveys.

Esteem indicators:

  1. Peer reviewer for grant applications funded by the ESRC, UKIERI

  2. Peer reviewer for journals including Urban Studies; Population, Space and Place; Planning Practice and Research; Habitat International; International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy; International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

  3. Reviewer for book proposal for Earthscan, Sage, Routledge.

  4. External Examiner for PhD thesis, Newcastle University (2)

  5. Fellow, Royal Geographical Society

  6. Member, Participatory Geographies Research Group, RGS-IBG

  7. Chartered Member, Royal Town Planning Institute

  8. Committee Member, International Committee, Royal Town Planning Institute 2014- 2016 ​​

Recently completed public outreach and professional engagement activities

1. The City is a thinking machine (2015) - to evaluate the relevance of Geddes’ thought for today by curating an exhibition

https://www.dundee.ac.uk/geddesinstitute/projects/citythink/

2. Youth Camp (2015) (outreach work using Minecraft and involving secondary schools students) https://sketchfab.com/dgopinath/collections/youth-camp-2015

3. Dundee Civic Design Award (2014-2017)

(coordinated along with Dundee City Council, urban design competition for level 3 MA Town and Regional Planning students)

https://www.youtube.com/user/TraceyDixonUoD/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=2

https://www.dundee.ac.uk/news/2014/waterfront-plan-wins-stephen-2014-dundee-civic-award.php

 

Area of expertise

Area of research expertise: Resilience theory and practice

Strand 1: Resilience theory

Research question 1a: How might we characterise resilient behaviour in cities especially for settlements in fragile eco-systems?

Research question 1b: What values need to be privileged if city leaders need to nudge others onto resilient pathways?

Key outputs from this strand:

Gopinath, D. (2014) Re-thinking destitution in the UK: Typologies, spaces and transitions. International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2 (4). pp. 341-347. ISSN 2050-1048. https://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/IJHRCS.2014.067881

Gopinath, D. and Nair, M. (2014) Placing Poverty in Context: A Case Study. Poverty & Public Policy, 6 (2). pp. 135-156. ISSN 1944-2858. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/pop4.70

Gopinath, D. and Nair, M. (2015) Learning to be resilient by moving between ‘poor by chance’ to ‘not-so-poor by intent’ identities: Lessons from conversations with labor migrants in Southern India. Social Development Issues, 37 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 0147- 1473. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/icsd/sdi/2015/00000037/00000001/art00002

Gopinath, D. (2015) Characterizing Indian students pursuing global higher education: A conceptual framework of pathways to internationalization. Journal of Studies in International Education, 19 (3). pp. 283-305. ISSN 10283153. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1028315314563783

Gopinath, D. (2015) Recasting resilience beyond 'failure management': Lessons for planning our cities. International Journal of Society Systems Science, 7 (2). p. 127. ISSN 1756-2511. http://www.inderscience.com/offer.php?id=69738

Strand 2: Resilience Practice

Research question 2a: How do we engage with and empower the hard-to-reach groups in society?

Participatory resilience assessment is the core method adopted in this strand and I interrogate these is in the charting out of pathways to aspirational spaces/lifestyles (e.g. community visioning/neighbourhood planning,  pro-poor participatory mapping).

Key outputs from this strand are:

Gopinath, D. and Nair, M. (2014) Placing Poverty in Context: A Case Study. Poverty & Public Policy, 6 (2). pp. 135-156. ISSN 1944-2858. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/pop4.70

Gopinath, D. and Nair, M. (2015) ‘Poverty’ and ‘place’ through the eyes of the poor: Outlining key strands of a conceptual framework, D-SPACE. Social Development Issues, 37 (3). pp. 1-21. ISSN 0147-1473 https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/icsd/sdi/2015/00000037/00000003/art00002

Academic profile at ORCID:

 orcid.org/0000-0001-5962-6153

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