Our People

Our People


Professor Jon Bannister, Editor in Chief 

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. 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 Michele Acuto, Managing Editor 

Michele Acuto profile pictureMichele Acuto is director of the Melbourne Centre for Cities at the University of Melbourne, where he is also Professor in Urban Politics and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. He is a recognised voice on the international politics of urban governance, with specific expertise on questions of global health and cities, waste management and the nigh-time economy. He is also currently a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a member of the City of Melbourne Night Time Economy Advisory Committee. Before joining Melbourne, Michele taught at University College London, University of Oxford and Australian National University. Outside academia, Michele worked for the Institute of the European Commission and the World Bank Group. He is the author of, amongst others The Urban Link (Routledge, 2013), Leading Cities (UCL Press, 2019), Managing Cities at Night (Bristol, 2021), and How to Build a Global City  (Cornell, 2022). Michele became Reviews Editor for Urban Studies journal in 2022 and a Managing Editor in 2024.


Professor Yingling Fan, Managing Editor 

Yingling Fan profile pictureYingling Fan is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her research examines human emotions in everyday urban environments. She strives to identify urban infrastructure solutions that can foster shared happiness in the city. She joined Urban Studies as an Editor in 2018 and became a Managing Editor in 2020.



Professor Tony O'Sullivan, Managing 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 at 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 and Critical Commentaries Editor in 2024.


Doctor Karen Coelho, Editor

Karen Coelho profile pictureKaren Coelho is a retired Associate Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS) based in Chennai, India. She is an anthropologist with a Ph.D from the University of Arizona at Tucson in 2004. She has researched the city of Chennai for nearly twenty years, focusing on ethnographic and critical examinations of urban infrastructure (including water and housing), informal settlements and resettlement schemes, and the eco-restoration of rivers, canals and tanks. She serves on the editorial advisory board of the Review of Urban Affairs of the Economic and Political Weekly of India, and is a co-editor of the book Participolis: Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India, (2013, Routledge India). She joined Urban Studies Journal as an International Corresponding Editor in 2019.


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.


Doctor Lazaros Karaliotas, 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 Reviews 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 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 and community organisations 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, young adults’ changing housing and location patterns, and the youthification of inner cities. He joined Urban Studies journal as an editor in 2019.


Professor Scott Orford, Editor

Scott Orford profile pictureScott Orford is 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 three administrators, Ruth Harkin, Marion Laughtland and Julia Macbeth and  who 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.


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.


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.


International Corresponding Editors

Hillary Angelo, University of California Santa Cruz, United States

Sarah Barns, RMIT University, Australia

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

Geoff Boeing, University of Southern California, United States

Himanshu Burte, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

Vanesa Castán Broto, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Liza Rose Cirolia, University Cape Town, South Africa

Patrick Cobbinah, University of Melbourne, Australia

Agustín Cocola-Gant, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Creighton Connolly, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Jason Corburn, UC Berkeley, United States

Sylvia Croese, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Jonathan Davies, De Montfort University, UK

Henrike Donner, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Flávia Feitosa, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil

Brendan Gleeson, University of Melbourne, Australia

Canfei He, Peking University, China

Phil Hubbard, King's College London, UK

Mo Hume, University of Glasgow, UK

Guillermo Jajamovich, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lalitha Kamath, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

Lily Kong, Singapore Management University, Singapore

Kerstin Krellenberg, University of Vienna, Austria

Taibat Lawanson, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Zhigang Li, Wuhan University, China

Anant Maringanti, Hyderabad Urban Lab Foundation, India

Evert Meijers, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Sergio Montero, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada

Catalina Ortiz, University College London, UK

Karin Pfeffer, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Deen Sharp, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Yong Tu, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Lan Wang, Tongji University, China

Stephanie Wakefield, Life University, United States

Heather Whiteside, University of Waterloo, Canada

Rebecca Wickes, Griffith University, Australia

Astrid Wood, Newcastle University, UK

Gavin Wood, RMIT University, Australia

Lei Zhang, Old Dominion University, United States


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