Tim Townshend was recruited to academia from practice in 1993. He is a Senior Lecturer in urban design and a member of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU). He was appointed Director of Planning and Urban Design, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in August 2008, his role is deputy head of school and he is responsible for the day to day management of the planning/urban design disciplines.
Tim has developed a national/international profile in his urban design research. He has published on a wide range of topics addressing the impact of the design of the built environment in addressing contemporary social concerns, in particular, heritage and social inclusion; fear of crime; sustainable neighbourhoods; and most recently linking health and built environment. He is currently working on interdisciplinary research on health and built environment. Part of this work is the subject of a major new edited volume, Obesogenic Environments: Complexities, Perceptions and Objective Measures with contributions from authors in USA, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and UK. He is also currently undertaking a 18 month project funded by JRF which is investigating the influence of location-based factors in youth drinking behaviours and further is developing work on allotments which will be the subject of an application to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Tim's work always attempts to maximise its impact and as such is always policy relevant. He has been a consultant on a series of national reports and policy documents and sits on a number of external committees and panels. He is a co-founding member of the North East Obesogenic Environment Network (NEOeN) www.neoen.org.uk.
Urban design and the public realm; the design of sustainable and healthy neighbourhoods; urban design and gay space development.
Conservation of the cultural built heritage
Tim Townshend currently has 5 PhD students
I was invited as a consultee to the following national projects
1) Sustainable Construction and Planning Project undertaken by LSE and funded by Higher Education Council, 2006.
2) Sport England's 'Active Design' Project 2005-6
I have been an invited speaker at the following:
1) The Sustainable Planning and Development Conference, Sept. 2005, Bologna
2) Keynote speaker at Federation of Housing Associations confernce, Galsgow, October 2006.
3) Herriot-Watt public seminar series on Planning October 2006.
I have reviewed articles for a number of international journals including:
Planning Theory and Practice
Urban Policy and Research
Journal of Urban Design
Journal of Planning and Environmental Management
Memberhsip of committees etc.
Member of the Urban Design Group Education Panel since 1997.
At local/regional level:
I have been a member of Newcastle City Council's 'Planning City Working Group' advisory panel since 2005
A member of Newcastle's PFI Library Design Panel 2005 onwards
Panel member for Newcastle City Council's Lord Mayors Design Awards 2001, 2003, 2005
Panel Member for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Design Awards
TCP1018 Design Awareness and Communication
TCP3024 Urban Design Option
TCP8091 Principles and Practice of Urban Design
TCP8912 Urban Design and Conservation Project
ARC8045 Urban Design Project 1
ARC8063 Urban Design Project 2
ARC8065 European Study Visit