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Our research is clustered across three key research platforms.

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Reworking Cities and Economies

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Living Environmental Change

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Negotiating Everyday Sustainabilities

ACCESS researchers are internationally recognised for their work addressing these areas through critical, reflexive and generative approaches including:

  • culturally-inflected environmental research
  • urban political and economic research
  • innovative qualitative research methodologies (including qualitative GIS) and strong long-term commitments to places and communities

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ACCESS Research Themes, Values and Approaches


  • Reworking Cities and Economies
  • Living Environmental Change
  • Negotiating Everyday Sustainabilities

Values and approaches that span across themes:

  • Valuing diverse knowledges and capacities
  • Empowering everyday expertise and practice
  • Critical, generative studies for progressive social change
  • Qualitative methodologies in place

Our Aims

Our theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded research across these platforms, aims to make conceptual, methodological and practical contributions, through:

  • Knowledge creation, conceptual and applied insights
  • Interventions in scholarly and public debate
  • Engagement with policy makers, practitioners, industry and community groups
  • Socially-engaged methods

Our Approach

Our work is inspired by critical social theories and a commitment to progressive change for social justice and environmental responsibility, founded on a deep understanding of the relationships between people and place across geographical scales.
We work collaboratively and aim both to shed new light on issues and to highlight the views, knowledge and actions of those who may be relatively powerless to influence social life or policy.

Our Values

We seek to create positive and sustainable models of research practice. Our research practice is underpinned by a commitment to creating a caring and supportive community of scholars, and a commitment to collegiality and non-competitiveness in our work practices.

Last reviewed: 17 October, 2018