Dr John Cox

  • Tutor in Social & Public Policy (Urban Studies)


I lecture and tutor in social, public and urban policy in the Urban Studies department. 

My doctoral research, entitled: Defining ‘Urban Character’ and its Influence on the Physical Outcomes of Cities, examined the ways in which the interplay between the tangible and intangible components of urban character can result in architectural outcomes unique to cities, including the ways in which feel and ambience, or spirit of place, are physicalised in built environments. The research also examined the factors impacting on urban character. These factors include globalised attitudes and approaches to place and architectural production by multinational corporations, and how these factors drive, constrain, or prevent urban character’s role in built environment processes.

Before undertaking my PhD, I worked in campaign media relations, mainly in the NGO and charity sectors, and later, following my MA, practiced urban design. 

Research interests

  • Globalisation and place identity
  • Urban governance and post-pandemic challenges

  • Design theory and placemaking

  • Interplay between tangible and intangible components on built environment design

  • Socio-spatial interaction









Course Convenor

  • Social and Public Policy (Understanding Glasgow) (co-course convenor) (PUBPOL1011 2022)

  • Remaking Cities in a Global Age: Dilemmas of Urban Policy (co-course convenor) (PUBPOL4034 2022-)


Teaching (UG & PGT) Contributons

  • Social & Public Policy 1A (PUBPOL1011) (Team Leader)

  • Social & Public Policy 1B (PUBPOL1011)

  • Designing Places (URBAN 510)

  • Evidence, Evaluation & Policy (URBAN 5083)

  • Urban Design Policy Practice (URBAN 5050)

Dissertation Supervision

  • REPR Programme (URBAN5054P)

  • Public Policy Programme (URBAN5080P)