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Liverpool School of Art and Design

Dr Joanne Hudson

Dr Joanne Hudson

Telephone: 0151 904 1137


Joanne Hudson is a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. She has worked as an Architect in a number of North West RIBA registered practices and holds a BA(Hons) and BArch in Architecture from The Manchester School of Architecture, an MA in Art as Environment and a PhD in Human and Cultural Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University. Joanne’s academic interests are located at the intersection of Architecture, Planning and Geography. Her research focuses principally on the relationship between spatial planning practices and the production, (re)production and use of wastelands and derelict spaces – what she terms ‘informal spaces,’ and affordable housing strategies. Her current work questions how we can utilise the potential of informal spaces at various levels and spatial scales through the development of coordinated systems of land use planning, creative design and community capital. Furthermore, her housing research seeks to investigate the relationships between community groups and designers and the potential of incremental housing to provide a sustainable design strategy in alleviating the growing ‘housing crisis.’ This incremental housing research is being developed in conjunction with Dr. Aliki-Myrto Perysinaki. This research is intended to impel a critique of current planning and design practices, contributing to critical (re)understandings and (re)readings of the city whilst reassessing the way we value our urban environment.

As a Senior Lecturer Joanne works as a Design Tutor across the undergraduate and postgraduate Architecture programmes. At undergraduate Levels she teaches and assesses on taught modules in ‘Architecture and Design’ and in ‘History and Theory’. In the postgraduate programme she is a Specialist Study Tutor, guiding students through the development of dissertations. Joanne delivers lectures in history and theory, as well as architectural design.


2013, Manchester Metropolitan University, England, PhD


Journal article

Hudson JE. 2015. The Multiple Temporalities of Informal Spaces Geography Compass, 9 DOI


Hudson J. 2014. The affordances and potentialities of derelict urban spaces Ruin Memories: Materialities, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past :193-214 9780415523622 DOI

Hudson JE. The Affordance and Potentialities of Derelict Urban Spaces Olsen B, Pétursdóttir P. Ruin Memories: Materiality, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past. :194-212 Routledge

Hudson J. Manchester is: Urban Wildscape Dobraszczyk P. Manchester: In Other Words Manchester University Press

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Using Derelict Space:The Spatio-temporal Qualities of Urban Vacancy and the Production of the Informal City, Cities Symposium, Bluecoat, Liverpool UK, Oral presentation. 2017

Using Derelict Space: The Spatio-temporal Qualities of Urban Vacancy and the Production of the Informal City, The New Urban Ruins: Vacancy and the Post-Crisis City, Trinity College, Dublin, Oral presentation. 2017

Designed Wildness: Unlocking the Potential of Urban Wastelands, The Future of Wild Europe, University of Leeds, Leeds UK, Oral presentation. 2016

Learning from Increments: Towards a Sustainable Design Strategy for Housing, Government and Housing in a Time of Crisis: Policy, Planning, Design and Delivery., Liverpool, UK, Oral presentation. 2016