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About the Author

I've been fascinated by city life since I studied Geography at high school. After twenty five years of teaching and researching urban geography, I now have a better sense of the challenges we face and what we can do.

I spend my time supporting activists, campaigners, students, policymakers, and politicians about what kind of ideas and examples they can use to tackle the triple emergencies of climate breakdown, social inequality, and nature loss.

Paul Chatterton

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Paul Chatterton is Professor of Urban Futures at the University of Leeds. He is committed to teaching, researching and acting on the climate, ecological and social emergencies.


Over the last 20 years he has teamed up with activists and campaigners to: stop fossil fuel use, transform derelict buildings, set up housing cooperatives development trusts and community research companies, support climate camps and self managed social centres, take non-violent direct action, campaign for migrant rights and against military arms sales, and promote cycling and walking.


He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and chapters and written 10 books including DIY: A handbook for changing our world (with the Trapese Collective, Pluto Press), Low Impact Living (Routledge), Unlocking Sustainable Cities (Pluto Press and most recently How to Save the City (Agenda Publishing). He is also co-founder of the public charity 'Antipode' dedicated to research and scholarship in radical geography. He currently teaches courses on sustainable cities, alternative futures and climate change. 


Paul advises business, councils and civic groups on climate emergency planning. He currently supports Climate Action Leeds in their 10 year vision to transform Leeds, and lives in the award winning co-housing community Lilac Grove. Most recently he has co-founded the ‘Remaking Places Interdisciplinary Network’ at the University of Leeds to promote and embed radical, doable and urgently needed ideas for action amongst place-based breakaway coalitions.

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