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Becky P. Y. Loo

102 shared publications

Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Chris D.F. Rogers

85 shared publications

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Charles Nicholas Hewitt

83 shared publications

Lancaster Environment Centre Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YQ, UK

Rachel Cooper

83 shared publications

Imagination, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

I.F. Jefferson

70 shared publications

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Reading cities: Developing an urban diagnostics approach for identifying integrated urban problems with application to t... Joanne M. Leach, Rachel A. Mulhall, Chris D.F. Rogers, John ... Published: 01 March 2019
Cities, doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2018.09.012
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For policymakers, planners, urban design practitioners and city service decision-makers who endeavour to create policies and take decisions to improve the function of cities, developing an understanding of cities, and the particular city in question, is important. However, in the ever-increasing field of urban measurement and analysis, the challenges cities face are frequently presumed: crime and fear of crime, social inequality, environmental degradation, economic deterioration and disjointed governance. Although it may be that many cities share similar problems, it is unwise to assume that cities share the same challenges, to the same degree or in the same combination. And yet, diagnosing the challenges a city faces is often overlooked in preference for improving the understanding of known challenges. To address this oversight, this study evidences the need to diagnose urban challenges, introduces a novel mixed-methods approach for doing so, applies (and critiques) the approach to the city of Birmingham, UK, and proposes a set of principles for the transferability of this new urban diagnostic methodology to other cities. The paper argues that applying a rigorous, explorative, diagnostic approach to ‘reading cities’ provides confidence that all critical challenges have been identified and, crucially, identifies how they are interdependent, both of which have implications for how policymakers and decision-makers address a particular city's combination of interlinked challenges.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Risking multi-billion decisions on underground railways: Land value capture, differential rent and financialization in L... Becky P.Y. Loo, John R. Bryson, Meng Song, Catherine Harris Published: 01 November 2018
Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, doi: 10.1016/j.tust.2018.07.011
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Rapid urbanization has brought the needs to minimize negative transport externalities in cities to the forefront. The development of metros is a response to urban sustainability challenges, but the construction of underground infrastructure often requires massive excavation and long construction time, disrupts the economy and people’s everyday living, and is highly capital intensive. As such, these multi-billion-dollar investment decisions require political vision and determination, careful traffic analysis, and the ability to raise sufficient funds to cover not only capital construction costs but also future operations and depreciation. Underground infrastructure projects must, therefore, balance the engineering aspects of a proposed project with the development of a resilient and sustainable business model. This paper is the first to develop a comparative longitudinal analysis of the finance and funding models of two underground systems (London Underground and Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway) with a focus on the development of a conceptual framework for understanding land value capture (LVC) based on differential rents and financialization. The focus is on exploring the supply-side aspects of underground transport infrastructure including finance or capital investment and the relationship with funding or revenue streams and the creation of financially sustainable business models.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Alternative-substitute business models and the provision of local infrastructure: Alterity as a solution to financializa... John R. Bryson, Rachel A. Mulhall, Meng Song, Becky P.Y. Loo... Published: 01 October 2018
Geoforum, doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.06.022
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Everyday living is supported by an array of services provided by a complex local infrastructure nexus that is financed and funded by the public, private and third sectors. The on-going debate on the financialization of infrastructure has neglected to explore the provision of local infrastructure in places experiencing infrastructural exclusion. This paper seeks to contribute toward filling this gap by exploring local infrastructure in the UK that has been provided by blending non-capitalist with capitalist activities. In other words, the provision of local infrastructure using an ‘alternative’ approach that attempts to address infrastructure exclusion by filling gaps in the provision of local infrastructure. The question is: how is infrastructure provided when it does not meet either a value for money calculation undertaken by the state or does not meet the investment criteria required by capital markets? This paper is the first to develop a dialogue between three unrelated literatures - financialization, business models and alterity – by developing a conceptual framework for exploring local infrastructure that is provided by alternative-substitute business models. The paper explores this approach through the analysis of two alternative infrastructure projects – Broadband 4 the Rural North and Malvern’s heritage gas lamps.
OTHER 0 Reads 0 Citations People, place, space and city-regions: towards an integrated or systemic approach to reading city-region regeneration ec... John R. Bryson, Lauren Andres, Rachel Mulhall Published: 01 January 2018
A Research Agenda for Regeneration Economies, doi: 10.4337/9781785360299.00016
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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations Engineering and the Skills Crisis in the UK and USA: A Comparative Analysis of Employer-Engaged Education John R. Bryson, Rachel A. Mulhall, Nichola Lowe, Julianne St... Published: 12 November 2017
Value Creation through Engineering Excellence, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-56336-7_13
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Urban assets and the financialisation fix: land tenure, renewal and path dependency in the city of Birmingham John R Bryson, Rachel Ann Mulhall, Meng Song, Richard Kenny Published: 18 September 2017
Cambridge Journal Of Regions, Economy And Society, doi: 10.1093/cjres/rsx013
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