Dr Cara Courage

Independent researcher

Cara is an arts, urban and placemaking researcher and practitioner based in Brighton. She has been listening to The Archers for around 15 years but grew up with the programme on her grandmothers farm on Exmoor. She talks about the pleasure and plain of her Archers fandom in a talk My BDSM relationship with The Archers. 

caracourage.net / @caracourage


Dr Nicola Headlam 

University of oxford 

Dr Nicola Headlam is the Urban Transformations & Foresight Future of Cities Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow, funded by the ESRC. She is an adaptable urbanist with expertise in city governance, economic development and urban policy and is an experienced researcher. Her core research interests include; the role of public agencies in place, specifically subnational spatial and urban policy and the role of leadership and partnerships. Nicola is passionate about role of universities in public policy and practice, knowledge mobilisation; transfer, exchange and co-production.

@networknicola / Urban Transformations  


Dr Peter Matthews 

University of stirling

Peter is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of
Stirling. He has a research interest in urban inequalities and how policy can either exacerbate or tackle these. Recent research includes a review of the impact of middle-class activism, and the links between poverty and social networks. He is an editor of the journal Local Government Studies and leader of the Public Services and Governance research group. He started listening to The Archers about eight years ago when he found himself locked in his boyfriend’s flat on a Sunday morning.



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