Jason Slade

Dr Jason Slade

Research Associate

Room number: D7a
Telephone (internal): 26922
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 6922
Telephone (international): +44 114 222 6922
Email: j.slade@sheffield.ac.uk


I returned to the department in September 2018 as a Research Associate on the ESRC-funded Working in the Public Interest project, which is the first major investigation into the implications of the changing relationship between the public and private sectors in UK planning.

Previously, I completed my PhD (awarded 2018) in the department on the role of narrative/storytelling in planning, particularly its efficacy for facilitating inclusion and democracy in grassroots contexts. In 2018 the PhD won the RTPI Award for Research Excellence in the category of Student Research. The research was closely linked to my involvement with the Westfield Action Research Project (WARP), which saw staff and students in the department supporting community-led planning efforts in the city. In 2015 colleagues and I were jointly awarded a Senate Award for Learning and Teaching for WARP, in the category of Collaborative Activities.

I have previous work experience in local government and in student support, and previous voluntary experience of working with young refugees and asylum seekers.


My current focus is on the role of the private sector in UK planning, how it has changed/is changing, and the implications for notions of the public interest and professionalism. I have broad research interests in the fields of planning theory, storytelling/narrative, action research, public participation, community-led planning and planning education.


Journal Articles


  • Slade J (2015) Better learning through engagement? Evaluating year one of Community Planning Project (Sheffield: University of Sheffield).