Professor David Adams
- Emeritus Professor in Urban Studies (Urban Studies)
I retired from the University of Glasgow in 2019, after almost 15 years as Ian Mactaggart Professor of Property and Urban Studies. During my academic career, I also worked at the Universities of Reading, Manchester and Aberdeen. I am now an Emeritus Professor in Urban Studies and also serve as a Scottish Land Commissioner
My research and publications have explored the interaction between planning and real estate development, with a particular focus on brownfield redevelopment and speculative housebuilding. I am particularly interested in urban land reform and the connections between planning and broader urban land policy, which closely relate to my current role with the Scottish Land Commission
I'm interested in State-market relations in land and property, and particularly in planning and land reform, real estate developers, speculative housebuilders, brownfield redevelopment, and place quality.
Adams, D. , Disberry, A. and Hutchison, N. (2017) Still vacant after all these years – evaluating the efficiency of property-led urban regeneration. Local Economy, 32(6), pp. 505-524. (doi: 10.1177/0269094217729129)
Adams, D. and Tiesdell, S. (2010) Planners as market actors: rethinking state-market relations in land and property. Planning Theory and Practice, 11(2), pp. 187-207. (doi: 10.1080/14649351003759631)
Adams, D. , Leishman, C. and Moore, C. (2009) Why not build faster?: Explaining the speed at which British house-builders develop new homes for owner-occupation. Town Planning Review, 80(3), pp. 291-314. (doi: 10.3828/tpr.80.3.4)
Adams, D. , Disberry, A., Hutchison, N. and Munjoma, T. (2001) Ownership constraints to brownfield redevelopment. Environment and Planning A, 33, pp. 453-477.
Delivering the Value of Planning, Royal Town Planning Institute (2016) with Michael O'Sullivan, Andy Inch, Malcolm Tait, Craig Watkins and Michael Harris
The Value of Planning, Royal Town Planning Institute (2014) with Craig Watkins
Review of Strategic Development Plans in Scotland, Scottish Government, (2014) with Kevin Murray Associates and Michael O’Sullivan
Places Need Leaders, Architecture and Design Scotland (2012) with Trevor Davies
Delivering Better Places in Scotland, Scottish Government (2011) with Steve Tiesdell and George Weeks
Brownfield Market Signals, Campaign to Protect Rural England (2009) with Chris Leishman
Discovering Property Policy (2009) Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, with Rob Croudace and Steve Tiesdell
Understanding Builder to Builder Residential Land Transactions, UK Government Department for Communities and Local Government (2008), with Lucy Cartlidge, Chris Leishman and Craig Watkins
Factors Affecting Build Out Rates, UK Government Department for Communities and Local Government (2008) with Chris Leishman
I jointly supervise two PhD students:
Eimear Fallon: PhD topic - How the decision to develop is made by property developers in Dublin
Michael Kordas: PhD topic - Whose Vision, Whose Places, Whose Future? : Charrettes in the Scottish Planning System
At the moment, I am not taking on new PhD students. All enquiries should instead be made to Professor Moira Munro at firstname.lastname@example.org
At Glasgow, I have taught or contributed to a wide range of courses including Contemporary Planning Systems, Designing Places, Development Process, Dissertation and Research Methods, Global Cities, Professional Practice, Ethics & Management, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Markets, Regenerating Cities, Spatial Planning Strategies, Strategic Management & Decision-Making, Sustainable Housing Development, and Urban Economy.