Dr Emma Skippings

Senior Lecturer in Planning

School of the Built Environment


Emma is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University with research and teaching interests in informal housing markets, pro poor infrastructure delivery and low income housing policies in countries in the Global South. Before joining Oxford Brookes, she practiced as a  solicitor in London and Middle East for 10 years specialising in company/commercial, property and finance.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Emma leads and teaches on the following postgraduate and undergraduate modules:

  • Development and Urbanisation
  • Globalisation: Environment and Development
  • Urban Diversity: People, society and space
  • Urban Lab one: Urban Design and Place Experience
  • Legal and Regulatory Frameworks (on-line)
  • Essential Skills in the Built Environment

Emma is heavily involved in teaching. She is Subject Coordinator for the School's new MSc Infrastructure and Sustainable Development and leads on a number of modules across postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. She is also involved with colleagues in the School of the Built Environment in developing the delivery of the School's online programmes for distance learners and exploring novel ways of enhancing interdisciplinary training in the School. Her teaching interests include development theory; urban policy and planning in the global South; dynamics of globalization; legal frameworks; urban social theory; urban diversity and equalities; academic skills and research methodologies.


Emma supervises Msc and BA dissertations in planning at Oxford Brookes. She has also been involved in the supervision of MSc dissertations in planning at the University of Zambia and is currently acting as an external supervisor for PhD in planning  in the Copperbelt University in Zambia. 


Emma completed her PhD at Oxford Brookes in 2010 on informal housing markets in Lusaka, Zambia. Her research interests relate to processes of informal land delivery; peri-urban transformation in the context of market reform; home based enterprises in unplanned settlements; informal institutions in peri-urban housing delivery; pro poor infrastructure delivery and urban diversity and equalities.



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