Dr Katie McClymont

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About me

I joined UWE as a senior lecturer in Planning in 2009 from the Department of Town and Regional Planning in University of Sheffield where I held both research and teaching roles. 

I am the programme leader for the MSc in Urban Planning. I teach on the MSc programme as well as on the undergraduate programmes. 

I am also a Faculty Business Associate, having the lead for the department's Enterprise Studio: StudioPlace West.  This isa new venture which offers voluntary and paid student project work for community groups as well as other employers and organisations.  Our overall goal is the promotion of engaged scholarship in line with the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. Specifically, we offer a range of flexible ways to interact with our offer to suit groups’ requirements including internships, voluntary events and a way in to engaging with the ‘live’ parts of our taught courses.​

In research, I am interested in planning theory, and its relationship with practice, values and community involvement in planning. My current research interests focus on cemeteries in cities, and whether policy can deal with spiritual values and a postsecular context.

I am currently part of a large AHRC funded research project entitled 'Deathscapes and Diversity in multicultural England and Wales. Making space for minorities' and migrants' bodily remains, ritual and remembrance. (AH/N010205/1) with Yasminah Beebeejaun (UCL) and Avril Maddrell (PI, University of Reading).

I have been awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award entitled 'Spaces for secular faith: Planning practice, shared assets and intangible values in diverse and changing communities'.  This will encompass events which bring together international academic and policy speakers to take this agenda forward.


Area of expertise

Planning theory, public participation, values and professional practice, postsecular cities, community assets, cemeteries


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