Dr Amy Beckett

Research and Impact Associate

Room number: D21
Telephone (internal): 26917
Tel (UK): 0114 222 6917
Tel (International): +44 114 222 6917
Email: a.beckett@sheffield.ac.uk


I am currently Research and Impact Associate (Built Environment). This role involves supporting Impact Case Study projects which form part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment. Whilst I am based in the department of Urban Studies and Planning, the role spans three departments: Department of Urban Studies and Planning, School of Architecture and Department of Landscape Architecture.

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.

I also have experience of working for a range of public and third sector organisations including local government, the civil service and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and I have worked in a variety of student support and research support roles at the University of Sheffield.


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.