Dr Dave Valler is Reader in Spatial Planning in the Department of Planning at Oxford Brookes University and Principal Investigator (PI) for the network.
Dave’s research interests are in spatial planning, local and regional economic development, sub-national governance, and territorial business politics. Recently Dave has led research funded by the Royal Town Planning Institute on planning and growth management in the South East of England, building on previous work sponsored by the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors on the growth challenges posed by the expansion of Science Vale UK, Oxfordshire. He has also been engaged in research on housing issues for both the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the UK Department for Communities and Local Government (with the Universities of Sheffield and Heriot-Watt). Previously, Dave has led research for the UK Economic and Social Research Council on local and regional business politics. He has been guest editor of special editions of Regional Studies, Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning C, and Local Economy.
Dave will be PI for the network and will bring his experience of managing complex, multi-partner research projects, most notably for the ESRC. As Reader in Spatial Planning he has extensive experience of planning and economic policy in the UK and the US, with a particular interest in economic development issues and planning for economic growth. Over the past 5 years he has been actively researching and publishing on the evolution of ‘Science Vale UK’ in Oxfordshire and has a strong network of contacts across local government, business, higher education, and the various high-tech and science-based clusters located in the county. Dave will therefore work jointly with Nick Phelps in further developing the SVUK case study as part of the current project. In theoretical terms, Dave’s core interests are in economic and state restructuring, local and regional governance, and business politics and power. He has deployed these interests in analysing spatial planning policy at various scales, and the combination of these themes will be important in understanding property development and planning processes associated with science-based ‘technoscapes’. There are also linkages here with the wider state strategies associated with international science diplomacy, or ‘ideoscapes’.
Valler, D. Phelps, N. Radford, J. (2014) Big science and small villages: Understanding the context for hi-tech growth in South East England Environment & Planning C
Valler, D. Tait, M. Marshall, T. (2013) Business and Planning: A Strategic-Relational Approach International Planning Studies 18.2. 143-167
Valler, D. Phelps, N. Wood, A. (2012) Planning for Growth? The Implications of Localism for ‘Science Vale’, Oxfordshire UK Town Planning Review 83.4. 457-487
Valler, D. Wood, A. (2010) Conceptualizing Local and Regional Economic Development in the United States Regional Studies 44.2. 139-153