Peter Batey has been the Lever Professor of Town and Regional Planning since 1989. A graduate in geography, Peter also holds a masters degree in planning (MCD) and a doctorate in regional science. Peter worked in local authorities in the North West (Lancashire and Greater Manchester) before joining the Department of Civic Design at the University in 1975. A former Fulbright Scholar, Peter has an international reputation for his work in urban and regional analysis, particularly in the fields of demographic-economic modelling and geodemographics. In 1997-98 Peter served as World President of the Regional Science Association International and in 2000 he was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He serves as an editor of the Town Planning Review and he has played an active role in urban and regional affairs, notably as government-appointed independent chair of the 25-year Mersey Basin Campaign, one of the North West's most successful cross-sector partnerships, 2004-2010. Since 2011 he has served as Director of the North West Doctoral Training Centre that organises and funds PhD research in the social sciences in Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester universities. Also in 2011, Peter was elected Chairman of Governors at Merchant Taylors Schools, Crosby.
- Silver Medal (Japan Section of the Regional Science Association International 2012)
- Honorary Member (Japan Section of the Regional Science Association International 2008)
- Fellow of the Regional Science Association International (Competitive Fellowship, Regional Science Association International 2006)
- Course Director, Master of Civic Design and MA Town and Regional Planning; Co-editor, Town Planning Review; Director, ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre