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Dr Huw Thomas

Dr Huw Thomas


Room 2.57, Glamorgan Building


I have long had research interests in issues of social justice and equal opportunities in relation to urban planning and development. Much of my research has looked at race equality and planning.

In recent years I have added to these  interests in research ethics, the evident tensions in contemporary higher education and, especially, the education of the professions.

Innovation and Engagement

Columnist in RTPI Wales journal.

Invited member of RTPI Wales's shortlisting panel for 'Best Places in Wales' competition, 2016.


Dr Huw Thomas gave a presentation at the AHRC Faith and Place Network 2015 seminar entitled 'Faith and Planning: Explorations'.

Click on the video below to view the presentation:

Dr Huw Thomas - Faith and Place Network 2015 from Television Roehampton on Vimeo.



  • BA Hons Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University (1977)
  • MPhil Town Planning, University College London (1979)
  • PhD City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University (2009)
  • Certificate in Curriculum Design, Oxford Brookes University (1989)


  • Assistant Planner / Planner / Senior Planner, Cardiff City Council, (1980 - 1988)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Planning, Oxford Brookes University, (1988 - 1993)
  • Lecturer, Department of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, (1993 - 1995)
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, (1995 - 1999)
  • Reader, Department of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, (1999 - Present)

Memberships / External Activities

  • Member, Editorial Board, International Planning Studies
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events
  • Refereeing (in recent years) :Environment and Planning A; Environment and Planning B; Environment and Planning CEnvironmental Values; Gwerddon; Housing ,Theory and Society; International Journal of Hospitality Management; International Planning Studies; Journal of Planning Education and Research; Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events; Planning Theory; Planning Theory and Practice;Tourism Management ; Town Planning Review; Urban Policy and Research; Urban Studies. 
  • Track Chair, Planning Theory track, UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, 2016

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society
  • Member, Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Fellow, Higher Education Association


















Research Group Membership

Spatial Planning and City Environments (SPACE).

Interests / Areas of Expertise

Equal opportunities (including accessible environments), urban regeneration, planning processes and procedures, planning theory, planning history, professional education, values and professionalism


  • Land Use Futures (2015)
  • Review of Design and Access Statements in Wales (2013)
  • A New Approach to Development Management in Wales (2012)
  • Routes to employment for unemployed graduates, Higher Education Academy Wales (2011)
  • Reflecting on reflection ... as a basis for better focused teaching and learning, CEBE (2011)
  • The Impact of the Ethical Framework for Local Government, Standards Board for England (2008-2013)
  • Supporting Part-time Students, HEFCW (2009)
  • Small Businesses and the Planning System in Wales, Federation of Small Businesses (2008 - 2009)
  • Review of Community Enterprise Wales, CEW (2005)
  • Planning and Diversity, ODPM (2003)
  • Teaching Equal Opportunities in the Built Environment, CEBE (2002 - 2003)
  • Design for Diversity, Welsh Development Agency (2002)
  • Social Innovation, Governance and Community Building, EC (2001 - 2005)
  • Methodology for Spatial Planning, National Assembly for Wales (2001)
  • The Quality of Development Plans, RTPI (1999 - 2000)
  • Lottery Funding and Coalfield Areas, DCMS (1999)
  • The Multi-Ethnic City, E.C. (1998 - 1999)

PhD Supervision

In the last few years, the following students successfully completed:

  • Ruth Whiting - 'Site Under Construction' The role of discourse in the social construction of Local Authority Traveller accommodation
  • Elaine Davey - A National Architect? The Percy Thomas Practice and Welsh national identity
  • Hade Turkmen - Dynamics of Contention in Urban Renewal Projects in Istanbul
  • Francesca Montemaggi - The Search for Authenticity in Religious Life
  • Robert Croydon - Patronage, Power and Probity

I continue to supervise :

  • Federico Bellentani - Practices of Excision: Conservation, marginalization and excision within Estonian urban space
  • Charlotte Eales - Examining the (possibly contested) re-construction of the identities of young Gypsies and Travellers in relation to education for citizenship.

I am interested in PhD ideas in any of my areas of interest.