Job title: Research Fellow

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Katherine joined ECA in September 2013, primarily to work as Project Manager and Research Fellow on the 3-year interdisciplinary research project Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP) funded by Research Councils UK. A prize-winning undergraduate, with postgraduate studentships from the EPSRC and ESRC, she was educated at Newcastle, Sheffield and Southampton Universities gaining her PhD in Civil Engineering and the Environment from the University of Southampton in 2012. She has held a number of academic research positions and teaching posts and recently received a grant from the Planning Exchange Foundation to explore and evaluate the practical implementation, in local communities, of the UK Government’s flagship community planning regime ‘neighbourhood planning’. She has worked for several private sector companies, including Knight Frank and EC Harris, and in the Built Environment Directorate of the Scottish Government.

Katherine’s research interests include community participation and engagement, citizen action and civil society, sustainable urban design and development, housing markets, defining and measuring quality of life and wellbeing, and the environment’s impact on wellbeing. The project Mobility, Mood and Place is further developing her interests in co-design and the environment’s influence on mood and movement. She is a member of the Town and Country Planning Association, author / co-author of a number of academic papers and conference presentations, and a former Associate Editor of the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.

Education and professional academic experience

2012 - PhD in Civil Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton  

2004 - MA in Planning Research at the University of Sheffield

2003 - BA (with First Class Hons) in Politics at Newcastle University

Recent publications

Brookfield, K., Parry, J. and Bolton, V. (2014) FIFTY AT FIFTY: long term patterns of participation and volunteering among the 1958 NCDS Cohort at age 50, TSRC Working Paper 119, Birmingham: TSRC

Brookfield, K., Bloodworth, A. and Mohan, J. (2013) Engaging residents' groups in planning using focus groups, Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability, 166: 2, 61 –74

Current projects

Mobility, Mood and Place: a user-centred approach to design of built environments to make mobility easy, enjoyable and meaningful for older people