Research Title: Linking the strategic and the local in public realm implementation: the interaction of policy and process in the realisation of good street design in market towns.
Research Areas: public realm, streets, market towns
Director of Studies: Professor Marion Roberts
Second Supervisor: Dr Suzy Nelson
Starting Date and Mode of Study: 2010 Part-Time
Catherine is in her first year as a part-time M Phil/ PhD student in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. After completing a BSc in Geography at Durham University she received an MPhil in Land Management from the University of Reading. Subsequently she qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and worked as a commercial valuer in central London. Following a move to Lincolnshire Catherine widened her interests to community regeneration in market towns. She is currently Chairman of Action for Market Towns, a membership organisation promoting the vitality and viability of small towns. She has an interest in town benchmarking and town typologies. Whist working with town partnerships she developed an interest in the urban realm, particularly through project managing the award winning Stamford Gateway scheme. She recently passed the Postgraduate Certificate in Street Design and Management from the University of Westminster with distinction.
Catherine’s research interest centres on quality public realm and its effective implementation in smaller rural settlements.
Recent Publications, Exhibitions, Presentations
Author 2008 Stamford Red Lion Square Sheepmarket A History Stamford Speigl Press
Teaching and Employment Interests
Catherine has 20 years experience working across the private, public and voluntary sectors most recently in her consultancy Vital Towns Consulting which provides a bridge between the strategic and the operational in community led regeneration. She is interested in research and advocacy work and can be contacted at the above email address.