School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Professor John Pendlebury

Professor of Urban Conservation

Background

Introduction

John Pendlebury MRTPI IHBC FHEA is Professor of Urban Conservation.

I am a town planner and urban conservationist with ten years practice experience in local government, central government and consultancy before re-entering academia in 1996. I have had many departmental and university roles, including serving as Head of School between 2008 and 2016.

I teach and undertake research on heritage, conservation and planning with a focus upon, first, how historic cities have been planned in the past, considering how the historic qualities of cities were conceived and balanced with modernising forces. Second, I undertake empirical and conceptual work on the interface between contemporary cultural heritage policy and other policy processes. Principal publications include Conservation in the Age of Consensus (2009) as well as the edited collections Valuing Historic Environments (2009 with Lisanne Gibson) and Alternative Visions of Post-War Reconstruction: Creating the Modern Townscape (2015 with Erdem Erten and Peter Larkham).

I have around 40 peer-review journal papers and book chapters. Versions of many of these can be accessed through http://eprint.ncl.ac.uk/  or my profile on https://www.researchgate.net . I have received research funding from AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, British Academy and the EU. My principal current focus is upon collaborative European projects looking at the impact of governance reform on heritage planning and new, inclusive governance models. I have also been developing a project on Heritage and Brexit (with Loes Veldpaus) https://heritagevalue.wordpress.com/.

Research

Research Interests and funded projects

My research mostly focuses on conservation values and social purpose and the way this translates into strategies of management. It is drawn together in my book Conservation in the Age of Consensus www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415249843/. Broadly the work divides into two themes:

1. Empirical and conceptual work on the interface between cultural heritage policy and other policy processes e.g. social inclusion & regeneration. This interface poses challenges for considering which values are dominant in motivations for heritage protection (e.g. art historical values vs. ‘public values’). Projects include:

UK PI (overall lead Delft) for Joint Programming Initiative (Norwegian Research Council funded) The impact of urban planning and governance reform on the historic built environment and intangible cultural heritage (PICH) (2015-2018). See https://planningandheritage.wordpress.com/

Co-ordinator for EU - FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IRSES funded project Planning, Urban Management and Heritage (PUMAH)(2012-2016), linking Europe and and Chinese HEIs. See http://www.pumah.org/

UK PI (overall lead Delft) for Joint Programming Initiative (AHRC funded) A Sustainable Future for the Historic Urban Core (SHUC) (2013-15). See https://planningandheritage.wordpress.com/

Co-I for EPSRC funded project GLOBAL Sustainable Energy through China-UK Research Engagement (SECURE)(2012-2013), examining issues of retrofitting in co-operation with Chinese partners. See http://research.ncl.ac.uk/globalsecure/

Co-I for AHRC funded project (2012) Research for Community Heritage: North East England 

Co-Investigator for EPSRC/ ESRC/ AHRC/ English Heritage funded research network (2006-2007) Valuing the Historic Environment: Concepts, Instrumentalisations and Effects. See web-link above. This project led to the book Valuing Historic Environments www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754674245

Principal Investigator for ESRC CASE studentship with English Heritage (2006-2009) on heritage and areas of low housing demand

Principal Investigator for AHRC Collaborative studentship with Newcastle City Council (2006-2009) on characterising housing areas

Principal Investigator for ESRC CASE studentship with English Heritage (2002-2005) on impact of pluralistic approaches to heritage

Participation in ESRC-funded project on Urban Governance using Grainger Town, Newcastle as a case study (1998-1999)

2. Conceptual work based primarily on city case studies of how historic cities have been planned in the past, particularly in the mid-C20, focusing in particular on how the historic qualities of such cities were conceived and balanced with modernising forces. Projects include:

Co-I for AHRC Connected Communities project (2012) Civic Associations and Urban Communities: Local History, Place-Making and Activism in Twentieth Century Britain. See http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/urbanstudies/projects/civicassociationsandurbancommunities/

Principal Investigator for AHRC-funded project on Thomas Sharp (‘Town and Townscape: The Work and Life of Thomas Sharp’ Resource Enhancement Grant, 2006-2007). See http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/sharp.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome PhD and MPhil applicants and would be delighted to discuss projects related to my research. 

Graduated

•           Ning Lu, Investigating Conservation Planning of Industrial Heritage in China: A discourse analysis of changing values in policy and practice. PhD awarded 2016. Supervised with Mark Tewdwr Jones

•           Dave Webb, Problem Neighbourhoods in a Part-Linear, Part-Network Regime: Problems with, and possible responses to, the Housing Market Renewal Leviathan, PhD awarded 2010. Supervised with Stuart Cameron (ESRC CASE studentship with English Heritage).

•           Elli Winterburn, Characterising the Post-Industrial City - A Case-Study of  Industrial  Era Residential Areas in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, PhD awarded 2010. Supervised with Paola Michialano  (AHRC Collaborative studentship with Newcastle City Council).

•           Nattika Navapan, Siamese Monarchy and the Modernisation of Bangkok’s Urban Spaces, 1868-1910. PhD awarded 2010. Supervised with Ian Thompson

•           Mohammadsaeid Izadi, A Case Study on City Centre Regeneration: A comparative analysis of two different approaches to the revitalisation of historic city centres in Iran. Phd awarded 2008. Supervised with Ali Madanipour A

•           Nicolas Shore, Whose Heritage? The Construction of Cultural Built Heritage in a Pluralist, Multicultural England? PhD awarded 2007. Supervised with Tim Townshend (ESRC CASE studentship with English Heritage).

•           Rima El-Hassan, The Use of ICT to Support Urban Heritage Appraisal: The Case of Medieval Tripoli, Lebanon. Phd awarded 2004. Supervised with Hisham Elkadi

•           Xenofon Sotirchopoulos Information Analysis of the Pre-Application Stage for the Statutory Consent in the Building Conservation Industry – An Object Role Modelling Approach in Architectural Documentation. Mphil awarded 2004. Supervised with Hisham Elkadi

 

Current PhD students:

  • Yitang Chen (co-supervised with Ali Madanipour)

  • Yun Dai (co-supervised with Adam Sharr)

  • Asmarani Februandari (co-supervised with Andy Law)

  • Hannah Garrow (co-supervised with Mark Tewdwr Jones, ESRC collaborative award with Architecture + Design Scotland)

  • Keiji Makino (co-supervised with Maggie Roe)

  • Hedley Sugar-Wells (co-supervised with Tina Gharavi)

  • Xi Ye (co-supervised with Andrew Ballantyne)

Teaching

My principal teaching is modules on the conservation of the historic environment.

Publications