Urban governance, politics and planning
Work in the area of urban governance, politics and planning involves a range of policy-related research focused on understanding a wide variety of planning and regeneration problems at a variety of spatial scales.
This is achieved through the development of various methodological and theoretical innovations.
Examples of research in this area include:
- a number of projects focused on infrastructure development and planning, in Northern England and internationally (including China and Sydney)
- Asset Planning in Cities of the Global South (Ford Foundation) takes the asset accumulation/adaptation theoretical framework and links it to bottom-up community action planning practice to develop a novel approach to urban asset planning.
- critical interrogation of new spatial planning practices , including:
- how think tanks and other external actors seek to influence the future direction of national planning policy
- neoliberalisation and planning
- postpolitics, planning and urban protests
- the remaking of sub-regional and metropolitan scales of planning
- work on economic and environmental soft spaces (funded by the Hamburg Science Foundation).
- cycling and urban design guides
- Ecourbanisation in China (ESRC-funded)
- providing expert advice on metropolitan regions for the Assembly of European Regions
- the uneven impacts of austerity in Greater Manchester.
- work on the Northern Powerhouse and devolution in Greater Manchester, as part of the Devo Manc hub (ESRC IAA-funded).