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Francis King LLB, PGCAP, PhD, read law at UEA and completed her PhD in the School of the Built Environment, at the University of Salford.

Francis has previously taught on built environment and construction undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and regularly contributes to the academic debate in both legal and built environment disciplines. Her research is interdisciplinary, incorporating aspects of tort, land law, environmental law, and social policy, but it primarily focuses on the power dynamics evidenced in property-based disputes. Francis is the Property Editor for the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment.

Her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘A Foucauldian Exploration of the Statutory Authority Defence to an Action in Private Nuisance’, uses the work of Michel Foucault as a framework for contextualising these dynamics in relation to the state-endorsed infringement on private property rights for infrastructure development.

Francis is a fellow of the HEA and has a keen interest in legal pedagogy. She is Editor of the Policy and Education Developments section of The Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education. She has conducted research into the use of visual aids in legal education, with a particular focus on the practical aspects of teaching ‘visual’ land law and has recently developed a virtual problem-based learning project.


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.