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Dr Kevin Muldoon-Smith

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

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. My research focuses on adaptation and investment in the built environment and has evolved along three strands:

1) Strategic Public Sector Finance – where I investigate how land value and real estate income (for example, property tax, land value capture and commercial real estate Investment) is being used to fund public sector service delivery and policy objectives. I am particularly interested in the nature of property tax, its relationship with the changing world of work, and how this income can be retained for public policy objectives.

2) Stranded Assets in the Built Environment – where I investigate how new demand and legislative drivers are stranding property assets and how this threat can be countered through methods of adaptation. This research currently focuses on: a) developing holistic understandings of climate related stranded assets that combine physical assets and also financial cashflows b) developing better conceptual understandings of building vacancy and how this can be countered through new perspective of urban planning that enable the contemporary demand for building adaptation.

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

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 to work in the dynamic built environment.

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

Kevin Muldoon-Smith

Campus Address

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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research focuses on adaptation and investment in the built environment and has evolved along three strands:

1) Strategic Public Sector Finance – where I investigate how land value and real estate income (for example, property tax, land value capture and commercial real estate Investment) is being used to fund public sector service delivery and policy objectives. I am particularly interested in the nature of property tax, its relationship with the changing world of work, and how this income can be retained for public policy objectives.

2) Stranded Assets in the Built Environment – where I investigate how new demand and legislative drivers are stranding property assets and how this threat can be countered through methods of adaptation. This research currently focuses on: a) developing holistic understandings of climate related stranded assets that combine physical assets and also financial cashflows b) developing better conceptual understandings of building vacancy and how this can be countered through new perspective of urban planning that enable the contemporary demand for building adaptation.

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

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 to work in the dynamic built environment.

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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Grasping the nettle: the central–local constraints on local government funding in England, Muldoon-Smith, K., Sandford, M. 26 May 2021, In: Territory, Politics, Governance
  • How does the extension of existing transport infrastructure affect land value? A case study of the Tyne and Wear Light Transit Metro system, Pearson, J., Muldoon-Smith, K., Liu, H., Robson, S. 27 Oct 2021, In: Land Use Policy
  • Meaningful Transfer: Tech-knowlogical interdependencies in the digital built environment, Muldoon-Smith, K., Moreton, L., Kotter, R. 31 Aug 2021, In: Frontiers in Sustainable Cities
  • Planning Adaptation: Accommodating Complexity in the Built Environment, Muldoon-Smith, K., Moreton, L. 7 Oct 2021, In: Urban Planning
  • The New Distribution: Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Large Distribution Warehouse Premises in England and Wales, Greenhalgh, P., King, H., Muldoon-Smith, K., Ellis, J. 23 Sep 2021, In: Urban Planning
  • Transport Infrastructure Asset Resilience: Managing Government Capabilities, Liu, H., E.D. Love, P., Zhao, J., Lemckert, C., Muldoon-Smith, K. 1 Nov 2021, In: Transportation Research, Part D: Transport and Environment
  • Common Value: Transferring Development Rights to make room for water, Dyca, B., Muldoon-Smith, K., Greenhalgh, P. 1 Dec 2020, In: Environmental Science and Policy
  • Tacit Domains: The Transference of Practitioner Know‐How in Contemporary English Planning Practice, Muldoon-Smith, K., McGuinness, D. 16 Jul 2020, In: Area
  • Using GIS to Explore the Potential of Business Rating Data to Analyse Stock and Value Change for Land Administration: A Case Study of York, Greenhalgh, P., King, H., Muldoon-Smith, K., Adebayo, A., Ellis, J. 12 May 2020, In: ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
  • Beyond natural vacancy: evidencing vacancy throughout market segments, Muldoon-Smith, K., Greenhalgh, P., Frodsham, M. 4 Jul 2019, 26th Annual Conference of the European Real Estate Society

PGR Supervision

  • Jane Stonehouse Who needs a workspace: employee productivity and the built environment in the 21st century. Start Date: 15/09/2021
  • Besmira Dyca Rethinking Land and Water Policy for Flood Risk Mitigation: Investigating the Role of Active Land Policy in Making Room for Water in Nijmegen Start Date: 01/10/2018

Qualifications

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


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