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Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones
Professor of Town Planning

  • Email: mark.tewdwr-jones@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 86020
  • Address: School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
    Claremont Tower
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones is the fifth holder of Newcastle University's 1946 Established Chair of Town Planning and a member of the Global Urban Research Unit at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and one of the UK's leading authorities on planning, land use, historic and contemporary urban change, and community participation in places. He tweets via @profmarktj.

Formerly employed at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning at UCL where he worked with the late Professor Sir Peter Hall, Mark is at ease discussing the past, present and future of places with architects, planners, geographers, scientists and engineers, as well as with businesses, communities, governments and filmmakers.  

He is the author or editor of 14 books, including: The European Dimension of British Planning (with R.H. Williams, 2001); The Planning Polity: Planning, Government and the Policy Process (2002); Planning Futures: New Directions for Planning Theory (with P. Allmendinger, 2002); Second Homes (with N. Gallent and A. Mace, 2005); Territory, Identity and Spatial Planning (with P. Allmendinger, 2006); Decent Homes for All (with N. Gallent, 2007); Urban and Regional Planning (with Sir P. Hall, 2011), Urban Reflections: Narratives of Place, Planning and Change (2011); Spatial Planning and Governance (2012); The Collaborating Planner? Practitioners in the Neo-liberal Age (with B. Clifford, 2013); and The Planning Imagination - a tribute to Sir Peter Hall and his contribution to urban and regional planning (with N. Phelps and R. Freestone, 2014). 

Among Mark's achievements over the last 25 years are aspects of devising foresight methods for the future of places and cities, visual methods for active citizen and business participation in cities, strategic spatial thinking and spatial governance, the study and representation of cities historically in film and television, behavioural dimensions to planning theory, and the relationship between planning and other policy fields such as housing.

Mark is the recipient of over £1m of research and consultancy grants and has undertaken major research work for government, charities and businesses.  He has given over 200 research talks and speeches worldwide, and has supervised successfully over 20 PhD students.  He has led a number of major Government funded studies in the social sciences including The Impact of the EU on UK Planning (1996-98), Peripherality and Spatial Planning (1998-2000), Methodologies for National Spatial Planning (2000-1), Second and Holiday Homes in Wales and England (2001-3), Linguistic Impact Assessment (2003-4), Local Development Frameworks (2003-4), Effective Spatial Planning in Practice (2006-7), Land Use Futures (2008-10), Spatial Planning and Health (2009-11), and Newcastle City Futures 2065 (2013-15).  Recently, he was part of the Newcastle team that won the National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation (NASI), announced with Treasury funding of £20m in 2014, and the EPSRC Centre for Digital Economies and CTD Digital Civics programme, worth £12m.

He was previously Government Advisor on planning, land use and housing issues to ministers in UK Government, the Welsh Government and Scottish Government, and served as a lead expert for the Government Chief Scientist Sir John Beddington’s Foresight project on Land Use Futures; more recently he has been involved in Sir Mark Walport's Future of Cities Foresight project. 

He was also a lead expert on the NHS NICE project on spatial planning and health, advised the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, served on the ESRC CASE Award Panel and RTPI General Assembly, has given evidence to select committees, and is a panel member for DFiD's Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.  He currently serves as Vice Chairman and Trustee of the Regional Studies Association.  As well as providing research advice, Mark is regularly called upon to discuss policy and engagement options with and in central and local government, and with different groups and communities in towns and cities.

Mark became an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011 and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2013.  He holds a passionate interest in inter-disciplinary research.  He is Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the University of New South Wales, and he has been the recipient of distinguished visiting fellowships at Berkeley, Hong Kong, Sydney, Shanghai, Guadalajara, Nijmegen, Pretoria, and Malta.  In 2009, he was a speaker at the Cheltenham Science Festival, and was curator of city and film sessions at the Open City London Documentary Film Festival in 2011 and 2012.  

He organised and led the Newcastle City Futures exhibition and events urban room at the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne, in May and June 2014, successfully engaging with over 20 organisations and 2500 residents in the city, bringing communities, citizens and businesses into city-wide debate about urban change. 

He is currently Director of Newcastle City Futures, and chairs the City Futures Development Group, an innovative collaborative arena bringing together academics from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, with officials from Newcastle City Council, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and business representatives.  City Futures designs innovative cross sectoral and collaborative initiatives in the North East to improve research, resilience, well being and policy.  See http://www.newcastlecityfutures.org.

He is the 'People, Place and Communities Theme Champion' at the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal.

Mark Tewdwr-Jones BSc (Hons), DipTP, MA, PhD, AcSS, FRSA, FRGS, FRTPI, FeRSA, AoU


  • Foresight
    Project Leader(s): Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones