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Dr Andrew Donaldson
Senior Lecturer in Planning

  • Email: andrew.donaldson@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5806
  • Address: School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
    Claremont Tower
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU


Andrew has a background in natural and social sciences. His current work sits at the interface of Science and Technology Studies and Environmental Planning.


BSc (Hons) Biology, University of York
MSc (Distinction) Rural Resource and Countryside Management, Newcastle University
PhD, Newcastle University

Honours and Awards

Awarded 2008 Ashby Prize for most innovative paper in Environment and Planning A.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the ways in which we understand and organize our relationships with the biophysical environment.  

There are currently three strands to this work:

• The framing, formation and management of environmental problems and controversies, especially the way in which these are portrayed and acted upon as ‘interdisciplinary’ concerns.  Recently this work has taken flood risk management as a case study.

• The operation, regulation and understanding of the materialities of animal production and processing, especially as ‘vital systems’, ‘critical infrastructure’ or ‘metabolic infrastructure’ that underpin and produce contemporary environments and ways of life. This work builds on and encompasses my previous research on animal diseases and biosecurity.

• Land in a technological society, including the development and function of experts in land management, and the enactment of strategy and regulation.

Postgraduate Supervision


Helen Coulson 

Alex Baker 


Dr Paul Cowie "In-Migrant Networks and Knowledge Economies in Rural England" (Completed 2013)

Dr Elizabeth Charles "Community Supported Agriculture in North East England" (Completed 2012)

Dr Justin Armstrong "Veterinary Expertise in the Rural Economy and Policy Making" (Completed 2011)

Dr Richard Lee "Setting Science-Based International Food Standards: Defining Dietary Fibre in the Codex Alimentarius Commission" (Completed 2010)

Dr Katy Wilkinson "Bureaucracy and other stories: Organizing policymaking in DEFRA" (Completed 2009)

Dr Gary Bosworth "Entrepreneurial in-migrants and economic development in rural England" (Completed 2008)

Undergraduate Teaching

TCP1025 Social Worlds

TCP2023 Understanding Sustainable Development

TCP2027 Research Skills

TCP2028 Understanding Cities

TCP3054 Planning Theory and Politics 


Postgraduate Teaching

TCP8901 The Reflexive Practitioner

TCP8910 Planning Theory (module leader)

TCP8911 Evaluation, Analysis and Research (module leader)

TCP8923 Planning Practice and Climate Change 

TCP8929 Stakeholders and Participation (module leader)

TCP8934 Cities, Security and Resilience

TCP8099 Dissertation (module leader)