Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

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I am Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.

My work has been on urban, regional and environmental topics. I have contributed to theoretical debates, to work on central and local government policy, and to work on household responses including protest and individual behaviours. I have conducted research in both western and eastern Europe and comparative analysis has been a particular interest.

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Room E122
Cornwallis East
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Publications

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Article
Pickvance, C. (2017). 'Kentish Gothic' or imported? Understanding a group of early 15th century tracery-carved medieval chests in Kent and Norfolk. Archaeologia Cantiana 138:105-128.
Pickvance, C. (2015). A Study of Medieval iron-bound 'domed standard' chests in Kent. Archaeologia Cantiana [Online] 136:141-162. Available at: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/280287305_A_study_of_medieval_iron-bound_domed_standard_chests_in_Kent_Archaeologia_Cantiana_136_2015_141-162%2A.
Pickvance, C. (2015). The slow arrival of renaissance influence on English furniture: a study of the 1519 Silkstede, Shanklin and the 1539 Garstang, Cirencester chests. Regional Furniture 29:101-130.
Pickvance, C. (2014). The tracery-carved, clamp-fronted, medieval chest at St Mary Magdalen Chrurch, Oxford in comparative North-West European perspective. Antiquaries Journal [Online] 94:153-171. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003581514000237.
Pickvance, C. (2012). Medieval domed chests in Kent: a contribution to a national and international study. Regional Furniture [Online] 26:105-147. Available at: https://regionalfurnituresociety.org/journal/.
Pickvance, C. (2009). Choice or coercion: dilemmas of sustainable social housing. A study of two developments in Kent. Local Environment [Online] 14:207-214. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549830802522095.
Pickvance, C. (2009). The construction of UK sustainable housing policy and the role of pressure groups. Local Environment [Online] 14:329-345. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549830902764712.
Pickvance, C. (2007). Medieval tracery-carved clamp-fronted chests: the 'Kentish Gothic' chests of Rainham, Faversham and Canterbury in comparative perspective. Regional Furniture [Online] 21:67-94. Available at: https://regionalfurnituresociety.org/.
Pickvance, C. (2007). Urban Sociology: Critical Essays: author's response (Textbooks that moved generations). Progress in Human Geography [Online] 31:548-549. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309132507079504.
Pickvance, C. (2003). From urban social movements to urban movements: a review and introduction to a symposium on urban movements. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research [Online] 27:103-109. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.00434.
Pickvance, C. (2002). Local economic situation, local environmental mobilization and local government environmental policy in Hungary. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 4:87-102.
Pickvance, C. (2002). Local government environmental policy implementation in Hungary. European Environment [Online] 12:90-104. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eet.285.
Pickvance, C. (2001). Inaction, individual action and collective action as responses to housing dissatisfaction: a comparative study of Budapest and Moscow. Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 23 :179-206.
Pickvance, C. (2001). Four varieties of comparative analysis. Journal of Housing and Built Environment 16:7-28.
Pickvance, C. (2000). Local-level influences on environmental policy implementation in Eastern Europe: a theoretical framework and a Hungarian case study. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy [Online] 18:469-485. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/c9811j.
Pickvance, C. (1999). Democratisation and the decline of social movements: The effects of regime change on collective action in Eastern Europe, Southern Europe and Latin America. Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association [Online] 33:353-372. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/S0038038599000218.
Pickvance, C. (1998). The origins of the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies, or the advantages of owning the title and having charitable status in the running of journals. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research [Online] 22:676-678. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.00170.
Pickvance, C. (1997). Decentralization and democracy in Eastern Europe: A sceptical approach. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy [Online] 17:129-142. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/c150129.
Pickvance, C. (1996). J. Clyde Mitchell (1918-1995). International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 20:U1-U2.
Pickvance, C. (1995). Research in urban sociology, vol 3, 1993 - urban sociology in transition - Hutchinson,R. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 24:234-235.
Pickvance, C. (1995). European challenges and hungarian responses in regional policy - hajdu,z, horvath,g. Regional Studies 29:712-712.
Pickvance, C. (1995). Mobilizing the community - local-politics in the era of the global city - fisher,r, kling,j. Housing Studies 10:573-575.
