Professor John Flint

Head of Department

Professor of Town and Regional Planning

Room number: D26a
Telephone (internal): 26902
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 6902
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 6902


I was awarded an MA in Politics from the University of Glasgow in 1994. Whilst continuing my studies at Glasgow, I lectured part-time in HM Prison, Saughton, Edinburgh before gaining an MPhil in Urban Policy in 1998.

I became a part-time Research Associate on the ESRC-funded Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, within the Centre for Law and Society, University of Edinburgh and also joined the Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow as a part-time Research Assistant. I continued in both roles until 2000 when I was appointed as a full-time Research Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and then Lecturer in Housing Studies in 2004.

I moved to Sheffield Hallam University in 2005, where I took up a post as Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.  I became a Principal Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam in 2006 and was appointed as Professor of Housing and Urban Governance in 2007.

In October 2011 I was appointed to the post of Professor of Town and Regional Planning in the Department.

I am Co-Executive Managing Editor of the Housing Studies journal and I am a Trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation. I was a member of the REF2014 sub-panel 16 and was formerly a member of the Housing Studies Association Executive Committee.


The common theme to all my research has been urban governance, citizenship and social justice. Major threads of this include crime and anti-social behaviour policy, specialist interventions within the most vulnerable households, housing in neighbourhoods policy and evaluation and social cohesion – particularly ethnic and religious identity, social class and culture.

Current and Recent Research Projects


My teaching combines social theory with up-to-date empirical research evidence and a policy focus. My primary teaching focus is on the history and development of urban places and housing policy and management.

I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including:

PhD Supervision

I’m primary supervisor to the following PhD students:

  • Gareth Young, Social disorder and the built environment
  • Emily Ball, Investigating the use of conditionality mechanisms in family-based interventions (more information is available here)
  • John Erskine, The informal economy in Yorkshire coalfield communities

Journal Articles

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