Dr Amy Beckett

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research and Impact Associate

+44 114 222 9617

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Dr Amy Beckett
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Room D21
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I am a Research and Impact Associate, working in the built environment departments: Department of Urban Studies and Planning, School of Architecture and Department of Landscape Architecture. My work involves working alongside academics to design effective impact plans: identifying key stakeholders and research beneficiaries and developing strategic approaches to effectively engage with and reach target groups to achieve impact.

I provide training and support to academics at all career stages – throughout the lifecycle of a project from grant capture, through delivery and the accompanying engagement with research users. I also provide dedicated support to the strongest impact projects including all of the selected impact case studies.

Outside of my current role, I have gained a wide range of experience in activities which sit at the nexus between academia and public policy, having experience of working for a range of the University’s key partners including local government, the civil service and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and has conducted collaborative and coproduced research projects through (for example) involvement in the Crook Public Service Fellowship scheme.

Prior to this appointment, I completed my PhD in Urban Studies and Planning, which was co-funded by the University of Sheffield and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC). With a focus on household decision-making and mobility, this research examined the relationship between new build housing and area renewal in a peripheral place.

Before this - in 2009, I completed a BA in Ancient History at the University of Manchester, before moving to Sheffield to study for an MA in Town and Regional Planning.

Research interests

My PhD research was joint funded by the University of Sheffield and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC). The research examined the potential causal relationship between ‘high-end’ housing market growth and local economic growth in the context of a peripheral region. In doing so, the research provided a contribution to current debates on the role of housing in area renewal, challenging prevailing assumptions relating to rationality, decision-making and mobility.

Further and related research interests include:

  • Rationality, housing choice and mobility
  • Growth and resilience in peripheral regions
  • Residential mobility and neighbourhood change
  • Biographical and narrative research methods

I am also interested in collaborative, partnership and interorganisational working. In particular I am interested in the role of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in creating and supporting change outside of academia.