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Our People

Professor Ronan Paddison, Editor-in-Chief

Ronan Paddison is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Glasgow. Much of his academic life has been spent in Glasgow, though initially he held appointments at the University of Dublin and Glasgow School of Art. He has held visiting positions at a variety of universities in Australia, Asia and Africa. His research interests are in political and urban geography in which he has published widely. More specifically, his interests have focused on the political processes linked to urban change and, in particular, under what conditions local participation can contribute to the making of more inclusive and democratic cities. Recent work has developed this focus in several directions – in the contribution community participation makes to the installation of public art, in the limitations to public participation in the post-political city and in the broader questions raised by ethnic diversity, intercultural relations and public space. Ronan joined Urban Studies in 1987 and was a co-founder of Urban Studies Foundation.  

Professor Jon Bannister, Managing Editor

Jon 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 the journal Urban Studies 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, Managing Editor

Andrew Cumbers is Professor of Regional Political Economy at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. He is Managing Editor of the journal Urban Studies. 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 Tony O'Sullivan, Managing Editor

Tony 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 the journal in 2013

Professor Alison Bain, American Editor

Alison 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 a North American Managing Editor for the journal in 2017.

Professor Shenjing He, Chinese Editor

Shenjing 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 the Chinese editor of Urban Studies in 2012.

Professor Chris Leishman, Editor

Chris 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). He joined the Urban Studies Journal as an Editor in 2016.

Professor Danny McKinnon, Editor

Danny McKinnon is an economic and political geographer whose research is centrally concerned with the institutions and politics of local and regional development. His recent work has contributed to debates in Evolutionary Economic Geography and to questions of urban and regional adaptation and change in particular. Recent work has focused on the economic adaptation of old industrial regions in the UK and Europe, and he has also been involved in an ESRC/DfID-funded project on mining and urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa. This work is providing a new international focus for his concern with regional adaptation to economic change, informed also by an engagement with resource-based development in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. His future research agenda involves linking urban and regional development to issues of social and spatial justice in an increasingly unequal world.  Danny has been an Editor with Urban Studies since 2009.

Professor Jenny Schuetz, American Editor

Jenny Schuetz is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings InstitutionUntil recently, she was  a Senior Economist in the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  She has written numerous journal articles related to housing policy, land use regulation, urban retail patterns, and neighborhood change.  Jenny received a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, a Master’s in City Planning from M.I.T., and a B.A. with Highest Distinction in Economics and Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia.  Jenny previously taught at the University of Southern California and at City College of New York, and was a post-doctoral fellow at New York University. 

Professor Andrejs Skaburskis, American Editor

Andrejs Skaburskis was a professor at the School of City and Regional Planning at Queen's University where he taught courses in land economics, housing policy and statistics. He started his professional career as an architect (B. Arch McGill) working on large-scale projects in Montreal before doing graduate work at UC Berkeley. After finishing the Urban Design program leading to MArch and MCP degrees before entering the PhD program in Urban and Regional Planning. While preparing for the qualifying exams in location theory and in planning theory he completed the three sets of courses required of students doing a PhD in economics: theory, public finance and econometrics. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1976 with the American Institute of Planners award for "Outstanding Academic Ability". Andrejs ran a consulting firm in Vancouver BC before returning to the academy, Queen's University, in 1984. His research deals mostly with housing issues and his interests lie in the study of change in urban and regional spatial structure.

Professor Mark Stephens, Editor

Mark Stephens is Director of The Urban Institute and Professor of Public Policy at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has published widely on housing systems across the world, and has conducted consultancies for UN-ECE, UN-Habitat and the Council of Europe Development Bank. He led the European Commission's research project on Housing and Exclusion and was Lead Panel Member of the UK Government's Expert Panel on Housing and Surveys Analysis. He is founding Editor of the European (now International) Journal of Housing Policy, and has been an Editor of Urban Studies since 2009.

Professor Vanessa Watson, Global South Editor

Vanessa Watson is professor of city planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town (South Africa). She holds degrees, including a PhD, from South African universities and the Architectural Association of London. She is a Fellow of the University of Cape Town and is a founder and on the executive of the African Centre for Cities. Her research interests are in global South perspectives on planning and urban development, including informality, urban economic development and urban food security. She was appointed Global South Editor for Urban Studies in 2015.

Administrative Staff

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

Marion is the Editorial Coordinator and started working with Urban Studies Journal in 2014. Marion completed an 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, is jointly responsible for Twitter and Hootsuite accounts, uploads blogs, assists with conference activities such as AAG, and assists with admin duties and helping potential authors with their enquiries. Marion is currently on maternity leave until September 2018.


Ruth 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 finance for both the Journal and Urban Studies Foundation.


Julia is the Editorial Administrator standing in for Marion until September 2018. 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 processes new submissions to the Journal, uploads blogs to USJ website, is jointly responsible for @USJ_online Twitter account, assists with conference activities such as AAG, and helps potential authors with their enquiries.


Lindsey is a part time Journal administrator and is the longest serving member of the team, having been with us since 2008.  Lindsey studied Psychology before going on to do a Diploma in Information Technology, which (somehow?) led her into the world of academic Journals. She has worked on various (quite diverse) Journals since graduating: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism, Acta Neurochirurgica, and Housing Studies. Lindsey is predominantly responsible for assigning papers to reviewers, dealing with accepted papers pre-production and content managing the USJ online website.

International Corresponding Editors

Manuel Aalbers, University of Leuven, Belgium

Mona Abaza, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Marguerite van den Berg, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Judit Bodnar, Central European University, Hungary

Robert Cervero, Berkeley, University of California, USA

Jonathan Davies, De Montfort University, UK

Kate Derickson, University of Minnesota, USA

Brendan Gleeson, University of Melbourne, Australia

Phil Hubbard, King's College London, UK

Lia Karsten, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lily Kong, Singapore Management University, Singapore

Zhigang Li, Wuhan University, China

Eugene McCann, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Geoff Meen, University of Reading, UK

Markus Moos, University of Waterloo, Canada

Lorena Munoz, University of Minnesota, USA

Mee Kam Ng, The  Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Sue Parnell, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Yong Tu, National University of Singapore

Gavin Wood, RMIT University, Australia








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