Postgraduate opportunities in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments

The Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments (SPE) welcomes applications from students wanting to gain a PhD in any of the following themes:

  • Urban regeneration
  • Regional development
  • Brownfield land
  • Local governance
  • Urban design
  • Emancipatory design
  • Inclusive placemaking
  • Urban resilience and climate change
  • Community involvement
  • Community spaces/asset
  • Community-led and alternative housing
  • Co-production of green infrastructure
  • Ethics and planning theory
  • Values in regulation/decision-making
  • Planning for multi-faith/multiculture
  • Cemeteries, deathscape and memorialisation
  • Youth masterplans
  • Land regeneration
  • Street trees
  • Green infrastructure planning
  • Green infrastructure management and maintenance
  • Human responses to green infrastructure
  • Interactions between the environment, and health and wellbeing
  • Urban meadows as a nature-based solution
  • Nature connectedness
  • Participatory governance in the global south  
  • Urban design in the Middle East
  • Comparative study (European Union)

For further information about these research areas please email Danielle Sinnett at

Visit our postgraduate research study information to apply for a research opportunity or view more opportunities.

Postgraduate courses

The SPE staff contributes teaching to the following courses:

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