Journalist and commentator
Anna Minton is an award-winning journalist and respected commentator, focusing on cities and social change. Her wide ranging focus spans criminology, social policy, architecture, planning and property. Her book about the privatisation of British cities, Ground Control, is published by Penguin.

A contributor to The Guardian, she writes for think tanks and policy organizations including The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Young Foundation, The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), Demos, The Smith Institute, Shelter and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). She was recently commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to write a thinkpiece on fear and distrust, which will be published on October 9.

She was closely involved with the international exhibition Shrinking Cities, funded by the German Cultural Federation and is the author of a number of reports which underpin her book, most notably What Kind of World Are We Building? The Privatisation of Public Space and Building Balanced Communities: The US and UK compared. She is a frequent conference speaker and broadcaster.



Fierce, incisive, important. Anyone who lives or works in a building should read this book.

Will Self
on Big Capital