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Shelagh McNerney

Research Associate

Shelagh McNerney. M.Phil. Town Planning. (UCL). FRSA.

Shelagh is a regeneration & development professional with a love of cities and 30 years experience in both the public and private sector. She has a track record of bringing people together to solve problems & deliver investment. She combines public sector experience, private sector knowledge, current academic research credentials and a passion for people and places.

Shelagh has an extensive and diverse C.V. ranging from high-level strategy to practical build projects. This cuts across social and economic policy, education, economic development, architecture and property. She has led regeneration initiatives in Manchester City Council, led architecture and planning consultancy teams across the UK and established a new design and planning business. Shelagh continues to add value to public & private sector teams involved with all aspects of place making and development. She brings leadership, support and advocacy to teams seeking collaborative ways of working for the common good.

Shelagh worked with ResPublica to add value to the case for much needed investment in high-speed rail infrastructure in Liverpool City Region. Working with a range of stakeholders, city thinkers, economists, and politicians both locally and nationally. She is committed to helping re-configure the prospects for her home city.

She is working towards a Professional Doctorate at School of the Built Environment, University of Salford.

ResPublica Response to changes to the National Planning Policy Framework

The Government’s housing announcements on the 5th March were the first substantial change to the planning system since the Coalition reforms six years ago. The...

Food poverty: Time to lift the veil?

A century on from Charles Booth’s famous Poverty Map of London, accurate information on poverty has never been more important. So the findings of...

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ResPublica’s Response to the Industrial Strategy White Paper

Following the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016 and firing the starting gun for a string of sector...

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ResPublica’s Response to the Autumn Budget 2017

The second Budget of 2017 delivered by Philip Hammond following the abolition of the Autumn Statement, was widely trailed as a tight political tightrope for...

Child Protection in the Digital Age

I was delighted when the Government introduced its Digital Economy Bill in the last session which gave effect to the 2015 General Election manifesto commitment...

A stake in it for everyone; why Conservatives should support regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

FOBTs or B2 machines are highly addictive, one way we know this, according to research conducted by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, is that FOBT...

Championing renewed leadership in governance and business practice

It didn’t get to the point where we saw ‘Save Unilever’ held aloft on placards outside Downing Street, yet there was widespread unease about Kraft’s...

Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap...

Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...