Pickvance, C. and Pickvance, K. (1995). The role of family help in the housing decisions of young-people. Sociological Review 43:123-149.
Pickvance, C. (1994). Urban sociology, capitalism and modernity - savage,m, warde,a. Work Employment & Society 8:127-130.
Pickvance, C. (1994). Housing privatization and housing protest in the transition from state socialism - a comparative-study of Budapest and Moscow. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research [Online] 18:433-450. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.1994.tb00277.x.
Pickvance, C. and Pickvance, K. (1994). Towards a Strategic Approach to Housing Behaviour: A Study of Young People's Housing Strategies in South-East England . Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association [Online] 28:657-677. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038594028003002.
Book section
Pickvance, C. (2018). Types and Uses: medievel furniture in social context. in: A Cultural History of Furniture II, The Middle Ages and Renaissance (500-1500). London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Pickvance, C. (2014). A chest in St Patrick's cathedral, Dublin. in: Art and Architecture of Ireland. Dublin: Yale University Press for Royal Irish Academy.
Pickvance, C. (2013). Was the US subprime crisis the prime mover? The limits of the 'critical urbanist' interpretation of the UK financial crisis. in: Fujita, K. ed. Cities and Crisis: New critical urban theory. London: Sage Publications Ltd, pp. 84-113.
Pickvance, C. (2011). The limits of neoliberalism: is the concept of neoliberalism helpful in the study of urban policy? in: Künkel, J. and Mayer, M. eds. Neoliberal Urbanism and its Contestations. Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=409426.
Pickvance, C. (2007). The impact of social policy. in: Baldock, J. C., Manning, N. and Vickerstaff, S. eds. Social Policy Third edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 657-684 .
Pickvance, C. (2007). Housing and housing policy. in: Baldock, J. C., Manning, N. and Vickerstaff, S. eds. Social Policy, Third edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 508-540.
Pickvance, C. (2006). Urbanism. in: Scott, J. ed. Sociology: the key concepts . London: Routledge:Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 189-192 .
Pickvance, C. (2006). The role of central government policy and local mobilisation in addressing urban problems. in: Planlama,siyaset, siyasslar. Izmir, Turkey: Dokuz Eylul Universitesi, pp. 55-73.
Pickvance, C. (2003). On the study of urban social movements. in: Webster, F. and Dimitrou, B. eds. Manuel Castells . London: Sage, pp. 57-73.
Pickvance, C. (2003). The impact of social policy'. in: Baldock, J. C., Manning, N. and Vickerstaff, S. eds. Social Policy, Second edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 607-629.
Pickvance, C. (2003). A review of M. Castells, The City and the Grassroots. in: Webster, F. and Dimitrou, B. eds. Manuel Castells. London: Sage, pp. 185-188.
Pickvance, C. (2003). Housing and housing policy. in: Baldock, J. C., Manning, N. and Vickerstaff, S. eds. Social Policy, Second edition. Oxford : Oxford University Press, pp. 486-518 .
Pickvance, C. (2003). Review of M. Castells, La Question Urbaine. in: Webster, F. and Dimitrou, B. eds. Manuel Castells. London: Sage, pp. 14-17.
Pickvance, C. (2002). State socialism, post-socialism and their urban patterns: theorising the Central and Eastern European experience. in: Eade, J. and Mele, C. eds. Understanding the City: Contemporary and Future Perspectives. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 183-203.
Book
Pickvance, C. (2003). Local Environmental Regulation in Post-Socialism: a Hungarian Case Study. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
Research report (external)
Pickvance, C. and Ashenhurst, A. (2010). Slipping through the net: Homeless people in Kent. School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.
Pickvance, C. and Chautard, G. (2006). A comparative evaluation of incentives, obstacles and attitudes to sustainable housing in Kent and Nord/Pas de Calais. [Online]. Urban and Regional Studies Unit, SSPSSR, University of kent. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/research/centres/urban-regional/index.html.
Pickvance, C. and Chautard, G. (2006). Une évaluation comparative des incitations, obstacles et perceptions du logement durable dans le Kent et le Nord/Pas de Calais. [Online]. Urban and Regional Studies Unit, SSPSSR, University of Kent. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/research/centres/urban-regional/index.html.
Review
Pickvance, C. (2014). A Review of "All that is solid: the great housing disaster", By Danny Dorling. International Journal of Housing Policy [Online] 14:446-448. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2014.967911.
Pickvance, C. (2007). Right to accommodation, genesis and sociology of a mobilisation. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 31:237-239.
Pickvance, C. (1998). A change of system: Housing system transformation and neighbourhood change in Budapest. Urban Studies 35:1611-1612.
Pickvance, C. (1997). Issues regarding housing - French - Ascher,F. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 21:149-150.
Pickvance, C. (1997). Economic restructuring of the former Soviet bloc: The case of housing - Struyk,RJ. European Urban and Regional Studies 4:286-288.
Total publications in KAR: 49 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

