Quality of Research
Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
|Town and Country Planning (H31)||42.40||4||3||2||1||UC|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
|Town and Country Planning|
|University of Leeds||88.62|
|University of Newcastle upon Tyne||78.12|
|Oxford Brookes University||71.72|
|University of Cambridge||59.658|
|University College London||59.625|
|University of the West of England, Bristol||57.575|
|University of Sheffield||50.15|
|University of Manchester||48.33|
|Sheffield Hallam University||47.94|
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The School of City and Regional Planning is the only planning school in the UK to have been awarded the top research rating in all previous Research Assessment Exercises. The School plays a leading international role in its fields of expertise and its research has an agenda-setting influence in key debates on the development, management and sustainability of cities and regions.
It is one of the most diverse and interdisciplinary planning school in the world, thanks in part to a distinctive approach to research. Priority research themes are examined across multiple scales and sectors, thereby working to generate knowledge that informs all levels of academic scholarship, policy-making, and professional practice.
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Research is structured around five large research groups: environment; housing; spatial analysis; spatial planning and city environments; and urban and regional governance. The broadly based research activity across the groups draws heavily upon interdisciplinary social science and research outputs fall under one or more of the following themes: sustainability; social inclusion; governance and planning; and innovation and regeneration.
With its international links and research profile the School provides a rich and lively scholarly environment in which to conduct postgraduate research. There are around 30 full-time PhD students in the School. The School has been awarded ESRC recognition for both 1+ 3 and +3 PhD programmes (the former including an initial year on the MSc in Social Science Research Methods).
The School runs, or co-runs with other Schools, eight Research Centres, providing platforms for sustained programmes of funded research and interdisciplinary work:
- Regeneration Institute (joint with the School of Social Sciences);
- Urban China Research Centre;
- Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Space;
- Centre for Advanced Social Studies;
- Centre for Education in the Built Environment;
- Centre for Local and Regional Government Research;
- Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
- Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research and Data.
With an average annual research income of £1.7M, over 40 active researchers from eleven countries, plans for a significant expansion of its physical environment and seven exciting new appointments in the coming year, the School looks forward to more years of success as one of the most active and respected of the world’s top planning schools.