Research Summary

Research Summary

My research focuses on how urban planners and communities can work together to develop visions for local places through the Scottish Government’s participative ‘charrette’ workshops.  The aim of the project is through case study based research, to understand critically, the appropriateness of the charrette method as the ‘mainstream’ form of participation in the Scottish local development planning process. Methods of enquiry will include analysis of relevant policy and practice documents semi structured interviewing with charrette participants and observation of the events in progress. The research objectives are both to understand empirically, the operation and outcomes of charrettes for both planner and citizen participants, as well as to contribute to the broader theoretical literature on participative planning.

Research Interests

  • Participative planning and governance
  • Urban design
  • Social research design  

Sponsor / Funder

Economic and Social Research Council


Kordas, M. (2018) 'Review: Practicing Utopia: An Intellectual History of the New Town Movement', Urban Studies, 55(4), pp.940-942.

Kordas, M., (2017c). ‘My Town The New Town’ (Online) (Published 14 September 2017). RTPI Scotland: Edinburgh. 

Kordas, M., (2017b). ‘Review: The Radical and Socialist Tradition in British Planning’ Planning Perspectives.32 (4), pp.653-654.

Kordas, M., (2017a). ‘How can Charrettes Play a Part in Community Led Regeneration??’ (Online) (Published 19 May 2017). Scotregen: Glasgow. Available at: https://www.surf.scot/scotregen/how-can-charrettes-play-a-part-in-community-led-regeneration/

Kordas, M. & Fieuw, W., (2015). ‘Do Design Charrettes Really Build 'Communicative Capacity’?’ (Online) (Published 17 November 2015). Making of Cities: Cape Town. Available at: http://www.makingofcities.org/journal/do-design-charettes-build-communicative-capacity

Kordas, M., (2014) ‘Hydro Power - the Forgotten Renewable Energy Generator?’ (Online) (Published 9 September 2014) Planner Magazine: London. Available at:http://www.theplanner.co.uk/opinion/hydro-power-the-forgotten-renewable-energy-generator

Kordas, M., (2014) ‘In Practice: Development Planning and Charrettes Beyond the Mainstream’. Scottish Planner June 2014, p.8.



    University of Glasgow

    2016-17: Social Science Statistics 1, Quantitative  Methods, Social and Public Policy 1A, Governance and Markets, Urban Design Policy and Practice

    2017-18: Quantitative Methods, Social and Public Policy 1A

    Glasgow School of Art, Macintosh School of Architecture

    2016-18: Shaping the City: An Introduction to Urban Design  

    Additional Information

    I am a Chartered Town Planner and West of Scotland RTPI Chapter Committee Member. I have seven years’ experience in local government and also contribute my skills on a voluntary basis to Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) and Shelter Scotland.