Julie explores interactions between policy, place and people, with a particular focus on how children, young people and people from different ethno-cultural and religious backgrounds use, view and experience their environments. Her main interest is how we create a 'public knowing' of risk, safety and belonging that encourages or limits people's freedom to use public space confidently. She supports active citizenship through community participation in planning.
Students in her subjects are encouraged to critically appraise community planning and development theory and its application in practice in both richer and poorer countries. In addition, students are challenged to grapple with issues of power, professional ethics, and the role of community development practitioners as 'knowledge producers and users' in relation to data production, analyses, and interpretation.