Research title: Creating well-designed places in Scotland: What does it take
My PhD research focusses on the local implementation of national urban design policy, in a context where the quality of much of Scotland's new development fails to meet the aspirations of policy. I am researching the governance of urban design within West Dunbartonshire Council, and aim to understand how urban design is negotiated alongside other policy priorities between actors within the development process. West Dunbartonshire Council has adopted urban design as a strategic priority, and is using innovative policy and practice interventions to attempt to create better places in a post-industrial area which has historically struggled to achieve high quality development. My research will therefore contribute to theoretical knowledge of urban design and planning governance, while also providing evidence to support planning and design in practice to deliver better places in Scotland.
I am currently a Research Assistant on REPAIR, an ESRC-funded project studying the spatial processes of adaptation occurring within urban centres as they adjust to structural change within the retail sector.
- Urban design
- Planning systems
- Urban governance
- Urban public policymaking and implementation
Richardson R. (2021). The urban design process, Journal of Urban Design, DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2021.1920208
ESRC Collaborative Studentship with West Dunbartonshire Council (4 years)
- Designing Places (URBAN5010)
- Social and Public Policy 1B: Understanding Glasgow in a Globalised World (PUBPOL1011)
- Spatial Planning Strategies (URBAN5046)
- MRes, Urban Research, University of Glasgow
- MSc, City Planning and Real Estate Development, University of Glasgow
- MA, Geography, University of Cambridge (Robinson College)