My research has covered topics ranging from the macro (state structure, and government urban and regional policies), to the meso (local government urban and environmental policies) to the micro (urban and environmental protest, young people's housing choices, households' action and inaction in the face of environmental and housing deprivations.) Recent work has been on sustainable housing and homelessness. Linking all these topics is a concern with power, inequalities of outcome, and how people respond to them. My work usually relates to local, urban and regional contexts.

I have written on urban social theory and carried out empirical studies of theoretically inspired questions. I have written extensively on urban protest and worked on Eastern Europe and the local realities of housing and environmental protest and local environmental policy implementation. A related area of interest is neighbourhood, “community”, social networks, and life styles.

I believe in keeping a close link between theory and research. This has led me to write a number of methodological papers, e.g. on comparative analysis, where it seemed to me that methodological conventions were predetermining analytical conclusions in an unacceptable way.

Since retiring I have developed a new research interest in furniture history, especially pre-1700, which has a strong sociological and cross-national comparative dimension due to the flows of migrant craftsmen, and ideas, and trade in goods.

Most recent research grants

  • Homeless provision in Kent (with Andy Ashenhurst) (Porchlight)
  • A comparative evaluation of incentives, obstacles and attitudes to sustainable housing in Kent and Nord/Pas de Calais (Moat Housing Assocation)
  • Environmental and housing movements in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (with N. Manning and K. Pickvance) (ESRC)
  • Local environmental regulation in Hungary (with K. Pickvance) (ESRC).

For details of publications from the ESRC project, visit the ESRC website .

Supervision
I am continuing to supervise students who started before 2011/12 but I am not taking on new students.
I have supervised work in Turkey, Brazil, Algeria, Mexico, Russia, China as well as in Europe west and east, and am currently supervising work in Netherlands, Belgium, Russia and the UK. Topics focus on some (macro, meso or micro) aspect of the social, economic or political processes affecting households, neighbourhoods, cities, or regions. include urban poverty, housing, squatter settlements, urban protest, town planning, urban renewal, local government policy.

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Teaching

I am no longer giving lecture courses. My main undergraduate teaching was on The City (which covers urban planning, urban policy, and urban problems in the UK) and Urban Sociology (a comparative module which includes former state socialist cities). At postgraduate level I contributed to modules in the MA in Methods of Social Research and the MA in Environmental Social Science.

I continue to supervise PhD students, but am not taking on new students.

Current and recent PhD students:

  • Penny Bernard: Heritage-led regeneration in Canterbury and Chatham
  • Anja Bobrowicz: Women’s mobilization in Russia
  • Uwe Derksen: Culture-led regeneration in Folkestone and Margate
  • Maria Schiller: Governing diversity in Belgium, Netherlands and the UK: a three city comparison
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Last Updated: 28/11/2016