APL Research Director
PhD: The Politics of Paradigmatic Policy Change and the Greening of UK Transport Planning, Department of Geography, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Postgraduate Diploma, City and Regional Planning. University of Wales College of Cardiff.
BSc(Hons) Town Planning Studies, University of Wales College of Cardiff
Geoff’s research focuses on the following overlapping elements:
- the politics of mobility, infrastructure supply and demand, and their translation into transport policy
- planning theory and practice, particularly institutional design for spatial strategy-making as seen through collaborative and deliberative theoretical lenses
- planning professionalism
- media representations of planning and transport issues
1. Looking at ideas of innovation in planning, funded by the projects: 'Spatial Planning, Innovation, Design and User Involvement (SPINDUS)' www.spindus.org : funded by IWT, Dec. 2009- Nov. 2013, which also explores concepts of spatial quality in planning practices; and by the Royal Town Planning Institute looking at innovation in UK planning practice.
2. Using a SPINDUS work package to explore the everyday politics of mobilty for disadvantaged groups http://www.ncl.ac.uk/guru/research/project/3180
3. Exploring the implications of localism for English planning, focusing on procedural and substantive justice concerns in particular. This entails acting as critical friend to a Neighbourhood Planning Frontrunner in Northumberland funded by the Catherine Cookson Trust.
4. Working on the ESPON TANGO project pursuing ideas of 'good' territorial governance utilising case studies of urban-region governance and neighbourhood planning.
Research Director for APL
Geoff welcomes applications for post-graduate study that mesh with his research interests. To date he has supervised 9 PhD candidates to completion, and currently supervises 7 others:
· Mohd Ajaj, ‘The Challenges and Significance of Two-Tier Local Government in Managing Urban Growth: Case Study of the City of Jeddah’, under examination
· Brian Peel, 'The use of knowledge for effective planning: The funding and provision of infrastructure from value capture mechanisms' (with David Webb)
· Chandrima Mukhopadhyay, 'Public Private Partnerships in Indian Highway Development' (2nd supervisor with Simin Davoudi), under examination
· Felix Ogele, ‘Integrated Coastal Zone Management and the Petroleum Industry in the Niger Delta’, (2nd supervisor with Paola Gazzola)
· Rhona Pringle, 'Energy Independence in Smaller Settlements' (2nd supervisor with Neil Powe)
· Hiroshi Saito, ‘Spatial Planning as Regeneration Strategy’
· Dhruv Sookoo, ‘Becoming Planners and Architects: the Formation of Perspectives on Residential Design Quality’ (2nd supervisor with Andrew Ballantyne)
I have examined 11 PhDs at universities in the UK and overseas.
TCP2023 Understanding Sustainable Development
TCP3049 Spatial Strategy-Making
TCP3050 Planning Strategies into Action
TCP8901/2 The Reflexive Practitioner
TCP8910 Sustainable Communities