Dr Heather Barrett


Deputy Head of School and Principal Lecturer (Geography, Archaeology and Heritage Studies)

Environmental Science

Contact Details

email: h.barrett@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 85 5191


PhD Urban Geography (Birmingham, 1996)

BA (Hons) Geography (Portsmouth Polytechnic, 1989)


Heather's main teaching and research interests relate to urban geography and planning. She is particularly interested in urban conservation and the tensions that exist between the desire to preserve urban heritage and the impulses for change and regeneration in cities. In addition to publishing research in this area, Heather recently co-authored a key urban geography textbook, which has been informed by her undergraduate teaching at Worcester.

Heather is a University of Worcester Teaching Fellow and has undertaken pedagogic research which has drawn on the teaching that she does at Worcester. In particular, Heather is interested in the development of graduate employability in higher education curricula, and her research in this area has fed into the work that she does in relation to the development of academic tutoring programmes in Geography and Archaeology and Heritage Studies and also her teaching in core modules such as Applying Geography. Externally, Heather is a committee member of the Higher Education Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society, which links together geographers across the country engaged in learning and teaching research.

Heather also has a substantive management role within the Institute of Science and the Environment, being responsible for the co-ordination of the Institutes work in the areas of learning and teaching and quality enhancement, which involves working across a number of subject areas.

Teaching & Research

Current Teaching


  • BA Archaeology and Heritage Studies
  • BA Human Geography
  • BSc Geography


Archaeology and Heritage Studies:

  • ARCH 2035/3035 / GEOG 2035/3035 Architecture and the Built Heritage
  • ARCH 2036/3036 / GEOG 2036/3036 Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • ARCH 3006 Extension Module
  • ARCH 3001/2 Independent Study


  • GEOG 2021 - Urban Geography
  • GEOG 3026 - Town and Country Planning
  • GEOG 3040 - Applying Geography
  • GEOG 3001/2 Independent Study

Research Interests

  • Urban Geography
  • Urban Conservation/Heritage Planning
  • Learning and Teaching (Employability, Blended Learning, Fieldwork)

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Member of the academic study groups; Urban Geography Study Group, Higher Education Research Group, Planning and Environment Study Group, Social and Cultural Geography Study Group, Women and Geography Study Group.

Committee Member of Higher Education Research Group (HERG)


Hall, T. and Barrett, H. (2012) `Urban worlds in Daniels, P., Bradshaw, M., Shaw, D. and Sidaway, J. (eds) An Introduction to Human Geography, 4th Edition, Pearson.

Hall, T. and Barrett, H. (2012) Urban Geography (4th Edition), Routledge

Mitra, B., Lewin-Jones, J., Barrett, H. and Williamson, S. (2010) `The use of video to enable deep learning Research in Post-Compulsory Education 15(4).

Mitra, B., Lewin-Jones, J., Barrett, H. and Williamson, S. (2009) `Evaluating the use of video in learning and teaching in Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching 2.

Barrett, H. (2008) `PDP and employability in the geography curriculum Case study for the Geography Earth and Environmental Sciences on-line resource repository.

Barrett, H. (2006) PDP and employability activities in the geography curriculum in The Higher Education Academy Personal Development Planning and Employability, HEA.

Barrett, H., Storey, D. and Yarwood, R. (2003) Development through partnership: LEADER II in the Marches in Diry, J P (ed) Innovations in Rural Areas CERAMAC.

Barrett, H., Storey, D. and Yarwood, R. (2001) From market place to marketing place: retail change in small country towns Geography Vol.86 (2).

Barrett, H. and Larkham, P. (1998) Conservation under the Conservatives in Allmendinger, P and Thomas, H (eds) Urban Planning and the British New Right, Routledge.

Barrett, H. and Larkham, P. (1994) Disguising development: Facadism in city centres Research Paper Series 11, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Central England.

Barrett, H. (1993) Investigating townscape change and management in urban conservation areas: the importance of detailed monitoring of planned alterations Town Planning Review Vol.64 (4).

University Roles and External Responsibilities

Institute of Science and the Environment:

Associate Head (Systems) of the ISE

Member of the ISE Senior Management Team

Member of Institute Board

Member of Institute Quality Committee

Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator and Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee for ISE


Elected Staff Governor on the UW Board of Governors and Audit Sub-Committee

University Teaching Fellow

Member of Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement Committee

Member of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee

Member of Worcester Cathedral/UW Liaison Group

Member of Hereford Cathedral/UW Liaison Group

External Responsibilities:

Member of Worcester Civic Society (Chair of the Policy Panel and Executive Committee Member)

Member of the George Marshall Museum@WRI Advisory Board