Alma Clavin, Urban Geographer, Bath Spa Uni

Alma Clavin is an urban geographer and Senior Lecturer in Geography at Bath Spa University, UK. Her research and practice deals with grassroots urban sustainability.

Following the completion of her undergraduate degree in Geography (Trinity College Dublin) and her Masters in Urban Planning (Queens University Belfast), she worked for a number of public, private and non-governmental organisations in Ireland and the UK on community planning, energy and sustainability issues. Her PhD thesis was awarded by the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (Oxford Brookes University) and examined wellbeing impacts of ecologically designed urban spaces. Alma’s research interests, although rooted in the discipline of geography, have been interdisciplinary in nature, merging the fields of geography, architecture and design. She has published on topics such as the impacts of urban grassroots food growing initiatives on human agency and wellbeing. Currently her main research activity involves engaging with practitioners and theorists to enhance critical participative enquiry in everyday urban environments.