Catherine Hammant

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.

Thesis Synopsis

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.

Contact Details and Further Information

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