Karen is Deputy Head of the Department of Natural and Built Environment and is responsible for leading on the operational aspects of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Architecture, Construction, Environment, Geography, Planning, Real Estate and Surveying.
Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University, Karen worked for the Centre for Public Services, Sheffield City Council and Middlesex University.
Karen is also the Athena Swan Champion for the department, Head of Planning School at SHU (RTPI accredited) and is an external examiner for planning courses at Oxford Brookes University and the University of West of England.
Karen is a trained urban planner with practitioner and academic experience.
Following graduation from Oxford Brookes University, Karen was employed as a Researcher at Middlesex University working on a Government funded local economic development project in five London boroughs. Following this and her involvement in the Editorial Board of Community Action magazine, she was recruited by Sheffield City Council as a senior researcher in the Department of Employment and Economic Development working on alternative economic strategies and employment initiatives for the city. She then went on to work for the Centre for Public Services providing research and strategic advice to national and regional agencies, local authorities, trade unions and community groups. Karen joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2002 where her roles have included post-graduate programme leader and academic group leader for Planning and Regeneration. Most recently she led the department's Athena Swan self-assessment team which successfully gained a Bronze award in 2017.
Department of the Natural and Built Environment
Social Sciences and Humanities
Karen teaches at all levels in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment, and is an experienced post-graduate and PhD supervisor. Her teaching expertise is focused on Local Economic Regeneration, Regeneration Policy, Planning Theory, Global Perspectives and Research Methods
Karen's main research interests centre on understanding and addressing social and economic inequality, local labour market analysis, women's employment and evaluation of urban planning dilemmas and regeneration initiatives.
Karen has a substantial track record of research and consultancy work for national and local government agencies, professional bodies, public sector employers and campaigning groups. She maintains academic and professional links with a number of organisations and was until recently a trustee at BEAM http://www.beam.uk.net/ and one of four academic advisers to Sheffield Fairness Commission https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/fairnesscommission
She is an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism http://www.academyofurbanism.org.uk/ and remains involved in professional events including regular conferences for the Yorkshire and Humberside RTPI http://www.rtpi.org.uk/the-rtpi-near-you/rtpi-yorkshire/events/yorkshire-conference-series/
Crisp, R., Eadson, W., Cole, I., Dayson, C., Escott, K., Fothergill, S., ... Robinson, D. (2015). Election commentaries. People, Place and Policy, 9 (1), 65-89. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0009.0001.0005
Escott, K. (2014). Book review: Urban regeneration in the UK. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 7 (4), 401-403.
Escott, K., Trueman, M., & Buckner, L. (2013). Improving employment and women's well‐being in regeneration programmes. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 26 (3), 250-263. http://doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-10-2011-0125
Escott, K. (2011). Book review: Immigration and Integration in Urban Communities: Renegotiating the City. Urban Studies, 48 (4), 827-829. http://doi.org/10.1177/0042098010394684
Buckner, L., & Escott, K. (2009). Jobs for communities: does local economic investment work. People, place and policy online, 3 (3), 157-170. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0003.0003.0003
Escott, K., & Punn, S. (2006). Tackling gender inequality: linking research to policy making and mainstreaming. Local economy, 21 (3), 219-225. http://doi.org/10.1080/02690940600674509
Escott, K. (2008). Access to work. In Yeandle, S. (Ed.) Policy for a change: local Labour market analysis and gender equality. Bristol: Policy Press
Escott, K. (2008). Accessing the labour market. In YEANDLE, S. (Ed.) Policy for a change: local labour market analysis and gender equality. (pp. 97-117). Bristol: Policy Press: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781847420541&sf1=keyword&st1=policy+for+a+change&m=13&dc=188
Yeandle, S., Bennett, C., Buckner, L., Escott, K., & Grant, L. (2008). Women's labour market situation: myths, puzzles and problems. In YEANDLE, S. (Ed.) Policy for a change: local labour market analysis and gender equality. (pp. 35-59). Bristol: Policy Press: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781847420541&sf1=keyword&st1=policy+for+a+change&m=13&dc=188
Yeandle, S., Bennett, C., Buckner, L., Escott, K., & Grant, L. (2008). Local labour markets in public policy context. In YEANDLE, S. (Ed.) Policy for a change: local labour market analysis and gender equality. (pp. 13-35). Bristol: Policy Press: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781847420541&sf1=keyword&st1=policy+for+a+change&m=13&dc=188
Escott, K., & Buckner, L. (2006). Young women's employment: growing up poor in England and Wales. YWCA.
Escott, K., & Buckner, L. (2006). Addressing women's poverty: local labour market initiatives market initiatives: synthesis report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.
Escott, K., & Whitfield, D. (2002). Promoting gender equality in the public sector. Euorpean Services Strategy Unit.
Theses / Dissertations
Ashby, R.P. (2013). Causes and implications of socio-ecomic differentiation in residential energy efficiency retrofitting. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Escott, K.
Ruggiero, A. (2013). Transforming sub-national economic governance in England : From competitive regions to competitive city-regions. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Wells, P., Gore, T., & Escott, K.
Academician: Academy of Urbanism http://www.academyofurbanism.org.uk/
Trustee of BEAM http://www.beam.uk.net/
Contributor to Sheffield Urban Design Week
Academic adviser Sheffield Fairness Commission
Organiser of professional events including regular conferences for the Yorkshire and Humberside RTPI