The Urban Studies Foundation (USF) is looking to recruit new Members (also known as ‘Trustees’) to sit on its Board. The USF is an increasingly well-known major charitable body involved in the support of urban studies research and education – as well as related knowledge transfer, exchange and mobilisation – with a global reach for its activities. Through their active engagement in such activities, and participation in Board meetings, Members play a crucial and responsible role in the strategies, policies and financial decisions of USF.

Further particulars about the roles, profile and person specification of a Board Member are given in the Urban Studies Foundation Board Members Profile. Please note that there are two specifically designated positions available on the Board – (i) an early career urban scholar and (ii) a policy-maker or suitable representative from civil society – and, when making an application, individuals should specify if they would wish to be considered for one of these positions.

Additional information can be sought by contacting any existing Member of USF and/or by contacting Ruth Harkin ( Please note that the current Chair of USF, Chris Philo, will only be available to respond after 1st August, 2015.

Individuals wishing to apply for a position as USF Board Member should send the following materials electronically to Ruth Harkin (at by Friday 28 August 2015:

  1. A covering letter (no more than 2 pages A4) explaining why you wish to be considered for a position as Member on the USF Board of Trustees, and detailing your relevant experience/achievements in the field of ‘the urban’ (academically and/or in terms of public policy/civic engagement);
  2. A CV (no more than 5 pages A4) formatted as you wish (but it must be easy to pick out the dimensions of your ‘urban’ experience and achievement, academically or otherwise).

It is hoped to be able to make decisions and inform successful applicants by the end September/early October 2015.


Current Members of the Board:

Professor Chris Philo (Chair)
School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow

Professor Jon Bannister
Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Andrew Cumbers
Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Professor John Flint
Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield

Professor Anthony O’Sullivan
Urban Studies, University of Glasgow

Professor Ronan Paddison
School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow

Professor John Parr
School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

Professor Joanne Sharp
School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow

Professor Fulong Wu
The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London