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Dr Kevin Muldoon-Smith

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Kevin Muldoon-Smith is an Associate Professor in Strategic Public Sector Finance and Urban Adaptation

My research has evolved along three strands:

1) Strategic Public Sector Finance – where I investigate international systems of local government finance to consider how the sector can be more resilient. I am particularly interested in how systems of sub-national governance evolve and transition into new modes of interaction with the state, and how this interacts with land and property.

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 urban adaptation and building based adaptive re-use. This research currently focuses on developing better conceptual understandings of building vacancy and how this vacancy can be countered through new perspectives 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 in the digital 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

Kevin Muldoon-Smith is an Associate Professor in Strategic Public Sector Finance and Urban Adaptation

My research has evolved along three strands:

1) Strategic Public Sector Finance – where I investigate international systems of local government finance to consider how the sector can be more resilient. I am particularly interested in how systems of sub-national governance evolve and transition into new modes of interaction with the state, and how this interacts with land and property.

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 urban adaptation and building based adaptive re-use. This research currently focuses on developing better conceptual understandings of building vacancy and how this vacancy can be countered through new perspectives 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 in the digital built environment.

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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Are Energy Performance Certificates a meaningful tool for understanding fossil fuel related stranded assets in the built environment: an experimental analysis of energy performance labelling in England, Muldoon-Smith, K., Greenhalgh, P., Kirk, M., Pearson, J. 25 Jan 2024, Sustainable Communities Through Digital Transformation in Built Environment, Routledge
  • A Systematic Analysis of Local Government Finance in Japan, Muldoon-Smith, K., Forbes, C., Pearson, J., Sandford, M. 23 Jan 2024
  • Learning from local government finance across the world: Proposals for improving the financial resilience of local government in England, Muldoon-Smith, K., Sandford, M., Walker, A., Stride, G. 30 Jan 2024
  • Situations vacant: A novel framework of commercial property vacancy for building adaptation and re-use, Muldoon-Smith, K., Greenhalgh, P., Stonehoue, J., Moreton, L., Pearson, J. 25 Jan 2024, Sustainable Communities Through Digital Transformation in Built Environment, Routledge
  • A system-wide analysis of local government finance in Italy, Muldoon-Smith, K., Forbes, C., Pearson, J., Sandford, M. 26 Oct 2023
  • Bounded autonomy: A system wide perspective of local government finance in Germany, Muldoon-Smith, K., Pearson, J., Sandford, M. 6 Aug 2023
  • Grasping the nettle: the central–local constraints on local government funding in England, Muldoon-Smith, K., Sandford, M. 17 Nov 2023, In: Territory, Politics, Governance
  • The Limitations of Local Government Finance in England: A System Wide Perspective, Muldoon-Smith, K., Forbes, C., Pearson, J. 6 Jun 2023
  • Unlocking Value: the impact of traditional valuation practices on the number of vacant retail units in the built environment, Johnson, L., Muldoon-Smith, K., Greenhalgh, P. 11 Sep 2023, In: Environment and Planning F
  • Who needs a workplace: accommodating employee experience of the new hybrid-built environment in the 21st century, Stonehouse, J., Muldoon-Smith, K. 6 Mar 2023, 29th Annual European Real Estate Society Conference

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: World Built Environment Forum (RICS) 2024
  • Invited talk: Invited talk: Local Government Information Unit, Ask the Expert 2024
  • Other: Invited expert discussant BBC Radio Leeds: Local Government Finance in Leeds 2023
  • Other: Invited expert commentary for Washington Post: Local Government Finance 2023
  • Other: Invited expert commentary for Bloomberg: The state of local government finances 2023
  • Other: Invited contribution to APPG on office to residential conversion. 2023
  • Invited talk: Invited advice session to Local Government Finance team in Department of Levelling up Communities and Housing. 2023
  • Invited talk: Invited departmental talk on local government finance in England 2023
  • Invited talk: Invited Talk: Durham University, What is the Future of Local Government 2023
  • Invited talk: Invited talk: Leicester University, Geographies of Green Evaluation and Devaluation 2023

  • Patrick Nwoko Application of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as a land use planning tool for better flood risk planning in Sagbama District, Bayelsa state, Nigeria: A case study of the Niger-Delta Development Master Plan Start Date: 21/02/2023
  • 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 End Date: 23/12/2022
  • Jane Stonehouse Who needs a workspace: accommodating employee experience of the new hybrid-built built environment in the 21st century. Start Date: 15/09/2021

  • Other Courses MSc June 30 2012
  • Cultural Studies MSc June 30 2004


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