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Kevin Muldoon-Smith

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

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I am a Lecturer in Built Environment Adaptation and Investment in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria University and co-founder of R3intelligence Consultancy. After several years working in the field of urban regeneration, I completed a doctorate in building obsolescence and adaptive re-use in 2015 before taking up a full-time Lectureship at Northumbria University in 2016. Following my PhD studies, I have developed three new interrelated fields of study.

1) Public Sector Finance – I am particularly interested in the nature and reform of land and property tax (Business Rates in the UK), its relationship with the changing world of work, and how this income can be retained for public policy objectives under conditions of austerity. I was recently called as an expert witness to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee into Business Rates.

2) Stranded Assets and Built Environment Adaptation – where I investigate how new demand and legislative drivers (for example global minimum energy use rules) are stranding property assets and how this threat can be countered through methods of adaptation.

3) Knowledge Management – inspired by the writing of Michael Polanyi, where I investigate the generation, dynamics and transference of tacit expertise in the face of new modes of learning, teaching and working (for example austerity and property tech).

I also work with Professor Paul Greenhalgh, conducting research into spatial modelling and dynamics of commercial property markets using information bi-products from national property valuation data and business rates.

In partnership with students, alumni and practice, I am committed to developing authentic learning environments that give current and prospective students the experience, core skills, and competencies for the new world of work.

Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears (Italo Calvino, 1972).

http://r3intelligence.co.uk/ 

Campus Address

Newcastle City Campus
Sutherland Building (room 114)
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Qualifications

  • Other Courses MSc June 30 2012
  • Cultural Studies MSc June 30 2004
  • Fellow Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBS) 2014

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Suspect foundations, Muldoon-Smith, K., Greenhalgh, P. 1 Aug 2019, In: Energy Research and Social Science
  • Beyond natural vacancy, Muldoon-Smith, K., Greenhalgh, P., Frodsham, M. 4 Jul 2019, 26th Annual Conference of the European Real Estate Society
  • Reform and Function, Muldoon-Smith, K. 4 Jul 2019
  • Climate change: real estate worth billions could become obsolete - unless owners act now, Muldoon-Smith, K. 3 Jul 2019
  • Is it possible to incentivise and capture local wealth?, Muldoon-Smith, K. 1 May 2019, In: Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit
  • Investigating Retail Property Market Dynamics through Spatial Accessibility Measures, Adebayo, A., Greenhalgh, P., Muldoon-Smith, K. 11 Mar 2019, In: Journal of European Real Estate Research
  • Taxing Property: Opportunities and challenges, Muldoon-Smith, K. 1 Mar 2019
  • Local government finance and the Northern Powerhouse, Muldoon-Smith, K. 10 Sep 2018, UK Public Administration Committee Annual Conference 2018
  • Modular solutions, Muldoon-Smith, K., McGuinness, D. 31 Aug 2018, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My principle areas of research interest are in three interelated areas:

1) Public Sector Finance – I am particularly interested in the nature and reform of land and property tax (Business Rates in the UK), its relationship with the changing world of work, and how this income can be retained for public policy objectives under conditions of austerity. I was recently called as an expert witness to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee into Business Rates.

2) Stranded Assets and Built Environment Adaptation – where I investigate how new demand and legislative drivers (for example global minimum energy use rules) are stranding property assets and how this threat can be countered through methods of adaptation.

3) Knowledge Management – inspired by the writing of Michael Polanyi, where I investigate the generation, dynamics and transference of tacit expertise in the face of new modes of learning, teaching and working (for example austerity and property tech).

I also work with Professor Paul Greenhalgh, conducting research into spatial modelling and dynamics of commercial property markets using information bi-products from national property valuation data and business rates.

PGR Supervision

Besmira Dyca Start: 01/10/2018


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