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Dr Brian Webb

Dr Brian Webb

Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning, Director of Postgraduate Studies

+44 (0)29 208 74709
Room 2.78, Glamorgan Building
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I seek to support and challenge students by connecting theories and concepts of urban and regional studies to practice, stimulating debate about the role of planning in contemporary society, and engaging and inspiring students to achieve their full potential.

To do this I draw on my current research interests related to spatial analysis of urban and regional environments and comparative inter-governmental policy analysis.

Through my research I seek to understand multi-scalar interactions and how space is conceptualised, lived and developed depending on the scale of analysis, from the neighbourhood to the national level and beyond.



  • PhD in Planning and Landscape, University of Manchester, UK (2011)
  • Bachelor in Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada (2007)


  • Lecturer in Spatial Planning, Cardiff University, UK (2014-present)
  • Research Associate, University of Manchester (2010-2014)
  • Assistant Preservationist, City of Toronto, City Planning, Heritage Preservation Services, Toronto Canada (2006-2007)
  • Research Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Municipal Programs and Education Branch, Toronto, Canada (2004-2006)

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Town Planning Institute, Associate Member
  • Regional Studies Association, Member

External Activity

  • RTPI Membership Panel, Member, 2014 - present
  • Associate Editor: Regional Studies, Regional Science
  • Conference Reports Editor, Town Planning Review
  • Reviewer for the journals: Town Planning Review, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Regional Studies, Regional Science, and the Canadian Journal of Regional Science
  • Associate Member, Centre for Infrastructure Development, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

















Member of the Spatial Planning and Analysis in City Environments Research Group
Royal Town Planning Institute Membership Panel
Conference Reports Editor, Town Planning ReviewAssociate Editor, Regional Studies, Regional ScienceEditorial Board Member, Transactions of the Association of European Schools Of Planning (AESOP)

Interests / Areas of Expertise

My research interests seek to explore the tensions related to equity and public policy at different spatial scales through GIS spatial analysis, policy evaluation, and comparative spatial planning practice.

Current Projects

  • Identification of Regional Areas for the National Development Framework, Welsh Government, 2017
  • Making Space of Policy: A Map for Wales, Impact Acceleration Account, Economic and Social Research Council, 2016-2017

Recently Completed Projects

  • The Cardiff Capital Region: State of the Region, City Region Exchange, 2016
  • The process for developing robust housing evidence for Local Development Plans, Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru, 2015-2016, PI: N. Harris
  • Exploring methods for the identification of Strategic Planning Areas, Welsh Government, March-August 2015
  • Transportation and the socio-spatial dimensions of travel to work flows, Secondary Data Analysis, Economic and Social Research Council, 2015-2016, PI: R. Kingston
  • Investigating the social and educational implications of reforms to housing welfare in Greater Manchester, Faculty Strategic Investment Fund, University of Manchester, 2014-2015
  • Poverty Indicators for Greater Manchester, Faculty Strategic Investment Fund, University of Manchester, 2014-2015, PI: R. Lupton
  • Applying urban climatology to local policy and practice in England, Impact Acceleration Account Pilot, Economic and Social Research Council, 2014
  • Major infrastructure planning: Innovative policy models, Faculty Strategic Investment Fund, University of Manchester, 2014
  • TellUs Public Participation GIS Toolkit, University of Manchester Intellectual Property/Scottish and Southern Energy, 2012-2013

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising potential applicants in the areas of urban and regional planning, spatial analysis, infrastructure, and governance.


Goruchwyliaeth gyfredol

Mirka Virtanen

Research student

Vivian Yang

Vivian Yang

Research student