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 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:
- Improving the post-decision planning process to deliver better places in the West of England
- Young planner’s expectations and motivations
- Use classes order and permitted development rights Wales: A review
- ESRC Seminar Series "Reunited planning and Health: tackling the implementation gaps in evidence, governance and knowledge"
- Planning enforcement England: At the crossroads
- South Gloucestershire Council and Healthy Urban Planning
- urbanApi - urban planning tools and intelligence for integrated urban governance
- Location of economic activities and sustainable development in territories
- Preparatory study for a seminar on urban-rural linkages fostering social cohesion
- Small and medium-sized towns in functional territorial context (TOWN)
- The attractiveness of European Regions and Cities for Residents and Visitors (ATTREG)
For more information about this research theme, please e-mail Dr Diane Hopkins.