Campaigns, community, built environment and transport

Steve Chambers Consulting

Steve Chambers

Steve provides consultancy services for organisations working in the built environment and transport sectors with a focus on non-profits. He helps organisations meaningfully engage with communities to make places better.

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CityMetric

CityMetric

February 2020

Steve contributed a piece for CityMetric entitled 'Boris Johnson has promised “London-style” bus services for other cities. So where’s the money coming from?'

Wired

Wired

February 2020

Steve was interviewed for this Wired piece about buses. He talked about how we need to watch for how new money will be spent in the upcoming National Bus Strategy.

BBC London News

BBC London News

January 2020

Steve commented on trials of closing streets to motor traffic.

He said the key thing is to learn and adapt.

London South Bank University

London South Bank University

January 2020

Steve will be teaching part of the Town and Country Planning MA (Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobilities) and Urban and Environmental Planning BA (Transport and Mobilities) programmes.

BBC Radio London

BBC Radio London

December 2019

Steve was interviewd by Petrie Hosken on the BBC Radio London breakfast programme.

He answered questions about transport policy in the political party manifestos and the role of guards on trains.

Evidence to Exist Research Group

Evidence to Exist

November 2019

Steve became a Director of the Evidence to Exist Research Group, a social enterprise of research and evaluation.

Biography

At heart, Steve is an urban planner, working to help people understand the planning system and make their voices heard.

Through this perspective he changes people and places as a lecturer, researcher and campaigner.

He is interested in governance and policy, from the strategic to the hyper-local, primarily focused on planning and transport.

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Expertise

Neighbourhood action

Community rights to bid, build and prepare a neighbourhood plan.

Developing strategy

Strategic transport planning, with walking, bus and rail specialisations.

Campaigns

Compelling activity to make big and small changes happen.

Future transit

Emerging transit technology, such as MaaS and shared mobility.

Portfolio

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Case study 1: New campaign creation

Steve developed a new campaign to build a movement around improvements to rail services in England. The campaign was created to achieve buy-in with high levels of social media interaction, including innovative use of polls.

Supporters were encouraged to inform every part of the campaign including the name and priorities. These strategies were used to connect with communities over a wide area with competing needs from the railway system.

  • Role: Transport, Strategy, Communications, Social media, Supporter engagagement
  • Client: A national campaiging charity
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Case study 2: Community network building

Steve supported the creation of a statutory neighbourhood planning forum for Soho, London. The area has a crowded stakeholder environment with competing interests, power, legitimacy, resource and trust levels. Steve brought these stakeholders to the table and helped them begin the process of creating a neighbourhood plan.

Crucial to the success of the project was a widening of engagement beyond the ‘usual suspects’ which was achieved through online and outdoor engagement. As the project formed part of the evidence base of the neighbourhood plan there was focus on recording and analysis.

  • Role: Urban planning, Community engagement, Network building, Analysis and reporting
  • Client: A small local charity
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