Dr Sue Brownill

Reader in Urban Policy and Governance
Postgraduate Research Tutor
Research Associate - OISD: SPG


Sue Brownill is a Reader in Urban Policy and Governance whose research and teaching interests focus on the interaction of communities with urban planning and regeneration. She is also the Postgraduate Research Tutor for the department with responsibilities for leading the PhD programme and co-ordinating and delivering doctoral research methods training. Sue combines her academic interests with involvement with community and housing groups. She has been a board member of Oxford Citizens Housing Association since 2003 and before moving to Oxford worked with community organisations in London's Docklands.

Research and teaching Interests

Public participation in planning and regeneration; neighbourhood regeneration; critical perspectives on urban policy; international waterfront regeneration with a focus on London Docklands and East London; urban governance in theory and practice; urban social theory; urban diversity and equalities and research philosophy and methodology.

Examples of recent research and consultancy projects

  • Reflections on Regeneration; British Academy funded project on the continuing regeneration of London Docklands and its national and international resonances. (2010-11)
  • Olympics Legacy Literature Review – funding by the Greater London Authority (2010)
  • Brazil-UK Network on Governance for Sustainable Urban Futures – funded by Centre for Cities, Oxford University (2010-2011)
  • Thames Gateway Evidence Review – funded by ODPM (2006)
  • Evaluation of National Planning Aid- funded by RTPI (2003-2006)
  • Member of Steering group and evaluator of Cowley Road Matters public consultation exercise – funded by East Oxford Action (2004)

Recent publications

Brownill S London Docklands; Reflections on Regeneration, Routledge. (For publication 2013).

Brownill S (2010) London Docklands Revisited; The Dynamics of Waterfront Regeneration’ In Desfor G , Stevens, Q, Schubert, D eds The Fixity and Flow of Waterfront Regeneration, Routledge, New York

Brownill S and Parker G (2010). Special Edition on Rethinking Participation. Planning Practice & Research (Vol 3 2010).

Brownill S and Carpenter J (2010) Literature review: Olympic Venues – Regeneration Legacy, report for Greater London Authority.

Brownill S and Carpenter J (2009) Governance and 'Integrated' Planning: The Case of Sustainable Communities in the Thames Gateway, England. Urban Studies 46 (2), pp.251-274. Impact; this has been quoted in a number of sources and I have been asked to review an ESRC application on planning in the Thames Gateway as a result.

Brownill S (2009) The Dynamics of Participation: Modes of Governance and Increasing Participation in Planning. Urban Policy and Research 27 (4) 375-376

Carpenter J and Brownill S (2008) Approaches to democratic involvement: Widening community engagement in the English planning system. Planning Theory and Practice 9 (2), pp.227-248. ( This article was 90% written by JC)

Brownill S and Carpenter J (2007) Increasing participation in planning; emergent experiences of the reformed planning system in England Planning Practice and Research Vol 22 No 4 pp619-634

Brownill S (2007) New Labour’s Evolving Regeneration Policy. Local Economy, 22(3) pp 261-278.

Brownill S and Carpenter J (2007) Participation and planning: dichotomies, rationalities and strategies for power. Town Planning Review, 78 (4), pp 401-428.

Butina Watson G, Brownill S, Carpenter J, Durning B and Reeve A (2006) Thames Gateway Evidence Review, London: ODPM

Brownill S (2004) Gender, Place and Renaissance Whitehead M ed New Horizons in Urban Policy Ashgate, Aldershot

Brownill S and Thomas H (2001) Urban Policy Deracialised? In Yiftachel, O., et al eds The Power of Planning; Spaces of Control and Transformation, Klewer, Dordrecht pp 198-204

Brownill S 2000 'Regen(d)eration: Gender and Urban Policy in the UK' in Darke J at al (eds) Women and the City London: Palgrove

Florio S and Brownill S (2000), 'Whatever Happened To Criticism? Interpreting the LDDC's Obituary' City Vol 4 No 1 pp53-64