Professor Beth Perry
BA Hons, MA
Faculty of Social Sciences
Professorial Research Fellow
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Faculty of Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)
Beth Perry joined the Urban Institute in September 2016, following her appointment as a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Following degrees in European Studies and Modern Languages (BA Hons, University of Manchester) and European Integration (MA, University of Bradford), she joined the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) at the University of Salford and became its director prior to moving to Sheffield.
During this time she completed her PhD which focussed on the relationship between universities and the knowledge economy in the context of multi-level and multi-actor governance.
Since 2010 she has been the UK Programme Lead for the Mistra Urban Futures Centre, with headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden and sits on the International Board.
- Research interests
Beth’s research focuses on critically interrogating and developing pathways to more just sustainable urban futures. She focusses on urban governance, transformation and the roles of universities, with an emphasis on socio-environmental and socio-cultural transitions.
She has written widely on these issues and is currently working with Professor Tim May at the Sheffield Methods Institute on two co-authored monographs on reflexive social scientific knowledge production and the changing relationships between cities and knowledge.
She is currently leading three major UK projects focussed on co-producing urban transformations, with a team of 5 researchers working across the Urban Institute and Sheffield Methods Institute.
Jam and Justice: Co-producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation is a three-year project funded by the ESRC Urban Transformations programme, with partners at the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation and the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham.
Whose Knowledge Matters? Competing and Contesting Knowledge Claims in 21st Century Cities is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and University of Twente in the Netherlands funded by the Open Research Area initiative and focused on citizen knowledges in sustainable urban development projects.
Realising Just Cities is the four-year international collaboration programme of Mistra Urban Futures focused on Greater Manchester and the Sheffield City-Region.
- View this article in WRRO Cities and the Knowledge Economy: Promise, Politics and Possibilities. Routledge.
- View this article in WRRO Reflexivity: The Essential Guide. London: SAGE Publications.
- Social Research and Reflexivity. SAGE.
- Cultural Intermediaries Connecting Communities: Revisiting Approaches to Cultural Engagement:. Bristol: Policy Press.
- Three tyrannies of participatory governance. Journal of Chinese Governance. View this article in WRRO
- Cultural heritage entanglements: festivals as integrative sites for sustainable urban development. International Journal of Heritage Studies. View this article in WRRO
- Moving towards hybridity in causal explanation: the example of citizen participation. Social Policy & Administration. View this article in WRRO
- Craft metrics to value co-production. Nature, 562(7725), 32-33.
- Coproducing urban governance. Politics and Governance, 6(1), 145-145. View this article in WRRO
- Organising for Co-Production: Local Interaction Platforms for Urban Sustainability. Politics and Governance, 6(1). View this article in WRRO
- Knowledge for just urban sustainability. Local Environment, 22(S1), 23-35. View this article in WRRO
- Beyond critique: the value of co-production in realising just cities?. Local Environment. View this article in WRRO
- Developing and testing the Urban Sustainable Development Goals targets and indicators - a five-city study. Environment and Urbanization, 28(1), 49-63. View this article in WRRO
- Revealing and re-valuing cultural intermediaries in the 'real' creative city: Insights from a diary-keeping exercise. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 18(6), 724-740. View this article in WRRO
- Universities, Reflexivity and Critique: Uneasy Parallels in Practice. Policy Futures in Education, 11(5), 505-514.
- Contours and conflicts in scale: Science, knowledge and urban development. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 26(8), 715-720.
- Urban Research in the Knowledge Economy: Content, Context and Outlook. Built Environment, 37(3), 352-367.
- Universities and Cities: Governance, Institutions and Mediation. Built Environment, 37(3), 245-259.
- Urban knowledge exchange: devilish dichotomies and active intermediation. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 1(1/2), 6-6.
- Beth Perry takes time out to reflect on complexity in multi-scalar innovation systems. Regions Magazine, 269(1), 3-3.
- A team from SURF look at the importance of active intermediaries in knowledge exchange for policy and practice. Regions Magazine, 272(1), 23-26.
- Excellence, relevance and the university: The missing middle in socio-economic engagement. Sociologia, Problemas e Praticas, 56, 105-128.
- Multi-level Governance, Regions and Science in France: Between Competition and Equality. Regional Studies, 41(8), 1069-1084.
- The Multi-level Governance of Science Policy in England. Regional Studies, 41(8), 1051-1067.
- Governance, Science Policy and Regions: An Introduction. Regional Studies, 41(8), 1039-1050.
- Cities, Knowledge and Universities: Transformations in the Image of the Intangible. Social Epistemology, 20(3-4), 259-282.
- Science, Society and the University: A Paradox of Values. Social Epistemology, 20(3-4), 201-219.
- The Future of Urban Sociology. Sociology, 39(2), 343-370.
- Universities, Localities and Regional Development: The Emergence of the 'Mode 2' University?. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 28(1), 212-223.
- The future of urban sociology: report of joint sessions of the British and American Sociological Associations. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 26(4), 844-853.
- The risk of austerity co-production in city-regional governance in England. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
- Transience and Permanence in Urban Development John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
- Cities, experiments and the logics of the knowledge economy In Evans J, Karvonen A & Raven R (Ed.), The Experimental City (pp. 32-46). Oxford: Routledge.
- Cities, Universities and Urban Knowledge Exchange: Lessons from a Regional Experiment in the UK In Mercurio R (Ed.), Organizational Networks for Innovation Milan.
- Re-thinking Sustainable Knowledge-Based Urbanism Through Active Intermediation, Production and Use of Urban Knowledge (pp. 151-167). Springer Netherlands
- Reflexivity and Data Analysis In Kaldis B (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences SAGE
- Translation, Insulation and Mediation, University Engagement With Socially Excluded Communities (pp. 199-219). Springer Netherlands
- Translation, Insulation and Mediation: The Shifting Sands of University Life In Benneworth P (Ed.), University Engagement With Socially Excluded Communities Springer Science & Business Media
- External engagements and internal transformations: Universities, localities and regional development, Bright Satanic Mills: Universities, Regional Development and the Knowledge Economy (pp. 25-37).
- Academic Knowledge and Urban Development, Knowledge-Based Urban Development (pp. 21-41). IGI Global
- Metropolitan regions in the face of the European dimension: Regimes, re-scaling or repositioning?, Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Planning: Comparative Case Studies of European City-Regions (pp. 20-38).
- Making 21st Century Knowledge Complexes Routledge View this article in WRRO
- Co-producing Knowledge for Sustainable Cities Routledge
- Achieving ‘systemic’ urban retrofit, Retrofitting the Built Environment (pp. 5-19). John Wiley & Sons
- Universities and Regional Development Routledge
- Sustaining Urban Networks Routledge
- Reflexivity and the Practice of Qualitative Research, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis (pp. 109-122). SAGE Publications Ltd