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Dr Richard Bower

Dr Richard Bower

School of Geography and Planning

As a lecturer in Urban Design I seek to explore the interrelationship of people, place, and power through the critical analysis of cities. More broadly my research explores themes of food, housing, and urbanism as ways of both critiquing Westernised space and proposing practical models of alternative political agency.

My ongoing research projects include explorations of urban food, the ‘slow city’ movement, and the history / future of anarchist plotlander housing in the UK.

  • 2014: PhD (Architecture and Human Geography), Plymouth University, UK
  • 2008: Post-Graduate Diploma in Humane Architecture
  • 2008: Graduate Diploma in Architecture

Honours and awards

  • 2017: Research funding awarded from the UK Vernacular Architecture Group
  • 2008: RIBA Presidents Silver Medal nomination

Academic positions

  • 2015 - 2017: University of Central Lancashire School of Architecture - Lecturer in Design and Critical Cultural Theory
  • 2009 - 2014: Plymouth University School of Architecture - Associate Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory

2019

2017

2016

I teach across the MA Urban Design course and contribute to various other modules across the school's geography and planning courses.
My research explores the relationships between people, power, and place by critically questioning a number of interconnecting spatial issues - urbanism, housing, food, and everyday political agency. By contextualising alternative examples of these issues I am seeking to explore aspects of agonistic and anarchistic theory as critical counter-narratives to the lived reality of contemporary Westernised space.