Professor Beth Perry

BA Hons, MA

Faculty of Social Sciences

Professorial Research Fellow

Professor Beth Perry

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Professor Beth Perry
Faculty of Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)
219 Portobello
S1 4DP

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.



  • May T & Perry B (2017) Cities and the Knowledge Economy: Promise, Politics and Possibilities. Routledge. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T & Perry B (2017) Reflexivity: The Essential Guide. London: SAGE Publications. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • May T (2011) Social Research and Reflexivity. SAGE. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Perry B, Jones P & Long P (Eds.) (2019) Cultural Intermediaries Connecting Communities: Revisiting Approaches to Cultural Engagement:. Bristol: Policy Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles