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Dr James Hickie

University of Sheffield

James is a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, working on innovation in city centre retail, as well as the negotiation processes involved in the property sector between property owners, retailers, and local government.  He studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, followed by a PhD at Loughborough University and has wide experience as a media commentator on innovation and entrepreneurship, including for the Sunday Times and Financial Times.

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Dr Cath Jackson

University of Sheffield

Cath is a senior lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield. Her research explores investment decision-making at stock and local market levels, with particular interest in retailing markets and how stakeholders and the policy environment impact on town centre promotion and management.

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Dr Allison Orr

University of Glasgow

Allison is a Senior Lecturer in Real Estate. She has extensive experience modelling the pricing of commercial and residential property markets, and researching the inter-linkages between urban change, urban development and adaptation in the investment and occupation sectors of the property market.

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Dr Joanna Stewart

University of Glasgow

Joanna is a Research Associate within Urban Studies. A former researcher for the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland and the Urban Big Data Centre, she has experience handling large data sets and developing methods to investigate urban spatial patterns. Previous work includes the mapping and spatial analysis of deprivation over time, and investigating the suburbanisation of poverty.

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Dr James White

University of Glasgow

James is Lecturer in Urban Design in Urban Studies. He is a Chartered Town Planner and a Member of the Urban Design Group.   His research focuses is on spatial planning tools and mechanisms, and how flexibility and innovation in design can be embraced to enhance the design quality of real estate development and build resilience into urban placemaking.

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