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Just Universities

This work focuses upon the social organisation of knowledge production in the university in relation to its contribution to social justice. Through focused and joined-up work between the PhD students (3) with a particular focus on the university, it will interrogate expectations of knowledge and the dynamics of interactions between civil society groups and researchers based in the university itself.

A comparative dimension to the work is expected with Sweden in particular (due to issue of access, time and funding) together with understandings generated from South Africa and Kenya.

Project members

  • Alexandra McVicar-Payling

    Alexandra is a PhD student focusing on understanding the limits and possibilities of universities as agents of change in realizing just cities. It focuses upon the social organisation of knowledge production in the university in relation to its contribution to social justice.

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Tim May

Tim May is Professor in the Methods Institute, University of Sheffield and International Methodological Advisor to the Sheffield Manchester Local Interaction Platform.

Rowland Atkinson

Rowland is based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research focuses on social inequalities in urban settings including particularly work on gentrification, gated communities, crime and disorder as well as the impact of the super-rich on city life.