Dr James White

  • Lecturer in Urban Design (Urban Studies)

telephone: 0141 330 3664
email: JamesT.White@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

James White is Lecturer in Urban Design in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. He studied City and Regional Planning (BSc) and Urban Design (MA) at Cardiff University before completing his doctoral studies in Planning at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. James assumed his current post at the University of Glasgow in 2012. He is convenor of the planning programmes within Urban Studies and delivers the urban design components of the subject area's post-graduate curriculum. James is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Town Planner and a Member of the Urban Design Group. He is currently the co-chair of the urban design track at the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference (North America) and a member of The Cockburn Association (Edinburgh's World Heritage Trust) Urban Design Group. 

Research interests

James is interested in the theory and application of design governance and his research focuses is on the tools and mechanisms that planners use to shape the built environment and enhance the design quality of real estate development and the public realm. James' research also specifically examines how urban design ideas and concepts are 'mobilised' between different cities and how local planning and development cultures impact spatial planning and design outcomes. He is especially interested in urban design and high-rise residential development, as well as the post-austerity context for urban design and the challenges associated with widening opportunities for participation in the design and planning process. 

His recent work has examined urban design processes both in the UK and in Canada, with a particular focus on the design governance of large-scale regeneration projects, including waterfronts, and the repurposing of vacant and derelict land. James' recent publications include a case study of urban design on Toronto's waterfront in Canada and an examination of policy mobilisation and high-rise residential devleopment in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. He is also conducting research on urban agriculture and public participation in Glasgow, and the application of Western urban design concepts in Chinese cities.

Grants

Co-I, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), ESRC, AHRC and the Joesph Rowntree Foundation, 2016-2021

PI, Unraveling Vancouverism: A comparative study of residential development trends in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada-UK Foundation Travel Award, 2016

Co-I, Healthy Design? Understanding the Edible City on Glasgow’s Southside, Adam Smith Research Foundation, 2013

PI, The Evolution of Masterplanning Principles: A Case Study of Toronto’s Waterfront, Foundation for Canadian Studies in the United Kingdom, Foundation Travel Award, 2013

Supervision

James welcomes PhD students who are interested in researching urban design and spatial planning and, in particular, the policy implications of urban design governance and urban design as public policy.

Current students

John Cox 'A Place for Urban ‘Character’ within Urban Design and Development'. Jointly supervised with Dr Rebecca Madgin.

Michael Kordas  ‘Whose vision, whose place, whose future? Charrettes in the Scottish planning system’. Joint supervised with Professor David Adams. Michael holds an ESRC Doctoral Studentship (1+3) Award.

Linda Shatabi 'Urban Conservation and Environmental Sustainability in Scottish Urban Planning Policy and Practice'. Jointly supervised with Dr Rebecca Madgin.

Yang Wang 'Mapping place attachment: Towards a psychological approach to historic environment conservation in cities'. Jointly supervised with Dr Rebecca Madgin. Yang holds an Urban Studies Foundation Scholarship.

 

Teaching

Convenor 

Coordinator & Teacher

  • Designing Places - a 10-credit course that introduces post-graduate students to the core concepts of urban design theory and practice. 
  • Urban Design Policy and Practice - a 10-credit course that challenges post-graduate students to evaluate the various tools and mechanisms used by design and planning professionals to shape the built environment.
  • Sustainable Housing Development - a 20-credit course that introduces post-graduate students to the concept of sustainability as it relates to the neighbourhood and housing design.

Contributor

Additional information

Lecture and seminar invitations

Canada: University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 'Toronto's Vancouverism'. Invited Speaker. November 2016.

United Kingdom: Architecture and Design Scotland, Glasgow. DECADE Participate! Working Towards Co-production in planning and design. Invited Speaker. October 2015

United States: State University of New York at Albany. Challenging the Rule of Experts: A Participatory Urban Design Competition on Toronto’s Waterfront. Invited Speaker. November 2013.

Canada: Ryerson University, Toronto. What Role for the Public? A participatory design competition on Toronto’s waterfront. Invited Speaker. November 2013

United Kingdom: Scottish Government, HRH The Prince of Wales, and the Prince’s Foundation for Community. The national urban design agenda and urban design pedagogy at Scottish universities. Invited panellist. March 2013.

Academic and Professional Memberships

Academic, External Examining and Professional Service

  • Member, Urban Design Group, The Cockburn Association (The Edinburgh Civic Trust), 2016 –  
  • Management Committee Member, Govanhill Housing Association, 2016 –
  • Invited Witness, Oral Evidence Session, Local Government and Regeneration Committee, Scottish Parliament, January 2016
  • Track Chair, Urban Design, Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), 2016 –
  • External Reviewer, University of Strathclyde, MSc/PgDip in Urban Design, 2013, 2015
  • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Urbanism Journal, 2014-15

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006
Number of items: 15.

