Ryan Powell


Ryan is a Reader in Urban Studies and Director of Research in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. He joined the Department in 2016, having worked for 14 years at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.  His academic background and orientation is multidisciplinary and cuts across urban studies, sociology, geography, politics and history.

Ryan has worked on studies for the ESRC, JRF, the Big Lottery Fund, DWP, CLG, Northern Ireland Executive, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, regional bodies, and various local authorities and charitable organisations. He is an Editorial Board member of the international journal Housing Studies, a Fellow of the Norbert Elias Foundation, and an Executive Committee member of the UK Housing Studies Association.

Research interests

Ryan’s research explores the socio-dynamics of unequal power relations and their consequences in terms of urban marginalisation, both contemporary and historical. This includes access to housing and employment as well as wider questions of citizenship, urbanization and the stigmatisation of “outsider” groups.  His most recent publications are:

Flint, J. and Powell, R. (2019, forthcoming) Class, Ethnicity and State in the Polarized Metropolis: Putting Wacquant to Work. London: Palgrave.

Powell, R. and van Baar, H. (2019) The invisibilization of anti-Roma racisms, in van Baar, H., Ivasiuc, A. and Kriede, R. (Eds) The Securitization of the Roma in Europe. London: Palgrave.

Cretan, R. and Powell, R. (2018) The power of group stigmatisation: wealthy Roma, urban space and strategies of defence in post-socialist Romania. International Journal of Urban and Regional ResearchView this article in WRRO