School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr David Webb

Lecturer in Town Planning

Background

I am a chartered town planner with experience of policy making and a commitment to promoting a critical understanding of development processes in the UK. However, my research interests lie primarily in the spaces that lie beyond the scope of statutory planning processes and I am particularly interested in alternative or marginal ways of perceiving and responding to urban problems. 

I am currently part of a collaborative open chair project "From doom to hope? Exploring the renegotiation of public services in challenging times" which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (through its Impact Acceleration Account programme) and Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal. 

I have recently been working on the two projects below. 

- an Arts and Humanities Research council funded, collaborative study of the campaign to save the South Bank undercroft. Details here: www.youthandheritage.com 

- an exploration of advocacy as a potential form of alternative planning practice. Details here http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/engagement/reclaim/ and here http://www.chattrust.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=49 

I have an ongoing interest in complexity theory, and actor-network theory in particular, and am interested in the role of objects in governing behaviour and in the potential of non-human actors to re-orientate established forms of government. I have a related interest in the politics of technology and in the relationship between research and societal change. 

 

I am currently: 

Degree Programme Director, BA in Urban Planning and MPlan 

Director of Engagement 


 

 

Teaching

Module leader: 

TCP1014 Planning Processes

TCP3051 Development Management 

Additional teaching interests in planning skills, theory and practice and in historical and current aspects of urban regeneration.

Publications