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Dr Myfanwy Taylor
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
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  • Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Leverhulme Research Fellow (2021-ongoing), Local Industrial Strategies, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

Trustee (2020-ongoing), West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust.

Senior Research Fellow (2018-2021), ‘Markets4People’ project (Understanding and Enhancing the Community Value of Traditional Retail Markets in UK Cities), School of Geography, University of Leeds.

Research Assistant/Officer (2010-13), ‘Next Urban Economy’ and‘Cities, Health and Well-being’ projects, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Policy Officer (2005-09), Department for Communities and Local Government and the Cabinet Office.

Research Summary
My research spans urban economic development, planning and politics, with a particular focus on collaborative research with grassroots groups, market traders, industrial firms and other small businesses. 

My current Leverhulme Trust funded research focuses on the potential of local industrial strategies as a site for network and coalition building for alternative socially-just and sustainable urban and regional economic plans. Alongside this project, £10k funding from the Bartlett Innovation Fund will enable me to work with Just Space and the New Lucas Plan group on a project to build networks and capacity for economic development policy 'from below'. A £15k UCL Public Policy Expert Engagement Award will also support a 'Learning Exchange' on local economic development between community groups in Tottenham and Durham.

My previous postdoctoral research focused on the community value of traditional retail markets in the UK (the Markets4People project), while my PhD research involved collaborations with several community and small business groups contesting commercial displacement in London. 

I am also Trustee (unpaid) of a Development Trust in Tottenham working to advance community- and business-led development in the West Green Road/Seven Sisters town centre for the benefit of people who live, work and use or shop in the area. The Trust has served as guardian of the Community Plan for Wards Corner and Seven Sisters Indoor Market (Latin Village), until the new Wards Corner Community Benefit Society is set up to deliver the project.

Building on my Markets4People research and work as a Trustee, a new £2k UCL Research Culture Award (Knowledge Exchange) will fund a community-based research project on markets as therapeutic spaces, including proposals for mental health, well-being and welfare support for minoritised communities in Haringey.

Teaching Summary
I supervise MSc students for the Dissertation in Planning at BSP.
Academic Background
2010   Master of Science University College London
2003   Master of Physics University of Oxford
    Urban Studies  
    Urban Studies  
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