Dr Katie McClymont

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  • Qualifications:PhD (Sheffield) MA, BA (Cambridge)
  • Position:Associate Professor in Urban Planning
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 81936
  • Email:Katie.Mcclymont@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am the programme leader for the MSc in Urban Planning: a dynamic and lively RTPI accredited planning program. I teach on the MSc programme as well as on the undergraduate programmes within the department.  My teaching focuses on planning theory, community involvement and conservation.

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, Community-Led housing and Low-Impact development and whether policy can deal with spiritual values and a postsecular context. I am committed to engaged scholarship in my research and teaching: aiming to work with local community groups and organisations so that my work, and that of my students is socially beneficial as well as intellectually significant and rigorous.

I am an editor for the Interface section of Planning Theory and Practice Journal.

I am a member of the Town and Country Planning association and the Women in Planning (SW) network.

Current funded research projects include:

  • Cemeteries and Crematoria as public spaces of belonging in Europe: a study of migrant and minority cultural inclusion, exclusion and integration. See https://cemi-hera.org/ for details
  • Community-led housing and health: a comprehensive literature review.  Power to Change tender.

    Previous funded projects:

    'Deathscapes and Diversity in multicultural England and Wales. Making space for minorities' and migrants' bodily remains, ritual and remembrance. See http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/deathscapes-and-diversity/the-project/

    British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award entitled 'Spaces for secular faith: Planning practice, shared assets and intangible values in diverse and changing communities'.   


I am interested in supervising PhDs on the following topics:

  • Community participation and planning
  • Community-Led housing
  • Low-Impact/ 'off-grid' development
  • Diversity/migration/multiculturalism and planning
  • Planning and religion
  • Planning for 'deathscapes'
  • New ways of theorising planning- with a focus on regulation/decision-making

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a potential project.

Area of expertise

Planning theory, regulation, engaged scholarship, values and professional practice, postsecular cities, community assets, cemeteries


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