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Dr Angela Connelly - research

Research interests

Angela has a broad and varied number of research interests which reflects her interdisciplinary training and background.

Firstly, she is interested in how buildings change and adapt even though they may seem like fixed and solid objects. Her PhD, for example,  traced the adaptation pathways of religious buildings in the face of wider processes of secularisation. She is interested in the forgotton bits of the urban environment, not iconic architecture, and what this can mean for the collective memory of places. How people respond to the material - and how this can change over minutes or years - is of interest to her. Thirdly, she is interested in the role of faith organisations in the urban planning realm, something which she is keen to pursue in the future.

Angela also works on applied planning research on climate change adaptation and urban sustainability in the environment and has, amongst others, worked with Liverpool City Council. Manchester City Council, Rochdale Borough Council, and the Building Research Establishment.

Current Projects

Angela is currently working with Professor Simon Guy on The Jetty Project - funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project tries to understand whether a practice-led arts project can act as a catalyst in reigniting interest in disused piece of industrial archaeology in the River Tyne. The project website can be visited by clicking here.

In addition, she is continuing to support and develop work on increasing the resilience of the built environment to flooding. Please visit the Six Steps to Flood Resilience website to find out more. 

Previous projects include:

Climate Just

Jointly funded by the Environment Agency and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation it will will deliver a set of web-based decision support resources for practitioners to assist them in delivering socially just responses to climate change.

Smart Resilience Technology, Systems and Tools - SMARTeST.

The EU-funded SMARTeST project that aims to help technologies for improved safety of the built environment in relation to flood events. Led by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), ten partners delivered research across seven case study countries. The project was the result of close collaborations between industry, research and policymakers.

EcoCities: The Bruntwood Initiative for Sustainable Cities

EcoCities was a joint initiative between the University of Manchester and property company Bruntwood. The interdisciplinary project looked at the impacts of climate change and at how we can adapt our cities to the challenges and opportunities that a changing climate presents and developed an adaptation blueprint for Greater Manchester.

Liverpool's Lost Railway Heritage

Focussing on the early structures relating to the 1830 Liverpool & Manchester Railway, including the original tunnels that still run under Liverpool, this project produced a statement on their significance along with gathering stakeholder views on the future for this (largely unprotected) heritage.