I graduated from Oxford with a BA in Physics & Philosophy and then took up a career in overseas development. I was awarded an MSc in Forestry and its Relation to Land Use by the Oxford Forestry Institute in 1988. Having worked in India, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Eritrea I returned to the UK with a commitment to public participation in governance and sustainable development, and an intellectual interest in why these desirable goals are often not achieved. This led to a PhD, at Sheffield’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning, on the impact of local authority policy processes on public involvement in Local Agenda 21. I was appointed as Lecturer in the Department in 2002 and Senior Lecturer in 2011. My principal administrative role in the department is as the Director of our Research School.
I'm also a member of the Nuclear Consulting Group, a group of leading academics and experts in a diverse range of social science and technical fields related to nuclear energy. The Group exists to promote open dialogue and critical questioning of taken for granted policy assumptions. I have also been very active for several years in a campaign through which we created a social enterprise which owns and manages Portland Works, a unique part of Sheffield's industrial heritage.
My current teaching is on sustainable development as a concept, planning and informality in the Global South, and principles of social science research for the Faculty’s doctoral students. Throughout I draw directly on my current and recent research, and also on principles of student-centred teaching developed within the university and in previous work in community adult education.
I currently teach on the following modules:
- TRP333, Environmental Policy and Planning
- TRP409/617, Sustainable Development: A Critical Perspective
- TRP4007/6014, Cities of the South: Planning for Informality
I supervise a group of PhD students who share overlapping interests and welcome applications for PhD study from people interested in joining this exciting and innovative group.
I currently provide primary supervision to the following students:
- Salman Aldalbahi, Institutional factors in delivering affordable housing in Saudi Arabia
- Sarah Linn, Syrian refugees in Middle Eastern cities
- Caroline McCalman, Nuclear energy and the implications for environmentalism
- Radmila Schelle, A discursive analysis of indigenous land rights in Brazil
- Emma Stevens, Collective action and discourse coalitions of energy and climate change
- Karwan Taha, The significance of sustainability in future planning in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan
- Chao Wang, The involvement of Chinese civil society in environmental planning
- Connelly S & Vanderhoven D (forthcoming) The craft of evaluative practice: negotiating legitimate methodologies within complex interventions. Evaluation. View this article in WRRO
- Matthews P, Rutherfoord R, Connelly S, Richardson L, Durose C & Vanderhoven D (2017) Everyday stories of impact: interpreting knowledge exchange in the contemporary university. Evidence and Policy: a journal of research, debate and practice. View this article in WRRO
- Connelly S (2016) Editorial: 'The importance of interpretive social science to promoting renewable energy and sustainable development' Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development 2(2): 68-69.
- McCalman C & Connelly S (2015) Destabilizing Environmentalism: Epiphanal Change and the Emergence of Pro-Nuclear Environmentalism. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 1-18.
- Connelly S (2011) Constructing Legitimacy in the New Community Governance. Urban Studies, 48(5), 929-946.
- Connelly S (2010) Participation in a hostile state: How do planners act to shape public engagement in politically difficult environments?. Planning Practice and Research, 25(3), 333-351.
- Khalifa MA & Connelly S (2009) Monitoring and guiding development in rural Egypt: Local sustainable development indicators and local human development indices. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 11(6), 1175-1196.
- Connelly S (2009) Deliberation in the face of power: Stakeholder planning in Egypt. Policy and Society, 28(3), 185-195.
- Khalifa MA & Connelly S (2008) Monitoring and guiding development in rural Egypt: local sustainable development indicators and local Human Development Indices. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 1-22.
- Connelly S (2007) Mapping sustainable development as a contested concept. Local Environment, 12(3), 259-278.
- Connelly S & Anderson C (2007) Studying water: Reflections on the problems and possibilities of interdisciplinary working. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 32(3), 213-220.
- Connelly S (2006) Looking inside public involvement: How is it made so ineffective and can we change this?. Community Development Journal, 41(1), 13-24.
- Connelly S, Richardson T & Miles T (2006) Situated legitimacy: Deliberative arenas and the new rural governance. Journal of Rural Studies, 22(3), 267-277.
- Connelly S & Richardson T (2005) Value-driven SEA: Time for an environmental justice perspective?. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 25(4), 391-409.
- Connelly S & Richardson T (2004) Exclusion: The necessary difference between ideal and practical consensus. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 47(1), 3-17.
- Connelly S, Vanderhoven D, Durose C, Richardson L & Matthews P (2015) Translation across borders: Exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process In Matthews P & O'Brien D (Ed.), After Urban Regeneration: Communities, policy and place (pp. 181-198). Bristol: Policy Press. View this article in White Rose Research Online
- Connelly S (2014) Decentred legitimacy in the new community governance, In Griggs S, Norval A & Wagenaar H (Ed.), Practices of Freedom: Decentred Governance, Conflict and Democratic Participation (pp. 155-175). London: Routledge.
- Richardson T & Connelly S (2013) Reinventing public participation: Planning in the age of consensus, In Blundell-Jones P, Petrescu D & Till J (Ed.), Architecture and Participation (pp. 77-104). London: Routledge.