University of Reading – Henley Business School / Director of Research Real Estate & Planning

Kathy Pain took her PhD diploma in Town Planning from the University of Reading.

Kathy’s research focuses on sustainable global city development, governance and planning in the contemporary networked world economy. She is the Co-Director of the Globalization and World Cities Network (GaWC) heading up Global City Planning, a Fellow of the Young Foundation, London, and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) ‘Vision for Cities’ Global Sustainability Task Group.

Her research covers four interrelated theoretical-empirical strands: urbanization, agglomeration and city integration in the networked world economy; emergent functional and global urban location strategies of specialized international financial and linked business services networks; intersections between the global geographies of international financial services firms and real estate investment flows; and global “mega-city region” economic and spatial development, sustainability, governance and policy.