Nick Phelps is Professor of Urban and Regional Development in the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London.
Nick’s current research is concerned with understanding the planning of urban sprawl, the planning and political possibilities for re-working suburban space in the United States, and spatial planning for the delivery of economic growth in the UK. This builds on research funded by both the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the British Academy which examined the politics of development processes at the urban edge and their implications for understanding the planning dynamics of city-regions. Together with Dave Valler he has been exploring the relationship of high-technology industry and science research to settlement structure in the South East of England, in research projects funded by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Town Planning Institute.
As part of the network Nick will focus on theorising the spatial planning implications of science spaces across the international contexts and associated urban geographical, sociological and political understandings. This will include evaluating the changing fortunes of a prominent ‘international-campus-garden-suburb’ model of science spaces (Forsyth, 2010) in light of new discourses regarding the relationship of scientific activity to settlement space in different nations. He will also work jointly with Dave Valler in developing the Science Vale UK case study in Oxfordshire, UK.
Phelps, N.A. (2012) An anatomy of sprawl: Planning and Politics in Britain Routledge, London.
Phelps, N.A. (2012) The growth machine stops? Urban politics and the making and re-making of an edge city Urban Affairs Review 84.5. 670-700
Phelps, N.A. and Wu, F. (Eds) (2011) International Perspectives on Suburbanization: a Post-suburban World? Palgrave-MacMillan, Basingstoke.
Phelps, N.A., Wood, A.M. (2011) The new postsuburban politics? Urban Studies 48.12. 2591 – 2610.
Phelps, N.A., Wood, A.M. and Valler, D.C. (2010) A post-suburban world? An outline of a research agenda Environment & Planning A 42.2. 366-383
Phelps, N.A., Parsons, N., Ballas, D. and Dowling,A. (2006) Post-suburban Europe: Planning and Politics at the Margins of Europe’s Capital Cities Palgrave-MacMillan, Basingstoke.