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Dr Jenni Cauvain

Senior Lecturer


Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Jenni is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. She currently teaches BA Sociology Year 2 core modules Social Research Methodologies and Social Sustainability: from the Local to the Global. Jenni has active research interests in the field of urban and social sustainability, urban sociology, inequality and the intersections between urban planning and sociology, and welcomes PhD student enquiries in related fields. Jenni is also a member of the School's ATHENA SWAN working group.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU in Autumn 2019, Jenni was a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham specialising in social sustainability and urban research. At the University of Nottingham, Jenni chaired the Sustainable Cities Research Priority Area, and organised an interdisciplinary seminar series on sustainable cities. Jenni completed her PhD in urban planning at the University of Manchester in 2011, where she also worked as a post-doc, and taught on the RTPI accredited Urban Planning programme. Jenni has also worked at the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) at DeMontfort University, Leicester, in 2019-2020. Outside of academia, Jenni  worked for the think tank Institute for Public Policy Research North as a Research Fellow, where she researched topics including Northern Economic Futures, Housing Policy, and Sustainable Energy.

Research areas

Jenni has published widely on topics related to cities and socio-environmental change in urban areas. Her active research interests include urban sustainability, energy vulnerability, housing (social housing, housing in multiple occupancy), socio-economic inequality, and technological change.

External activity

Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity, DeMontfort University, Leicester (UK) (2020-2023)

External supervisor of MA Urban Planning Dissertations, University of Manchester (UK) (2019-2020)


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Press expertise

Jenni has  written in the Guardian newspaper, appeared in radio programmes including BBC Radio 4's "Your and Yours", and contributed to professional magazines such as Inside Housing.