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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LBC

LBC

November 2020

Steve spoke to Nick Ferrari on the breakfast programme about the challenge for the railway of getting everyone home safely for Christmas.

Rail Professional

Rail Professional

November 2020

The end of franchising risks reducing passenger consultation in how the railway is run. Steve explains how it is also an opportunity to do better.

BBC Radio London

BBC Radio London

October 2020

Steve reviewed the newspapers with Vanessa Feltz. He chose stories about how London's economy and transport are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Steve is based in London. He holds United Kingdom, Czech Republic and European Union citizenship.

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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.

Read the latest posts from the Steve Chambers Blog

Top deck of a bus at night

Transport for London’s underwhelming new app TfL Go is still big news

5 August 2020

Like being back in the early days of smartphone apps

High speed train

Why is Britain unable to imagine a high-speed future?

14 July 2020

It is an uncontroversial reality in much of the world

Two scooters left against a wall

Government has botched the regulation of e-scooters

1 July 2020

New measures fail to solve their problems

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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