New article published Post capitalst commons

Monday, August 15, 2016 Posted by

I have just had the following article published in the Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers: Building transitions to post-capitalist urban commons

New article published on community resilience

Monday, August 15, 2016 Posted by

Resilience, redundancy and low-carbon living: co-producing individual and community learning

Earthscan book on Lilac cohousing project out in August

Monday, March 3, 2014 Posted by


Low Impact Living

A Field Guide to Ecological, Affordable Community Building

By Paul Chatterton

Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

£24.99 paperback

*20% Discount ‐ Order online using discount code DC361*


This book is the inspirational story of one project that shows you how you can become involved in building and running your neighbourhood. The author, co‐founder of Lilac (Low Impact Living Affordable Community), explains how a group of people got together to build one of the most pioneering ecological, affordable cohousing neighbourhoods in the world.

The book is a story of perseverance, vision and passion, demonstrating how ordinary people can build their own affordable, ecological community. The book starts with the clear values that motivated and guided the project’s members: sustainability, co‐operativism, equality, social justice and self‐management. It outlines how they were driven by challenges and concerns over the need to respond to climate change and energy scarcity, the limits of the ‘business as usual’ model of pro‐growth economics, and the need to develop skills so that communities can determine and manage their own land and resources. The author’s story is interspersed with vignettes on topics such as decision making, landscaping, finance and design.

The book summarises academic debates on the key issues that informed the project, and gives technical data on energy and land issues as well as practical ‘how‐to’ guides on a range of issues such as designing meetings, budget planning and community agreements. Low Impact Living provides clear and easy to follow advice for community groups, practitioners, government, business and the development sector and is heavily illustrated with drawings and photographs from the architectural team.

“LILAC is a British exemplar that might even prove a template for many more, similar schemes. There’s much learning in these pages to be gleaned…. As to inspiration, you’re holding it in your hands.”

‐ Foreword by Kevin McCloud

Selected Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Motivations, Values and Challenges 3. Making it Happen 4. Low Impact Living: Designing and Building our Homes 5. Affordable: a Green Housing Revolution for All 6. Community: Co‐operating Collectively 7. Learning from Lilac

For more information on Low Impact Living, please visit:

Talk at TEDx lectures on Pioneering Lilac project

Thursday, October 10, 2013 Posted by

i recently did a lecture at the Ted talks in Leeds. Watch it here

New article out now on the ‘Post Carbon City’

Friday, January 4, 2013 Posted by

I have just recently finished writing an article on the pioneering Lilac cohousing development i am involved in. Its coming out in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research soon.

Chatterton, P (2013) Towards an agenda for post-carbon cities: Lessons from LILAC, the UK’s first ecological, affordable, cohousing community. International Journal for Urban and Regional Research . ISSN 0309-1317 (In Press)

Here is a draft to read.


Interview in Localflux magazine

Monday, July 16, 2012 Posted by

I recently did an interview in a great on line magazine called Localflux. Read it here.

Article out in new publication Atlas

Thursday, January 19, 2012 Posted by

There’s a rather cool new online publicationcalled Atlas. Ive written a piece. Read the article here.

Article reprinted in New book ‘Human Geography’

Friday, October 21, 2011 Posted by

One of my articles from 2006 in the journal Antipode called “Give up Activism” and Change the World in Unknown Ways: Or, Learning to Walk with Others on Uncommon Ground’ has been selected amongst only 82 other articles for inclusion in a five-volume major reference work just published called ‘Human Geography’ (part of the SAGE Fundamentals of Geography series edited by Derek Gregory and Noel Castree). The book looks great and is worth a look. See

New article out on Cities and Resilience

Monday, July 4, 2011 Posted by

I have just written an article with come colleagues form our Community research company ‘Leeds Love it Share it’ called ‘Building resilience and well-being in the Margins within the City’. You can download it and read a summary here


New Website Launched for journal ‘City’

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Posted by

For the last ten years I have been involved in the journal ‘City’ – one of the most cutting edge and critical journals in urban studies. We have just launched a new website with free article downloads, analysis and information.

See the website at:

City, Issue 14.6 December 2010