Our People

Our People

Professor Jon Bannister, Managing Editor

Jon Bannister profile pictureJon Bannister FAcSS is Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he directs the Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre, and a Professorial Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He is Managing Editor of Urban Studies journal and is currently Editor-in-Chief. His research interests are in urban criminology, policing, evidence-based policy, advanced quantitative methods and knowledge mobilisation (inclusive of co-production). Specifically, Jon’s research examines the interplay of urban processes and behaviours (urban transformations) upon crime and disorder. He recently participated in the Economic and Social Research Council funded Applied Quantitative Methods Network research programme and currently leads a programme of research interrogating the drivers of the spatio-temporal patterning of crime across diverse metropolitan areas. He has published widely across international social science journals and his most recent work ‘Crime and the city: Urban encounters, civility and tolerance’ (with John Flint) is forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Criminology.

Professor Andrew Cumbers, Editor in Chief

Andrew Cumbers profile pictureAndrew Cumbers is Professor of Regional Political Economy at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. He is Managing Editor of Urban Studies journal. His recent work on economic democracy and public ownership in the energy sector was recognised by UNRISD, with whom he is a collaborating researcher. He has also written and collaborated with a number of government organisations and civil society think tanks and organisations including UNRISD, OECD, CLASS, the Jimmy Reid Foundation, IPPR and the New Economics Foundation. He has published widely in international journals and has written various books, most recently Reclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space for Economic Democracy (2012 Zed), which won the 2015 Myrdal Prize for Political Economy.

Professor Yingling Fan, Managing Editor

Yingling Fan profile pictureYingling Fan is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Minnesota where she teaches land use and transportation planning and directs the Global Transit Innovations program. Her research focuses on novel land use and transportation solutions to improve human health and social equity. She is an Editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use, an editorial board member of the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation and Transportation Letters, and an elected board member at the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research. Fan has a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China.  She joined Urban Studies journal as an Editor in 2018 and became a Managing Editor in 2020.

Professor Tony O'SullivanManaging Editor 

Tony O'Sullivan profile pictureTony O'Sullivan is a housing economist. Following his doctoral studies at the University of Sussex, he began his professional career as a lecturer at the University of Glasgow in 1983. Beginning in 1989, he spent 13 years at the Scottish national housing agency in a number of roles, including Chief Economist and Head of Research & Planning. Between 2003-2013, he ran his own research consultancy company. Over the course of his career, Tony has maintained strong academic links with the University of Glasgow where, since 2010, he has been Honorary Professor of Urban Studies in the Department of Urban Studies. He became a Managing Editor of Urban Studies journal in 2013.

Professor Alison Bain, Editor

Alison Bain profile pictureAlison Bain is an Associate Professor of Geography at York University in Toronto. Alison completed all of her degrees in Geography, receiving her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002. An urban social geographer who studies contemporary urban and suburban culture, her work examines the complex relationships of cultural workers and LGBTQ populations to cities and suburbs with particular attention to questions of identity formation, artistic practice, spatial politics, and urban change. Alison became an Editor for Urban Studies journal in 2017.

Professor Shenjing He, Editor

Shenjing He profile pictureShenjing He is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at The University of Hong Kong. Her primary research interests focus on urban redevelopment/ gentrification, housing differentiation and socio-spatial inequality, rural-urban migration and urban poverty. Shenjing has published more than eighty journal articles and book chapters in English and Chinese. She is the co-author/co-editor of Urban Poverty in China (2010), Locating Right to the City in the Global South (2013), Urban living: Mobility, Sociability, and Wellbeing (2016), and Changing China: Migration, Communities and Governance in Cities (2016). Shenjing was listed by Elsevier as one of the most cited researchers in mainland China (social sciences), for three consecutive years (2015-2017). She sits on the editorial advisory board of Journal of Urban Affairs, Geography Compass, International Planning Studies, and Area Development and Policy. Shenjing became an Editor of Urban Studies in 2012.

Professor Phil Hubbard, Editor

Phil Hubbard profile picturePhil Hubbard is Professor of Urban Studies in the Department of Geography, King’s College London. His research spans urban sociology, geography and socio-legal studies, and has included studies of urban social change, displacement and exclusion as it impacts on different groups as defined by their ‘Other’ sexuality, ethnicity, class and gender. He is the author of books including ‘Key Concepts in Geography - The City’ (second edition, Routledge, 2017), 'Cities and Sexualities' (Routldge, 2011) and ’The Battle for the High Street’ (Palgrave, 2016). He joined the Urban Studies journal as an editor in 2019.


