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Rob Imrie

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PositionVisiting Professor
Department Sociology
Email rob.imrie (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 3105
Rob Imrie

Rob Imrie is Professor with a background is in geography, sociology, and planning studies and he has a doctorate in industrial sociology. He was previously Professor of Geography at Kings College London and at Royal Holloway University of London, prior to that. 

In 2004, Rob was awarded the ‘Back Award’ by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), in recognition of ‘contributions to research on national and local policies in urban development and local governance’, June 14th. Between 2003 and 2007, Rob was visiting professor, Department of Geography, University of Strathclyde. He has since held visiting professorships in the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney (2008), and the Department of Applied Social Studies, University of Cork (2009).

He is a former member of: the Department of Communites and Local Government's (DCLG) Working Party advising on changes to Part M of the Building Regulations; the DCLG's Housing Research Network, with responsibility to develop links between housing research and policy; and, the Lifetime Homes Group, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He is an editorial board member of the 'Access Journal'.

Areas of supervision

Rob is happy to offer PhD supervision in the broad area of urban studies, with a focus on the following topic areas:

  • Urban governance and community development in cities.
  • Urban policy in British and international cities.
  • The geographies of disability and the built environment.
  • The regulation of architecture.
  • Public policy and geographical knowledge.
  • Planning and the regulation of spatial development

Research Interests

Research Interests: urban governance and community development, the impact and implications of urban policy, the geographies of disability and the built environment

Rob Imrie's main research interests are urban governance and community development in cities, the impact and implications of urban policy in British and international cities, the geographies of disability and the built environment, and urban design and the codification and regulation of architecture. 

His research contributes to the development of the study of disability in geography, with a focus on (a). The significance of universal design in the shaping of the designed environment; (b). The development of understanding of the meaning of the home, as this relates to bodily experiences and embodiment, and how meaning, corporeality and design issues interact; (c). Illumination of the relationships between attitudes and practices in the house building industry with reference to disability, and with respect to regulation and how this is reconstructed within the discourse of the housing supply chain; (d). Extending the understanding of housing quality beyond its (normal) reductive sense of physical or technical hardware and/or relations.

Other research is seeking to develop new insights into previously under explored phenomena, including: (a). New forms of urban governance: comparative discourses of community in urban policy in international cities, and the role of sub-national governance structures in influencing urban change; (b). Extending the study of ‘relational architectures’ with a focus on the codification and regulation of architects’ practices; (c). Developing scholarly study of building regulations and control, and their role in urban development; and (d) Exploring the shaping of design through the intersections of the sensual nature of body-environment interactions, with a focus on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Publications

Book

The Short Guide to Urban Policy
Edwards, Claire and Imrie, Rob. 10 June 2015. The Short Guide to Urban Policy. Bristol and Chicago: Policy Press and University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9781447307990

Architectural Design and Regulation
Imrie, Rob and Street, Emma. February 2011. Architectural Design and Regulation. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-7966-9

Accessible Housing: Quality, Disability, and Design
Imrie, Rob. 5 March 2006. Accessible Housing: Quality, Disability, and Design. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-31892-1

Inclusive Design
Imrie, Rob and Hall, Peter. 4 May 2001. Inclusive Design. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-419-25620-5

Edited Book

Care and Design: Bodies, Buildings, Cities
Bates, Charlotte; Imrie, Rob and Kullman, Kim, eds. 2016. Care and Design: Bodies, Buildings, Cities. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-05349-1

Sustainable London? The Future of a Global City
Imrie, Rob and Lees, Loretta, eds. 1 October 2014. Sustainable London? The Future of a Global City. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. ISBN 9781447310600

The Knowledge Business: The Commodification of Urban and Housing Research
Allen, Chris and Imrie, Rob, eds. 1 September 2010. The Knowledge Business: The Commodification of Urban and Housing Research. Farnham: Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-7690-4

Regenerating London: Governance, Sustainability and Community in a Global City
Imrie, Rob; Lees, Loretta and Raco, Mike, eds. 2009. Regenerating London: Governance, Sustainability and Community in a Global City. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-43367-9

Edited Journal

Special Issue on Universal Design
Imrie, Rob and Luck, Rachael, eds. 2 July 2014. Special Issue on Universal Design, Disability and Rehabilitation, 36(16). 0963-8288

Book Section

Configuring the Caring City: Ownership, Healing, Openness
Bates, Charlotte; Imrie, Rob and Kullman, Kim. November 2016. Configuring the Caring City: Ownership, Healing, Openness. In: Charlotte Bates; Rob Imrie and Kim Kullman, eds. Care and Design: Bodies, Buildings, Cities. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 95-115. ISBN 978-1-119-05349-1

Designing with care and caring with design
Imrie, Rob and Kullman, Kim. 2 August 2016. Designing with care and caring with design. In: Charlotte Bates; Rob Imrie and Kim Kullman, eds. Care and Design: Bodies, Buildings, Cities. Chicester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-1-119-05349-1

From supermarkets to community building: Tesco plc, sustainable place making and urban regeneration
Imrie, Rob and Dolton, Mike. 1 October 2014. From supermarkets to community building: Tesco plc, sustainable place making and urban regeneration. In: Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees, eds. Sustainable London? The Future of a Global City. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, pp. 173-194. ISBN 9781447310600

