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Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones
Professor of Town Planning

  • Email: mark.tewdwr-jones@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6020
  • Address: School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
    Claremont Tower
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

Planner-geographer Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Professor of Town Planning and a member of the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University and one of the UK's leading authorities on planning, land use, and historic and contemporary urban change. 

Among Mark's achievements are aspects of strategic spatial planning 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.

Born in Wales and educated at University of Wales Cardiff and Birkbeck College London, Mark has worked previously in local government in Devon and at Cardiff, Aberdeen and UCL universities.  A regular commentator in the media, he possesses almost 25 years experience of teaching and writing about urban and regional planning.  

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). 

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 almost 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), and Spatial Planning and Health (2009-11).  In 2013, he was part of the Newcastle team that won an EPSRC CTD Digital Civics 5 year doctoral programme worth £5m.

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.

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 Visiting Professor of Geography and Planning at University College Dublin and 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 Guadalajara, California, Nijmegen, Pretoria, Malta, Sydney, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai.  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 is currently Director of Newcastle City Futures, an exhibition and big city conversation on Newcastle past, present and future, and of Newcastle Foresight.  He is undertaking research on: city futures and data and intelligence needs; planning and place making and assets to growth; and localism.  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