Doctor Lazaros Karaliotas, Book Review Editor 

Lazaros Karaliotas profile pictureLazaros Karaliotas is a lecturer in Urban Geography at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow. Lazaros was awarded his PhD in Human Geography from the University of Manchester in 2014. His work is situated at the intersection of debates around the urban and the political. More specifically, he draws from urban political economy, discourse theory and the political writings of Jacques Rancière to explore the dominant ordering of urban spaces as well as its contestation by urban uprisings and movements. Lazaros became Book Review Editor for Urban Studies journal in 2018 and Debates Editor in 2020.

Professor Chris Leishman, Editor

Chris Leishman profile pictureChris Leishman has recently moved as Professor of Housing Economics at Heriot-Watt University to the University of Adelaide in Australia, and previously held a Professorial appointment at the University of Glasgow. He has led major studies of housing supply and affordability for the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, and has carried out studies of housing supply, developer behaviour and housing market dynamics for the UK Government (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister / Department of Communities and Local Government, and the former National Housing and Planning Advice Unit). Chris joined Urban Studies journal as an Editor in 2016.

Professor Markus Moos, Editor

Markus Moos profile pictureMarkus Moos is Associate Professor in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He is also a registered professional planner and has worked with local governments on housing, local economic development, and transit affordability projects. Moos’ research is on the changing economies, social structures, demography, housing markets and sustainability of cities and suburbs. He was the recipient of an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario for his research on young adults’ changing housing and location patterns and the youthification of inner cities. He joined the Urban Studies journal as an editor in 2019.

Professor Scott Orford, Editor

Scott Orford profile pictureScott Orford is a Professor in GIS and Spatial Analysis in the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, and is the Data Director of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) and he also directs the data programme of work in the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). His research interests are in mapping, spatial analysis and statistical modelling, and the role of neighbourhood and accessibility in understanding and explaining socio-economic processes, particularly in the field of housing and housing markets. He also has interests in how new forms of data and link-data can be used to address urban issues, with an emphasis on geographical analysis and the built environment. He joined the Urban Studies journal as an editor in 2019.


Administrative Staff

The journal has a team of four administrators, Ruth Harkin, Julia Macbeth, Marion Baltzer and Molly Farrellwho work closely together to ensure the smooth running of the editorial office. 

Ruth Harkin profile pictureRuth is the Editorial Assistant and has been with the journal since 2009, previously carrying out a similar role for the British Accounting Review. Ruth first studied Chemistry at Glasgow University and then, after gaining a Diploma for Graduate Secretaries, worked in a number of private and public sector administrative positions before taking an extended break to raise her family. Ruth manages the editorial office, oversees our Special Issues and handles the journal's finances.


Julia Macbeth profile pictureJulia is the Editorial Administrator and has been with the journal since 2017. Julia completed a MA in Chinese and Japanese at the University of Edinburgh and spent two years studying and working in China and Japan. She has worked in a variety of administrative roles in Glasgow and Dundee and once worked in a circus school in Rio de Janeiro. Julia liaises with authors, reviewers and editors to process submissions to USJ, manages content on Urban Studies Online, is jointly responsible for @USJ_online Twitter account, assists with conference activities, and deals with enquiries.


Marion Baltzer profile pictureMarion is the Editorial Administrator and started working with Urban Studies Journal in 2014. Marion completed a MA in Applied Social Science at the University of Glasgow and went on to work for three years in an independent research consultancy before taking a position as Research Assistant in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, where she also held an honorary NHS contract. Marion processes new submissions to the Journal, helps potential authors with their enquiries and assists with the Pre-Production process of the Journal, preparing manuscript submissions for the Publisher.


Molly Farrell profile pictureMolly is the Journal Administrator. Molly studied English Literature at Glasgow University, and completed a MA in English Literature and Issues in Modern Culture at University College London. She worked as an Editorial Assistant/Assistant Editor in the Books team at SAGE Publishing for two years, and has been a Freelance Copywriter for four years. Molly assists with admin duties and organises the Pre-Production process of the Journal, preparing manuscript submissions for the Publisher. 


International Corresponding Editors

Hillary Angelo, University of California Santa Cruz, United States

Evelyn Blumenberg, University of California, Los Angeles, United States

Geoff Boeing, University of Southern California, United States

Karen Coelho, Madras Institute of Development Studies, India

Jonathan Davies, De Montfort University, UK

Brendan Gleeson, University of Melbourne, Australia

Canfei He, Peking University, China

Mo Hume, University of Glasgow, UK

Lily Kong, Singapore Management University, Singapore

Taibat Lawanson, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Zhigang Li, Wuhan University, China

Evert Meijers, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Catalina Ortiz, University College London, UK

Ashima Sood, Indian School of Business, India

Yong Tu, National University of Singapore

Heather Whiteside, University of Waterloo, Canada

Rebecca Wickes, Monash University, Australia

Gavin Wood, RMIT University, Australia

Lei Zhang, Old Dominion University, United States


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