Dr. Melanie Lombard


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Melanie Lombard is a Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her first degree in government (LSE) was followed by several years of professional experience in the UK social housing sector, and a Masters (London South Bank) and PhD (Sheffield) in urban planning. Before returning to Sheffield she was a Hallsworth Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Her research agenda involves connecting the built environment to social processes through exploring the everyday activities that construct cities, often neglected by formal theories and practices of planning and urbanism. Under this broad agenda, two core themes of urban informality, and land and conflict, have emerged. She has explored these themes in cities in Latin America (Mexico and Colombia) and Europe (UK), and more recently has been interested in comparing these issues across such diverse contexts. She has published articles in journals including Urban Studies, Progress in Planning, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.