Dr Andrew Hoolachan
- Lecturer in Planning (Urban Studies)
Andrew has a PhD from the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge, an RTPI accredited MSc in International Planning from UCL and an MA (Hons) in Geography from the University of St Andrews. Andrew has worked between academia and policy, conducting research at Future Cities Catapult, LSE Cities and the New Local Government Network as well as at the University of Manchester and St Andrews. His main research interests are in urban governance, scale, sustainability, urban heritage and epistemological questions around how we produce knowledge to solve complex urban problems. His PhD research was a mixed-method site-based and policy analysis in East London, unpacking the strategic tensions and competing visions for a ‘sustainable’ future of the city within the parameters of the Localism Act (2011) in the shadow of the Olympic Legacy plan.
- Urban governance: particularly Localism, devolution to UK cities, City Deals, regionalism, comparative European governance, digital localism, municipalism
- Urban political ecology: particularly the intersections between governance, built form, nature, power and everyday life
- The built environment: particularly the history and theory of urban development from Rome to the 21st century; industrial and modern heritage, urban design, density and housing, infrastructure planning.
- Emerging research methods for urban political ecology
- Emerging research methods for urban practitioners
- Site-based analysis
- Visual and digital methods
- Policy analysis
- Scale (constructions of the local / regional / national etc.)
- Political ecology
- Cultural geographies
- Architectural theory
- Race, gender, sexuality and embodiment
- Phenomenology and Non-Representational theories
Spatial Planning Strategies
This MSc module brings together planning theory, contemporary policy, and current themes in planning to enable students to produce an integrated spatial plan for a particular urban area. This course contributes to various RTPI-accredited degree programmes on offer in the School of Social and Political Sciences.
This undergraduate module brings together urban economics and urban planning theory and looks at how planners have responded to some key challenges posed by economic change in urban areas.