Dr. Sandra Costa Santos (sandra.santos@northumbria.ac.uk)
After studying Architecture and graduating from Universidad de A Coruña (Spain) in 2000, Sandra went on to complete a European PhD in Civil Engineering in 2006. She is currently leading the AHRC-funded project “Place and belonging: what can we learn from Claremont Court Housing Scheme?”  February 2016-January 2018. It brings together a team of researchers from Architecture (Northumbria University) and Social Sciences (Manchester University) in order to explore how place influences our sense of belonging to a community.

Dr. Nadia Bertolino
Nadia is an architect and theorist, specialising in spatial practice and social engagement. She holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Pavia, Italy. She joined Northumbria University in 2016, having previously led the MA in Architectural Design at University of Sheffield School of Architecture, and taught at University of Pavia, Tongji University in Shanghai and Polytechnic of Milan. Nadia’s research explores topics concerning community-led practices of spatial production, design activism and the role of self-organised communities to challenge conventional modes of production of space.

Dr. Vanessa May (vanessa.may@manchester.ac.uk)
Vanessa gained her PhD from Abo Akademi University in Finland in 2001. Between 2002-2005 she worked at the Centre for Research on Families, Kinship & Childhood at the University of Leeds. She joined the Sociology Discipline Area at the University of Manchester in 2005 and is a member of the Morgan Centre for the Research into Everyday Lives.

Dr. Camilla Lewis (camilla.lewis@manchester.ac.uk)
Camilla is Research Associate in the Sociology department at the University of Manchester. In 2014 she completed a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester in which she conducted an ethnographic study in East Manchester, a site of urban regeneration. Since then she has carried out research on Big Data and Urban Waste Management and on the Step Change project, a study about travel, transport and mobility. Camilla’s research explores the themes of urban change, belonging and community with a strong methodological focus, spanning a variety of ethnographic, qualitative as well as longitudinal approaches.

Dr. Stephen Hicks (stephen.hicks@manchester.ac.uk)
Steve gained his PhD from Lancaster University in 1999. After working at the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Salford, he joined the School of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester in 2013 and is a member of the Morgan Centre for the Research into Everyday Lives. Steve has also carried out extensive research into LGBT parenting and is also working on a project on the role of theory in social work.