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Dr Emma Wragg

Senior Lecturer, Subject Coordinator for MSc Infrastructure and Sustainable Development

School of the Built Environment

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

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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 Brookes she practiced as a  solicitor in London and Middle East for 10 years specialising in company/commercial, property and finance.

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.

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

Supervision

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.

Journal articles

  • Wragg E, Lim R, 'Urban Visions from Lusaka, Zambia'
    Habitat International 46 (2014) pp.260-270
    ISSN: 0197-3975 eISSN: 0197-3975
    Abstract Website
  • Wragg, E. (forthcoming) Landlords and room renting in unplanned settlements in Lusaka: the role of social networks in the production of rental housing.
  • Wragg, E. (forthcoming) A livelihood for the urban poor under threat: room renting and home based enterprises in Lusaka’s unplanned settlements.
  • Mpembamoto, K, Nchito, W, Siame, G and Wragg, E (2017) Impact of sector-based upgrading on home-based enterprises: a case study of Chaisa Settlement Environment and Urbanization Volume: 29 issue: 2, page(s): 597-614
  • Wragg, E., Kurul, E., Novo De Azevedo, L. Sames, D. and Lim, R. Developing the “model office” as an approach to interdisciplinary practice-based learning. Paper to be presented at Oxford Brookes Teaching and Learning Conference July 2016.
  • Wragg, E. (2016) Strategies for increasing student engagement. Presentation for Oxford Brookes SBE “SPARK” research and teaching seminar series, February 2016.
  • Wragg, E. and Novo De Azevedo, L. (2016) Integrating practice/work based learning into the curriculum. Presentation for Oxford Brookes SBE “SPARK” research and teaching seminar series, February 2016.
  • Wragg, E. (2016) Strategies for increasing student engagement. Presentation for Oxford Brookes OCSLD seminar series, December 2015.
  • Wragg, E. & Lim R. (2015) Urban Visions from Lusaka, Zambia. Habitat International 46: pp 260-270
  • Wragg, E. & Lim R (2014) Economic Geographies of Globalisation. Presentation for Oxford Brookes SBE research seminar series.
  • Wragg, E. & Lim R. (2013) Urban Visions of the Excluded. Experiences of globalization in Lusaka, Zambia. Paper presented at the 14th N‐AERUS / GISDECO Conference. Enscheda.