Holly is a project learning researcher at the Young Foundation, working on the evaluation of the Sport England Local Delivery Pilot in Hackney. The project’s aim is to improve the health and well-being of residents in the King’s Park ward of Hackney, through the agency of physical activity.
Holly is an experienced urban planner, who is passionate about people-centred planning and creating places where people can be healthy and active. She is currently working on a PhD, researching child-friendly neighbourhoods, and exploring the factors that affect children’s experiences of their neighbourhoods and how these impact on their well-being. She takes a predominantly qualitative approach to my research, using a mix of methods, and cutting across various disciplines, including transport, planning, environmental psychology and geography.
Previously, Holly worked in various planning policy roles within London, including at the Greater London Authority, specialising in healthy places and the provision of social infrastructure, and managing the planning policy team at Royal Greenwich. She was also a peer reviewer on the NHS England Healthy New Towns project, and has supported research into child-friendly neighbourhood design with ZCD Architects.
Holly holds an MA in Planning and Sustainability from Kingston University, where she specialised in estate regeneration. She holds a BA in Psychology & Linguistics from the University of Reading. She is also a qualified UK Athletics running coach.