Robert Richardson

 

R.Richardson.1@research.gla.ac.uk

@RichardsonRobK

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6232-1323

Research title: Creating well-designed places in Scotland: What does it take

Research Summary

My doctoral research focuses 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 aim to contribute to theoretical knowledge of urban 'design governance', while  providing evidence to support planning and design practice to deliver better places in Scotland.

I am collaborating with West Dunbartonshire Council, a planning authority which has recently adopted urban design as a strategic priority. This has provided an opportuntiy to study the use of innovative policy and practice interventions to create better places, in a post-industrial area which has historically struggled to achieve high quality development. I am particularly interested in the role of individuals within 'design governance', and how behaviour at 'street-level' is shaped by broader ideological forces driving the restructuring of the local state.

During 2021 I was a part-time 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. My MSc dissertation, in 2018, researched the contribution 'community stadia' can make to placemaking.

 Research interests:

  • Urban design
  • Planning systems
  • Spatial governance

Publications

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Number of items: 8.

2022

White, J. T. , Hickie, J., Jackson, C., Orr, A. and Richardson, R. (2022) The experience economy in UK city centres: a multidimensional and interconnected response to the “death of the high street”? Urban Studies, (Accepted for Publication)

Richardson, R. (2022) 'Design Governance' at 'Street Level’: Delivering Well-Designed Places in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2022, Manchester, UK, 5-7 Sep2022.

Richardson, R. (2022) Delivering Urban Design and Economic Growth in Peripheral Places: Design-led Regeneration in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2022, Newcastle, UK, 30 Aug - 2 Sep 2022.

Orr, A. M. , Jackson, C., White, J. T. , Lawson, V., Gardner, A., Hickie, J., Richardson, R. and Stewart, J. L. (2022) Retail Change and Transition in UK City Centres. Real Estate, Place Adaptation and Innovation within an integrated Retailing system (REPAIR) End of Project Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

Richardson, R. (2022) Transcending public-private boundaries: The duality of discretionary design review. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference 2022, Toronto, Canada, 3-5 November 2022.

2021

Richardson, R. and Clifford, P. (2021) The long term public interest: delivering high quality placemaking in West Dunbartonshire. Scottish Planner, 186, pp. 8-9.

Richardson, R. and White, J. T. (2021) Design governance, austerity and the public interest: Planning and the delivery of 'well-designed places' in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Planning Theory and Practice, 22(4), pp. 572-594. (doi: 10.1080/14649357.2021.1958911)

Richardson, R. (2021) The urban design process. Journal of Urban Design, 26(5), pp. 653-655. (doi: 10.1080/13574809.2021.1920208)[Book Review]

This list was generated on Mon Nov 28 03:32:10 2022 GMT.
Number of items: 8.

Articles

White, J. T. , Hickie, J., Jackson, C., Orr, A. and Richardson, R. (2022) The experience economy in UK city centres: a multidimensional and interconnected response to the “death of the high street”? Urban Studies, (Accepted for Publication)

Richardson, R. and Clifford, P. (2021) The long term public interest: delivering high quality placemaking in West Dunbartonshire. Scottish Planner, 186, pp. 8-9.

Richardson, R. and White, J. T. (2021) Design governance, austerity and the public interest: Planning and the delivery of 'well-designed places' in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Planning Theory and Practice, 22(4), pp. 572-594. (doi: 10.1080/14649357.2021.1958911)

Book Reviews

Richardson, R. (2021) The urban design process. Journal of Urban Design, 26(5), pp. 653-655. (doi: 10.1080/13574809.2021.1920208)[Book Review]

Research Reports or Papers

Orr, A. M. , Jackson, C., White, J. T. , Lawson, V., Gardner, A., Hickie, J., Richardson, R. and Stewart, J. L. (2022) Retail Change and Transition in UK City Centres. Real Estate, Place Adaptation and Innovation within an integrated Retailing system (REPAIR) End of Project Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

Conference or Workshop Item

Richardson, R. (2022) 'Design Governance' at 'Street Level’: Delivering Well-Designed Places in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2022, Manchester, UK, 5-7 Sep2022.

Richardson, R. (2022) Delivering Urban Design and Economic Growth in Peripheral Places: Design-led Regeneration in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2022, Newcastle, UK, 30 Aug - 2 Sep 2022.

Richardson, R. (2022) Transcending public-private boundaries: The duality of discretionary design review. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference 2022, Toronto, Canada, 3-5 November 2022.

This list was generated on Mon Nov 28 03:32:10 2022 GMT.

Grants

ESRC Collaborative Studentship with West Dunbartonshire Council (4 years)

Teaching

Current:

  • Social and Public Policy 1A: Foundations of Welfare (PUBPOL1010)

Previous:

  • Social and Public Policy 1B: Understanding Glasgow in a Globalised World (PUBPOL1011)
  • Spatial Planning Strategies (URBAN5046)
  • Designing Places (URBAN5010)

Additional Information

Previous education:

  • MRes, Urban Research, University of Glasgow
  • MSc, City Planning and Real Estate Development, University of Glasgow
  • MA, Geography, University of Cambridge (Robinson College)