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Dr Hannah Holmes is a Research Associate at CCHPR. Since joining CCHPR in 2019, Hannah’s work has spanned several different research projects. She has undertaken extensive research on urban governance in Smart Cities. This research considered stakeholder engagement in Smart City initiatives, the ethics of decision-making in Smart City governance, and the logics which underpin the selection of particular kinds of Smart initiatives in different cities in the UK. Hannah has also delivered a research project examining the relationship between an increased use of offsite construction and regional inequalities in the UK. In addition, having developed several interconnected research projects converging around the theme of digital exclusion, she has a strong interest the relationship between housing inequalities and digital inequalities.

Current projects include:

  • TAPPI2 (Technology for an Ageing Population Panel for Innovation): This project aims to improve the way technology is used in housing and care for older people.
  • New Horizons: The most recent phase of CCHPR’s work with the New Horizons project – which provides one to one coaching for people struggling with poverty and digital exclusion – is focused on the rising cost of living, and the relationship between fuel poverty and digital exclusion.

Hannah completed her PhD studies at Durham University, where her work focused on marginality and territorial stigma in the regeneration of Middlehaven, Middlesbrough and she has a particular interest in marginal urban economies, urban regeneration and governance.



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Projects and Publications


  • Holmes, H. (2022) Demarginalising a territorially stigmatised neighbourhood?: The relationship between governance configurations and trajectories of urban change. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. May 2022. DOI:10.1177/0308518X221098742
  • Holmes, H., Burgess, G. (2022) Digital Exclusion and Poverty in the UK: How Structural Inequality Shapes Experiences of Getting Online. Digital Geography and Society DOI:/10.1016/j.diggeo.2022.100041
  • Ehwi, R., Holmes, H., Maslova, S., Burgess, G. (2022) The ethical underpinnings of smart city governance: Decision-making in the Smart Cambridge Programme, UK’. Urban Studies. February 2022. DOI:10.1177/00420980211064983
  • Holmes, H., Burgess, G. (2021) Homelessness Prevention through One-To-One Coaching: The Relationship between Coaching, Class Stigma, and Self-Esteem. Housing, Theory and Society. DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2021.1887348
  • Holmes, H. (2021) A review of 'Ageing in Place: Design, Planning and Policy Response in the Western Asia-Pacific, Edited by Bruce Judd, Kenichi Tanoue, and Edgar Liu'. International Journal of Housing Policy. 21:2, 306-308,
Research Associate
Dr Hannah  Holmes

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