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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 Social Research Methodologies and Social Sustainability: from the Local to the Global, and Year 3 Cities and Urban Life, and Environmental Sociology. Her research interests are broadly associated with Urban Sustainability and Social Justice. Jenni has published research on topics including social sustainability, segregation and income inequality in cities, private and social rented housing, energy vulnerability, low carbon transitions, and smart cities, and welcomes PhD student enquiries in related fields.

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 sustainability. Her active research interests include urban sustainability, energy vulnerability, housing and social and economic inequality

External activity

Editorial Board Member of Urban Planning Editorial Team | Urban Planning (

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.

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