Dr Mark Usher

Simon Research Fellow

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Biography

Email: mark.usher@manchester.ac.uk

Room: 1.033 Arthur Lewis Building

I arrived at the University of Manchester in September 2010 to undertake doctoral research and began teaching in 2015 as Lecturer in Human Geography. In September 2018 I became Simon Research Fellow, starting a three-year project on green infrastructure and landscape-based governance in the UK, focusing in particular on the expanded professional mandate of landscape architects in urban planning and design. This builds on my PhD research which examined the role of hydraulic engineers in state formation and governance in Singapore, through the roll-out of different types of water infrastructure- canals, reservoirs, meters and desalination. Previously, I completed an undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Sheffield, followed by an MSc degree in Environmental Politics and Policy at the University of Leeds. I have also been employed on a number of different projects as a research assistant and associate at Leeds and Manchester respectively, covering issues of climate change, environmental planning and community engagement, intelligent transport systems, and domestic water consumption.

I have published in a range of high-ranking academic journals across geography, sociology, politics and urban studies, including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Mobilities, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and Environmental Politics. I have peer-reviewed across sub-disciplines too, in Geopolitics, Political GeographyUrban Studies, City, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Environmental Politics, Asia Pacific Viewpoint and Journal of Political Ecology. I am an active member of both the Cities, Politics, Economies and Society and Environment research groups, and have convened undergraduate and postgraduate modules on environmental policy and governance, and environmental geography.

Qualifications

2010 - 2015    PhD in Human Geography, University of Manchester 

2008 - 2009    MSc Environmental Politics and Policy, University of Leeds (Distinction)

2005 – 2008    BA Sociology, University of Sheffield (First Class)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Member of the American Association of Geographers

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