Reading list

A selection of texts currently on our reading list.

Urban Studies

Albet, A. and Benach, N. (2017) Gentrification as a Global Strategy. Neil Smith and Beyond. Routledge.

Khirfan, L. ed. (2017) Order and Disorder: Urban Governance and the Making of Middle Eastern Cities. McGill-Queens University Press

Lambie, H. (2017) Hungry Britain. The rise of food charity. Policy Press.

Pares, M., Ospina, S.M. and Subirats, J. eds. (2017) Social Innovation and Democratic Leadership. Communities and Social Change from Below. Edward Elgar.

Vasudevan, A. (2016) Metropolitan Preoccupations: The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin. Wiley.


Bhattacharyya, G. (2015) Crisis, Austerity and Everyday Life: Living in a Time of Diminishing Expectations. Palgrave Macmillan.

Cohen, S., Fuhr, C. and Bock, J.-J. eds. (2017) Austerity, community action, and the future of citizenship in Europe. Policy Press.


Hargreaves, I. and Hartley, J. eds. (2016) The creative citizen unbound: how social media and DIY culture contribute to democracy, communities and the creative economy. Policy Press.

Kebir, L., Crevoisier, O., Costa, P. and Peyrache-Gadeau, V. eds. (2017) Sustainable Innovation and Regional Development: Rethinking Innovative Milieus. Edward Elgar.

Social Finance

Albertson, K., Fox, C., Choi, J.H., LaBarbera, J., O’Leary, C. and Painter, G. eds. (2017) Payment by results and social impact bonds. Outcome-based payment systems in the UK and US. Policy Press.

Gregory, L. (2015) Trading Time. Can exchange lead to social change? Policy Press.

Hemerijck, A. (2017) The Uses of Social Investment. Oxford University Press.

Paddison, R. and Hutton, T. eds. (2015) Cities and Economic Change. Restructuring and Dislocation in the Global Metropolis. Sage.


Brownill, S. and Bradley, Q. (2017) Localism and neighbourhood planning. Power to the people? Policy Press.

McCabe, A. and Phillimore, J. eds. (2017) Community groups in context. Local activities and actions. Policy Press.