Regenerating East Manchester: Author Q&A

Posted by Chris Hart - Thursday, 1 Sep 2016



 Georgina Blakeley is Lecturer in Politics at the Open University
Brendan Evans is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Huddersfield

What book in this field has inspired you the most?

City of Revolution, Restructuring Manchester by Jamie Peck and Kevin Ward.

Did your research take you to any unexpected places?

The intellectual journey was rewarding.  It took us from the daily concerns of residents of east Manchester to national policy initiatives and the relationship between the two.

Geographically, the deprived communities of east Manchester became our second home!

What did you enjoy the most about writing your book?

Working collaboratively was immensely rewarding but the most rewarding part of writing the book was listening to the concerns and ideas of residents in east Manchester and interviewing local government officials tasked with delivering the regeneration initiatives.

What did you find hardest about writing your book?

Combining writing the book with the pressures of working and family life.

How did you feel when you saw your first published book?

Both satisfied with the outcome but also a sense of responsibility towards potential readers for the quality of the output.

Why did you choose to publish with MUP?

MUP are a reputable publisher and because the book has local interest to Manchester, MUP were the logical choice.

Did you approach writing this book differently to any of your previous work?

The timescale of the research was about 10 years so this had implications both for the energies and enthusiasm required to keep the project going as well as for the ability to understand how the regeneration project changed over the course of time.

Have you had time to think about your next research project yet? What are you working on now?

Combined authorities and city-region devolution with a particular reference to Greater Manchester.





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