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Dr Huw Thomas

Dr Huw Thomas

Emeritus Reader


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.


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 - 2018)
  • Emeritus Reader, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (2019 - 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 C;  Environmental 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.
  • Editor, Planning Theory
  • External examiner, BA Hons Geography and Planning, Leeds Beckett University, 2017 to date

Professional memberships

  • 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)