2017

White, J. T. and Bunn, C. (2017) Growing in Glasgow: Innovative practices and emerging policy pathways for urban agriculture. Land Use Policy, 68, pp. 334-344. (doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.07.056)

White, J. T. and Punter, J. (2017) Toronto's Vancouverism: developer adaptation, planning responses, and the challenge of design quality. Town Planning Review, 88(2), pp. 173-200. (doi:10.3828/tpr.2016.45)

2016

White, J. T. (2016) Pursuing design excellence: Urban design governance on Toronto's waterfront. Progress in Planning, 110, pp. 1-41. (doi:10.1016/j.progress.2015.06.001)

White, J. T. (2016) Planning as placemaking? The case of the East Bayfront Precinct planning process. In: Thomas, R. (ed.) Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach. Oxford University Press Canada. ISBN 9780199008070

2015

White, J. T. (2015) Future directions in urban design as public policy: reassessing best practice principles for design review and development management. Journal of Urban Design, 20(3), pp. 325-348. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2015.1031212)

White, J. T. (2015) Measuring Urban Design: Metrics for Livable Places, by Ewing, R. and Clemente, O. Journal of Urban Design, 20(2), pp. 291-292. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2015.1008881) [Book Review]

2014

White, J. T. (2014) Design by competition and the potential for public participation: assessing an urban design competition on Toronto’s waterfront. Journal of Urban Design, 19(4), pp. 541-564. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2014.923744)

2013

Senbel, M., Girling, C., White, J., Kellett, R. and Chan, P.F. (2013) Precedents reconceived: urban design learning catalysed through data rich 3-D digital models. Design Studies, 34(1), pp. 74-92. (doi:10.1016/j.destud.2012.08.001)

Adams, D., Tiesdell, S. and White, J.T. (2013) Smart parcelization and place diversity: reconciling real estate and urban design priorities. Journal of Urban Design, 18(4), pp. 459-477. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2013.824367)

Senbel, M., Girling, C., Kellet, R. and White, J. (2013) Evaluating a web based urban design reference tool. In: Berney, R. (ed.) Urban Nature, Conference Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), 2011. Figueroa Press: Los Angeles, CA, USA, pp. 197-216.

2011

White, J. T. (2011) Beth Moore Milroy, Thinking Planning and Urbanism. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 31(3), pp. 363-365. (doi:10.1177/0739456X11398199) [Book Review]

2009

White, J. T. (2009) America’s Waterfront Revival: Port Authorities and Urban Redevelopment, by P.H. Brown. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 18(2), pp. 99-101. [Book Review]

2008

White, J. (2008) An ecological design philosophy: Randolph T. Hester's design for ecological democracy. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 1(2), pp. 187-198. (doi:10.1080/17549170802221542) [Book Review]

White, J. T. (2008) Tradition Today: Continuity in Architecture and Society, by R. Adam and M. Hardy (eds.). International Planning Studies, 13(3), pp. 287-289. (doi:10.1080/13563470802521465) [Book Review]

2006

White, J. (2006) Downtown Calgary: in pursuit of urban design quality. Urban Design Quarterly, Winter, pp. 16-17.

This list was generated on Mon Oct 23 05:12:06 2017 BST.
Number of items: 15.

Articles

White, J. T. and Bunn, C. (2017) Growing in Glasgow: Innovative practices and emerging policy pathways for urban agriculture. Land Use Policy, 68, pp. 334-344. (doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.07.056)

White, J. T. and Punter, J. (2017) Toronto's Vancouverism: developer adaptation, planning responses, and the challenge of design quality. Town Planning Review, 88(2), pp. 173-200. (doi:10.3828/tpr.2016.45)

White, J. T. (2016) Pursuing design excellence: Urban design governance on Toronto's waterfront. Progress in Planning, 110, pp. 1-41. (doi:10.1016/j.progress.2015.06.001)

White, J. T. (2015) Future directions in urban design as public policy: reassessing best practice principles for design review and development management. Journal of Urban Design, 20(3), pp. 325-348. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2015.1031212)

White, J. T. (2014) Design by competition and the potential for public participation: assessing an urban design competition on Toronto’s waterfront. Journal of Urban Design, 19(4), pp. 541-564. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2014.923744)

Senbel, M., Girling, C., White, J., Kellett, R. and Chan, P.F. (2013) Precedents reconceived: urban design learning catalysed through data rich 3-D digital models. Design Studies, 34(1), pp. 74-92. (doi:10.1016/j.destud.2012.08.001)

Adams, D., Tiesdell, S. and White, J.T. (2013) Smart parcelization and place diversity: reconciling real estate and urban design priorities. Journal of Urban Design, 18(4), pp. 459-477. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2013.824367)

White, J. (2006) Downtown Calgary: in pursuit of urban design quality. Urban Design Quarterly, Winter, pp. 16-17.

Book Sections

White, J. T. (2016) Planning as placemaking? The case of the East Bayfront Precinct planning process. In: Thomas, R. (ed.) Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach. Oxford University Press Canada. ISBN 9780199008070

Senbel, M., Girling, C., Kellet, R. and White, J. (2013) Evaluating a web based urban design reference tool. In: Berney, R. (ed.) Urban Nature, Conference Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), 2011. Figueroa Press: Los Angeles, CA, USA, pp. 197-216.

Book Reviews

White, J. T. (2015) Measuring Urban Design: Metrics for Livable Places, by Ewing, R. and Clemente, O. Journal of Urban Design, 20(2), pp. 291-292. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2015.1008881) [Book Review]

White, J. T. (2011) Beth Moore Milroy, Thinking Planning and Urbanism. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 31(3), pp. 363-365. (doi:10.1177/0739456X11398199) [Book Review]

White, J. T. (2009) America’s Waterfront Revival: Port Authorities and Urban Redevelopment, by P.H. Brown. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 18(2), pp. 99-101. [Book Review]

White, J. (2008) An ecological design philosophy: Randolph T. Hester's design for ecological democracy. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 1(2), pp. 187-198. (doi:10.1080/17549170802221542) [Book Review]

White, J. T. (2008) Tradition Today: Continuity in Architecture and Society, by R. Adam and M. Hardy (eds.). International Planning Studies, 13(3), pp. 287-289. (doi:10.1080/13563470802521465) [Book Review]

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