Matt C Smith

Matt C Smith

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The PhD project I recently completed concerns researching trans and non-binary embodied experiences of city space and the implications for urban planning theory and practice. How does contemporary English local planning practice incorporate gender into policy and practice? Can planning be inclusive of trans and non-binary residents?

I utilised creative mapping methods to explore trans and non-binary embodiment and spatialities, alongside discourse analysis and stakeholder interviews to understand local planning practice.

My research interests are contemporary urban governance and the role of planning within this; the geographies of gender and sexuality; the epistemics of British planning and it's relationship to colonialism; queer and transfeminist political praxis.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Trans infrastructures: experiences of liveability in Brighton & Hove and implications for urban planning, University of Brighton

1 Oct 20183 Jan 2024

Award Date: 3 Jan 2024

Master, MSc in Social Research Methods (Social Policy)

Oct 2017Sept 2018

Award Date: 10 Dec 2018

Master, Msc in Human Geography, Stockholm University

1 Sept 20131 Jun 2016

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Bachelor, Geography and Politics BA (Hons), University of Sheffield

1 Sept 20091 Jun 2012

Award Date: 1 Jun 2012


  • G Geography (General)
  • Trans
  • non-binary
  • urban planning
  • social geography
  • Embodiment
  • Qualitative Methods
  • discourse analysis
  • Feminism
  • LGBT+
  • queer theory
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • community
  • participation
  • transgender studies
  • postpolitical
  • neoliberal
  • competitiveness
  • Critical social theory
  • radical sense


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