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Dr Brian Webb

Dr Brian Webb

Lecturer in Spatial Planning

School of Geography and Planning

Email:
webbb1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 74709
Location:
Room 2.78, Glamorgan Building
Available for postgraduate supervision

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.

I have over 10 years of experience in planning practice and research and been involved in policy-focused research for a range of public, private, and non-profit organisations. I have undertaken research with colleagues on national planning policy (2017) and strategic planning (2015) for the Welsh Government, use of household projections in Wales for the the RTPI (2015), infrastructure planning challenges in the North of England for the N8 Research Partnership (2013), planning policy coordination for the RTPI’s Map for England project (2012), research on the implications of migration and geographical mobility in European cities for EuroCities (2012), and undertaken research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in collaboration with research teams across the four nations of the UK on the impact of the recession on housing and neighbourhood dynamics in Local Authorities (2011).

I have experience in utilising a mixed-methods approach to policy evaluation and research through the use of qualitative interviews, quantitative statistics, and the visualisation of data through geographic information systems. I have also published research on well-being and rural poverty.

Prior to working at Cardiff University, I was a researcher for the Centre for Urban Policy Studies at the University of Manchester. I also previously worked in planning practice for the City of Toronto, Canada, and the provincial Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Canada. I am an Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and have previously served on the Institute’s Membership Panel.

Qualifications

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

Career

  • Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning, Cardiff University, UK (2019-present)
  • Lecturer in Spatial Planning, Cardiff University, UK (2014-2019)
  • 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)

Administrative Appointments

  • MSc Course Director, Spatial Planning and Development, 2018-present
  • PGCert Course Director, Planning Practice, 2018-present
  • Wales Doctoral Training Programme - Environmental Planning Pathway Leader, Economic and Social Research Council, 2017-present
  • MSc and PgDip Social Science Research Methods - Environmental Planning Pathway Leader, 2017-present
  • Deputy Chair, Athena SWAN, 2018-present

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Town Planning Institute, Associate Member
  • Regional Studies Association, Fellow
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow

External Activity

  • RTPI Cymru Policy and Research Forum, 2019-present
  • Expert Advisor, High-Rise Evidence Review, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, 2018-present
  • RTPI Membership Panel, Member, 2014 - 2017
  • Reviewer for the journals: Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, Land Use Policy, International Planning Studies, Planning Practice and Research, Town Planning Review, Habitat International, Local Government Studies, Regional Studies, Regional Science, Canadian Journal of Regional Science, Transactions of the Association of European Schools Of Planning (AESOP), Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Italian Journal of Planning Practice

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Course Director

I am currently the course director for the MSc Spatial Planning and Development programme.

Teaching

I broadly teach on:

  • Urban and regional planning
  • Spatial analysis/GIS
  • Urban regeneration
  • Infrastucture and transportation
  • Urban governance
  • Public policy

Memberships/Affiliations

Member of the Spatial Planning and Analysis in City Environments Research Group
Conference Reports Editor, Town Planning Review
Associate Editor, Regional Studies, Regional Science
Editorial 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

  • Challenges and solutions for ageing high-rise neighbourhoods in Japan and the UK, ESRC-AHRC, 2019-2020
  • Understanding Welsh Places, Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, 2019, PI: Orford, S.
  • The Cardiff Capital Region: State of the Region, City Region Exchange, 2019

Previously Completed Projects

  • Rural housing delivery in Wales: How effective is rural exception site policy?, Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru, 2018
  • Identification of Regional Areas for the National Development Framework, Welsh Government, 2017
  • Mapping the Interview Transcript: Spatially analysing stakeholder interviews in Wales, Cardiff University – CUROP, 2017, PI: Orford, S.
  • Making Space of Policy: A Map for Wales, Impact Acceleration Account, Economic and Social Research Council, 2016-2017
  • 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, 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

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

Current supervision

Simon Power

Research student