Beyond urban sustainability and urban resilience: towards a socially just future for London
Lees, Loretta and Imrie, Rob. 1 October 2014. Beyond urban sustainability and urban resilience: towards a socially just future for London. In: Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees, eds. Sustainable London? The Future of a Global City. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 305-316. ISBN 9781447310600

London’s future and sustainable city building
Imrie, Rob and Lees, Loretta. 1 October 2014. London’s future and sustainable city building. In: Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees, eds. Sustainable London? The Future of a Global City. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, pp. 3-28. ISBN 9781447310600

Space, Place and Policy Regimes: the changing contours of disability and citizenship
Imrie, Rob. 19 June 2014. Space, Place and Policy Regimes: the changing contours of disability and citizenship. In: Karen Soldatic; Alan Roulstone and Hannah Morgan, eds. Disability, Spaces and Places of Policy Exclusion. London: Routledge, pp. 13-30. ISBN 9780415854801

Buildings That Fit Society: The Modernist Ideal And The Social Production Of Ableist Spaces
Imrie, Rob. 4 December 2013. Buildings That Fit Society: The Modernist Ideal And The Social Production Of Ableist Spaces. In: Model House Research Group, ed. Transcultural Modernisms. 12 Sternberg Press, pp. 208-219. ISBN 978-3-95679-012-6

The interrelationships between contract research and the knowledge business
Imrie, Rob. 1 September 2010. The interrelationships between contract research and the knowledge business. In: Chris Allen and Rob Imrie, eds. The Knowledge Business. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 23-40. ISBN 978-0-7546-7690-4

‘An exemplar for a sustainable world city’: progressive urban change and the redevelopment of King’s Cross
Imrie, Rob. 2 January 2009. ‘An exemplar for a sustainable world city’: progressive urban change and the redevelopment of King’s Cross. In: Rob Imrie; Loretta Lees and Mike Raco, eds. Regenerating London: Governance, sustainability and community in a global city. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 93-111. ISBN 978-0-415-43367-9

Article

Autonomy and the socialisation of architects
Imrie, Rob and Street, Emma. 23 October 2014. Autonomy and the socialisation of architects. The Journal of Architecture, 19(5), pp. 723-739. ISSN 1360-2365

Designing inclusive environments: rehabilitating the body and the relevance of universal design
Imrie, Rob and Luck, Rachael. 4 July 2014. Designing inclusive environments: rehabilitating the body and the relevance of universal design. Disability and Rehabilitation, pp. 1-5. ISSN 0963-8288

Shared Space and the Post-politics of Environmental Change
Imrie, Rob. December 2013. Shared Space and the Post-politics of Environmental Change. Urban Studies, 50(16), pp. 3446-3462. ISSN 0042-0980

Auto-disabilities: the case of shared space environments
Imrie, Rob. 2012. Auto-disabilities: the case of shared space environments. Environment and Planning A, 44(9), pp. 2260-2277. ISSN 0308-518X

Universalism, universal design and equitable access to the built environment
Imrie, Rob. 2012. Universalism, universal design and equitable access to the built environment. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(10), pp. 873-882. ISSN 0963-8288

Community governance, critical cosmopolitanism and urban change: observations from Taipei, Taiwan
Raco, Mike; Imrie, Rob and Lin, Wen-I. 3 April 2011. Community governance, critical cosmopolitanism and urban change: observations from Taipei, Taiwan. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 35(2), pp. 274-294. ISSN 0309-1317

Risk, Regulation and the Practices of Architects
Imrie, Rob and Street, Emma. 2 December 2009. Risk, Regulation and the Practices of Architects. Urban Studies, 46(12), pp. 2555-2576. ISSN 0042-0980

'Regulating Design': The Practices of Architecture, Governance and Control
Imrie, Rob and Street, Emma. 1 December 2009. 'Regulating Design': The Practices of Architecture, Governance and Control. Urban Studies, 46(12), pp. 2507-2518. ISSN 0042-0980

Organisational change in systems of building regulation and control: illustrations from the English context
Hawkesworth, Marian and Imrie, Rob. 2009. Organisational change in systems of building regulation and control: illustrations from the English context. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 36(3), pp. 552-567. ISSN 0265-8135

Disability and the Implications of the Well being Agenda: Some Reflections from the United Kingdom
Edwards, Claire and Imrie, Rob. 2 September 2008. Disability and the Implications of the Well being Agenda: Some Reflections from the United Kingdom. Journal of Social Policy, 37(3), pp. 337-355. ISSN 0047-2794

The interrelationships between building regulations and architects’ practices
Imrie, Rob. 2 July 2007. The interrelationships between building regulations and architects’ practices. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 34(5), pp. 925-943. ISSN 0265-8135

The Geographies of Disability: Reflections on the Development of a Sub-Discipline
Imrie, Rob and Edwards, Claire. 1 June 2007. The Geographies of Disability: Reflections on the Development of a Sub-Discipline. Geography Compass, 1(3), pp. 623-640. ISSN 1749-8198)

Demystifying disability: A review of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Imrie, Rob. 1 March 2004. Demystifying disability: A review of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Sociology of Health and Illness, 26(3), pp. 287-305. ISSN 0141-9889

Disability and Bodies as Bearers of Value
Edwards, Claire and Imrie, Rob. May 2003. Disability and Bodies as Bearers of Value. Sociology, 37(2), pp. 239-256. ISSN 0038-0385