Dr Sophie King joined the Urban Institute as Research Fellow for the Realising Just Cities programme in January 2017, following appointments with the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute, and the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford. Sophie has a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester, an MA in Social Research from the University of Leeds, and a background in community development practice and participatory action research within the Greater Manchester city-region.
Sophie helps to coordinate the programme of work and the design, delivery and evaluation of co-production projects in Greater Manchester. Sophie’s research is focused on community-led organising in and between low-income neighbourhoods in the UK, including working with neighbourhood-based groups in Greater Manchester to learn from urban social movements in the Global South. She also convenes Housing Futures: Community-led Alternatives for Greater Manchester in partnership with Greater Manchester Housing Action.