Dr James White
- Lecturer in Urban Design (Urban Studies)
telephone: 0141 330 3664
My research focuses is on the tools and mechanisms that planners use to shape the built environment and enhance the quality of the public realm. I am interested in the post-austerity context for urban design and the challenges associated with widening opportunities for participation in the urban design and planning process. I am particularly concerned about the intersection of professional and local knowledge in the design process and the impact that local planning and development cultures have upon spatial planning outcomes.
My recent work has examined urban design processes both in the UK and in Canada, with a particular focus on the ‘design governance’ of large-scale regeneration projects, including waterfronts, and the repurposing of vacant and derelict land. I am presently conducting a project on residential-led redevelopment and policy mobilisation in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada, and a study of community-led urban agriculture on the southside of Glasgow.
Unraveling Vancouverism: A comparative study of residential development trends in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada-UK Foundation Travel Award, 2016
Healthy Design? Understanding the Edible City on Glasgow’s Southside, Adam Smith Research Foundation, 2013
The Evolution of Masterplanning Principles: A Case Study of Toronto’s Waterfront, Foundation for Canadian Studies in the United Kingdom, Foundation Travel Award, 2013
I am interested in supervising research that sits at the intersection of urban design and spatial planning and considers the policy implications of ‘design governance’ in a global world.
Michael Kordas (UK, ESRC, Doctoral Studentships, 1+3 Award) ‘Whose vision, whose place, whose future? Charrettes in the Scottish planning system’ (joint supervised with Professor David Adams)
Coordinator & Teacher
- Designing Places - a 10-credit course that introduces post-graduate and CPD students to the core concepts of urban design theory and practice.
- Urban Design Policy and Practice - a 10-credit course that challenges post-graduate and CPD students to evaluate the various tools and mechanisms used by design and planning professionals to shape the built environment.
- Sustainable Housing Development - a 20-credit course that introduces post-graduate students to the concept of sustainability as it relates to the neighbourhood and housing design.
Lecture and seminar invitations
United Kingdom: Architecture and Design Scotland, Glasgow. DECADE Participate! Working Towards Co-production in planning and design. Invited Speaker. October 2015
United States: State University of New York at Albany. Challenging the Rule of Experts: A Participatory Urban Design Competition on Toronto’s Waterfront. Invited Speaker. November 2013.
Canada: Ryerson University, Toronto. What Role for the Public? A participatory design competition on Toronto’s waterfront. Invited Speaker. November 2013
United Kingdom: Scottish Government, HRH The Prince of Wales, and the Prince’s Foundation for Community. The national urban design agenda and urban design pedagogy at Scottish universities. Invited panellist. March 2013.
Academic and Professional Memberships
- Fellow, Higher Education Academy
- Chartered Member, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
- Member, Urban Design Group
Academic, External Examining and Professional Service
- Invited Witness, Oral Evidence Session, Local Government and Regeneration Committee, Scottish Parliament, January 2016
- Track Chair, Urban Design, Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), 2016 –
- External Reviewer, University of Strathclyde, MSc/PgDip in Urban Design, 2013, 2015 –
- Editorial Board Member, Academy of Urbanism Journal, 2014-15