Caitlin Morrissey

Caitlin Morrissey


Personal profile


I am a third year joint PhD student at the University of Manchester and the University of Melbourne working on a project called Making up the global city: The financing and governing of urban infrastructural futures.

In this research, I explore how infrastructure is used to ‘make up’ the global city in Manchester and Melbourne. Here, ‘making up’ the global city refers to the global city aspirations that are ‘made up’ or imagined by different actors and the processes through which these aspirations come to be physically ‘made up’ through infrastructure.

I am supervised by Prof. Kevin Ward and Dr. Aurora Fredriksen at the University of Manchester, and Prof. Michele Acuto and A/Prof. Crystal Legacy at the University of Melbourne. 

I am a member of the Cities, Politics and Economies Research Group and I convene a bi-monthly reading group for international urban studies researchers. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Urban Design and City Planning, Distinction, The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (University of London)


Bachelor of Arts, Geography, First Class Honours, King's College London


Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General)
  • global cities
  • urban futures
  • urban infrastructure
  • infrastructural governance

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures