Dr Emma Griffin

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About me

I am a Research Associate in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments and a member of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments. My expertise and research interests are broadly focused on tackling housing inequalities and promoting health and wellbeing through citizen-led/citizen-engaged approaches. I have spent a number of years conducting research within the community-led housing sector, including with community land trusts, self-builders, and off grid communities. Recently my work has focused more specifically on groups experiencing disadvantage and/or marginalisation. I have worked in women's sector services and am particularly interested in gender-responsive housing and homelessness strategies.


Much of my own research is participatory or collaborative in nature and I am interested in methodological approaches that provide space to learn from lived experience. I continue to develop my skills in researching collaboratively with non-academic partners and remain engaged with questions around how we conduct, make sense of, and share research knowledge. Additionally, I have co-authored evidence reviews on the relationships between community housing and health and wellbeing and I currently work as part of team conducting an evaluation of local service provisions for people with multiple and complex needs.


I also currently teach on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including:


Sustainability in the Built Environment (PG)

Planning Theory (PG)

People and Planning (UG)

Design in Context (UG)


I am a member of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA)

Area of expertise

  • Health, wellbeing and the built environment
  • Community control of assets
  • Women and housing
  • Participatory planning
  • Participatory and collaborative research


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