Professor James White
- Professor of Planning and Urban Design (Urban Studies)
James White is Professor of Planning and 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 joined the University of Glasgow in 2012.
James teaches urban design and planning to post-graduate students of City Planning, City Planning and Real Estate Development, Urban Public Policy and Housing in the Urban Studies subject area. He is a Co-Investigator and in-coming Deputy Director of the ESRC-funded Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence and a Co-Investigator on an ESRC UK-South Korea Connections Grant project called "Creating Prosperous City Centres Post-Pandemic Through Repurposing Retail Space". James was recently a Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded REPAIR project (Real Estate Adaptation and Innovation within an Integrated Retailing System) which concluded in 2022. He also convenes the Human Geography, Environment and Urban Planning doctoral pathway for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science and is the Book Review Editor at the Journal of Urban Design.
James is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Town Planner and a Member of the Urban Design Group. He sits on the Glasgow Urban Design Panel and is a member of West Dunbartonshire's Urban Design and Place Panel. James is an External Examiner at the University of Sheffield and University College London and serves as Chair of the University of Newcastle Partnership Board on behalf of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
James is interested in the theory and application of design governance in the context of sustainable urban development. His research focuses is on the tools and mechanisms that planners use to shape the built environment and enhance the design quality of housing and neighbourhoods. He is especially interested in urban design and high-rise residential development, housing design quality and retrofit and design on the high street. James studies urban design and planning in domestic and international contexts including the United Kingdom and Canada.
Publications on these topics include a case study of urban design on Toronto's waterfront in Canada and an examination of policy mobilisation and high-rise residential development in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. James' recent published work includes a major research report on housing design quality in the four UK nations and an international evidence review on high-rise residential development.
James is currently involved in a number of research projects, including a study of tenenment retrofit in Glasgow for the Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence and a study of urban form innovations in the UK retail sector as part of the REPAIR project. In Spring 2023, he will published his first book, "Condo Land", co-authored with Professor John Punter, which follows the planning and design of a high-rise residential mega-project in Toronto, Canada.
Co-I, Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, ESRC, AHRC and Joesph Rowntree Foundation, 2017-2022, £6,070,028
Co-I, Creating Prosperous City Centres Post-Pandemic Through Repurposing Retail Space, ESRC UK South Korea Connectrions Grant, 2022-2023, £50,000
Co-I, Real Estate Adaptation and Innovation within an Integrated Retailing System (REPAIR), ESRC Standard Grant, 2018-2021, £513,301
Co-I, Challenges and Solutions for Ageing High-Rise Neighbourhoods in Japan and the UK, 2019-2020, ESRC/AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections Call, £49,505.00
James welcomes PhD students who are interested in researching urban design, urban planning, high-rise buildings and, in particular, the implications of urban design governance and urban design as public policy.
- Cox, Rebecca
Designing the streets of the future: the Avenues programme, Glasgow
- Richardson, Robert
Creating well-designed places in Scotland: What does it take
- Shetabi, Linda
Urban Conservation and Environmental Sustainability in Scottish Urban Planning Policy and Practice
- Yesudas, Noelene Marisa
Luxury High-rise Housing and the Intersectional Lived Experiences Within: A Case of Bangalore, India
- Human Geography, Environment and Urban Planning Pathway, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science
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.