Emma Wragg

Associate Lecturer
Research Associate - OISD:SPG


Emma Wragg is an associate lecturer with research and teaching interests in urban land policy and housing issues in countries in the global South. She has a background in law and practised as a commercial lawyer in London and Cyprus for 10 years before taking a Masters in planning in developing countries at Oxford Brookes University in 2001.

Teaching interests

Emma leads on the MSc module Development & Urbanisation and the undergraduate module City, People and Diversity as well as teaching on MSc modules Urban Land Policy and Land Management and Globalisation: Environment and Development. In addition, she provides inputs to a number of research methods training courses both undergraduate and postgraduate.

Her principal areas of teaching are: globalisation; urban development; low income housing policies; sustainable livelihoods; diversity in cities including issues of poverty, gender and race and research methods.

Research interests and consultancy expertise

Emma completed her PhD at Oxford Brookes in 2010 on informal housing markets in Lusaka, Zambia. Her research interests relate to processes of informal land delivery and low income housing policies in cities of the global South. These include:

  • urban poverty and vulnerability in the context of economic reform;
  • informal land markets;
  • informal institutions in peri-urban housing delivery;
  • community based participatory processes in urban upgrading and;
  • the role of customary rules of inheritance in access to low income housing.