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Abid Mehmood

Dr Abid Mehmood


Ysgol Daearyddiaeth a Chynllunio

+44 29208 76232
Adeilad Morgannwg, Ystafell 1.76, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA
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I am a Research Fellow in Sustainable Places Research Institute. My broader research expertise is in social innovation and governance. I have experience of research in climate change, socioeconomic development, and social cohesion for local and regional development policy and practice. I have also conducted research on climate change resilience policies and practice in London and Northeast England.

I lead the Institute's research programmes on Cities and sustainable places that integrates the work related to social innovation for sustainable urban transformations, governance of sustainable places, and spatial analysis and design of the built environment. Other key relevant areas include community-led transition and adaptation, sustainable mobility, and integrative methods for sustainability science research and engagement. I have also worked on the research area 'Adaptive Governance for Social and Ecological Transitions'.



















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I have participated in research and consultancy projects for a range of organisations including: DEFRA, ESRC, EPSRC, Leverulme Trust and European Commission. My current areas of research cover:

  • Social innovation for place based development
  • Climate change policy and planning
  • Urban and regional governance

Projects and grants

  • 'Institutional change for sustainable placemaking'. International Collaboration Seedcorn Fund (2017-18)
  • 'Towards an agenda for sustainable food governance'. Cardiff University - KU Leuven Joint Collaboration Fund (2017)
  • ‘Information Models for the "Sharing Economy"’. Cardiff University CUROP grant (2016)
  • Sustainable Place-Shaping’ SUSPLACE. European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN  (2015-19)
  • 'Low Carbon Planning, Innovation and Management'. ESRC UK for PhD Supervision (3 years), co-funded with Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (2015-18)
  • 'Making sense of financial consumption for ethnic minorities in Wales'. ESRC UK for PhD Supervision (3+1 years)  (2014-18)
  • 'Sustainable Urban Regeneration', European Commission Erasmus Intensive Programme (2013-14)
  • 'Biodiversity and Food Security: Developing Collaborative Policy for Seagrass Conservation in Turks and Caicos Islands'. Darwin Initiative DEFRA for UK Overseas Territories Challenge Fund, Round 18 (2012-13)
  • International seminar series on environmental governance. Cardiff University Graduate College (2011-12)
  • 'Planning Responses to Climate Change in the North East England'. Newcastle University Humanities Arts and Social Sciences Research Fund (2009-10)
  • 'Adaptation and Resilience in Cities: Analysis and Decision making using Integrated Assessment' ARCADIA. EPSRC UK (2009-10)
  • 'Social Platform on Cities and Social Cohesion' SOCIALPOLIS. European Commission FP7 (2008-10)
  • 'Growing Inequality and Social Innovation: Alternative Knowledge and Practice in Overcoming Social Exclusion in Europe' KATARSIS. European Commission FP6 (2006-09)
  • 'Development Models and Logics of Socioeconomic Organization in Space' – DEMOLOGOS. European Commission FP6 (2004-07)


My lectures and seminars cover topics around social innovation, sustainable development, climate change, behavioural change, urban resilience, and qualitative research methods.

I have conducted lectures, seminars and tutorials as part of the following modules:

  • Environmental Policy and Climate Change (School of Geography and Planning)
  • Power, Politics, and Policy (School of Social Sciences)
  • Critical Perspectives in Social Science (School of Social Sciences)
  • Web and Social Computing (School of Computer Science and Informatics)

I am currently supervising five PhD theses:

  • Lorena Axinte (April 2016-) ‘Sustainable City-Regions: The case of Cardiff Capital Region’ in collaboration with Welsh Government
  • Cátia Rebelo (April 2016-) ‘Place Ambassadors’ in collaboration with Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
  • Malin Bäckman (April 2016-) ‘Connected Learning Spaces: University campus as a living lab’
  • Kate O’Sullivan (October 2015-) ‘Low-carbon Planning, Innovation and Management: Energy vulnerability in South Wales Valleys', in collaboration with Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
  • Muhammad Alamgir (October 2014-) ‘Making Sense of Financial Consumption: A Case of Muslims in Wales’

I am happy to support PhD research in the following areas:

  • Social innovation
  • Social and ethnic entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable development and climate change
  • Social and public policy and governance
  • Resilience thinking


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Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (since 2021)
  • Senior Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (2020-21)
  • Research Fellow, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University (2010-20)
  • Research Associate, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University (2004-10)

Meysydd goruchwyliaeth

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Social innovation
  • International planning and sustainability
  • Global development related challenges
  • Energy transitions
  • Sustainable development and climate emergency
  • Social and public policy and governance
  • Resilience thinking

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