Planning theory, policy and practice

This research theme encompasses both theoretical and practice-based aspects of planning.

The role of planning

Research undertaken within this theme broadly addresses the following questions:

  • What is the role of planning in modern society?
  • What is the role(s) of the planner in creating more sustainable places?
  • How can planning achieve more sustainable places through policy and practical exercise of power?

It includes issues of ethics, values, knowledge, power and professionalism, as well as policy development, planning law and the UK spatial planning system.

Research topics

Research topics include:

  • Planning theory and ideology
  • UK spatial planning system
  • Discursive framing and development of planning policy
  • Planning law, plan making and delivery
  • Planning for growth
  • Participation in planning


Current and completed projects relating to this theme include:

For more information about this research theme, please e-mail Dr Diane Hopkins.