Planning, Environmental Assessment and Management
'Addressing climate change in Nigeria: Vulnerability Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment'
Supervisors: Prof Thomas Fischer
Description: Given that the climate is indeed changing, institutional responses remain poor and actions seem pale in view of other developmental challenges experienced in most developing countries. With a focus on Nigeria, this research aims to develop an integrated vulnerability framework that will allow a translation of climate change concerns into effective adaptation and disaster risk reduction actions that supports developmental policies. The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is considered an intrinsic part of the framework which can appropriately account for baseline adaptation, mitigation and adaptation. - Email Adedamola
'Solution to traffic congestion in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Policy and Practice, the case study of Dammam Metropolis'
Saudi Arabia Cultural Bureau- London (SACB)
Supervisors: Prof David Shaw, Dr Olivier Sykes
Description: Traffic congestion is a looming problem in every major city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today. In the absence of a reliable public transport and lack of a policy to establish one, the residents of the city continue to waste an important resource- such as time and fuel. The dissertation will establish the causes of traffic congestions in the city and analyze whether authorities tasked with controlling traffic in the Kingdom are performing their tasks and how they can improve their performance. The paper also aims at examining the transport networks of the city and how it is contributing to the traffic congestion in the city - Email Kalid
'Parallel lines or one way flow?'
Supervisors: Dr Karen Potter, Dr Neil MacDonald and Dr Olivier Sykes
Description: This is a problem based thesis drawn from practice and academic research on the small but growing literature on the role of planning in flood risk management. This thesis will use a deductive approach and mixed methods to test whether this problem exists using particular case studies in South Wales. The aim is to find out if and why this happens and what are the factors of influence around this. What are the barriers and opportunities to integrated approach adaptive approach? Where and how should integration occur? Drawing on identified literature themes, around language of risk and uncertainty, communication and collaboration in planning and flood risk management. It will explore if there perceptions of planning or within planning, akin to work of planning theory and theory of planning work by Fauldi (1972). - Email Charlotte
'Governing Neighbourhoods: the UK, Taiwan and China'
Supervisors: John Sturzaker (the University of Liverpool), Mingchi Chen (National Tsing Hua University)
Description: I come from China, and have completed my undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool because I really believe our university is the best one in the UK! I also work as a Course Representative in our School. Now, I am PhD student at the university, and I focus on neighbourhood governance among the UK, Taiwan and China. Neighbourhood governance is of growing concern in world wider academic communities. The research is under a dual PhD scheme, which involves research activities within the UK, China and Taiwan. Although there are many evidences show the development of neighbourhood governance in the eastern world is derived from western theories, there is litter know about this governance among the UK, China and Taiwan. The purpose of the study is to fill the gap by exploring neighbourhood governance in the UK, China and Taiwan. - Email Xinxin
'The application of polycentricity to the development of Chinese metropolitan areas'
China Scholarship Council
Supervisors: Prof Dave Shaw, Dr John Sturzaker and Dr Olivier Sykes
Description: My research attempts to fill the research gap by developing a conceptualisation of the application of polycentricity and a methodology for investigating at both metropolitan and local scales in China. In particular the focus is to investigate how successful the application of a polycentric development strategy has been at the metropolitan scale in China, and to reveal and interpret the problems in metropolitan planning systems from the perspective of planning and development of Chinese edge cities. - Email Hui
'Revitalising Britain’s High Streets: The Paradox of Decentralising Retail and Recentralising Policy'
Supervisors: Dr Alex Lord (Primary); Dr Alex Singleton; Dr Sammual Wong
Description: The rapid rise of new ‘non-physical’ retailing forms is leading to a pronounced restructuring of the ‘physical’ retail landscape in Britain that has the potential to extend far beyond anything we have seen before. However, the government’s response to this has been to largely reinforce the previously used strategy of putting ‘town centres first’. This research seeks to explore the apparent mismatch between the forces driving ‘decline’ in retail today and the dominant undercurrent of those responses aimed at countering this, by investigating how the planning system defines and understands the contemporary issues facing the built retail environment and the sources of ‘knowledge’ that are influencing this position. - Email Mark
'A comparative analysis of the provision of local authority housing in Liverpool and Newcastle upon Tyne: 1865-1964'
Supervisors: Dr John Sturzaker & Dr Olivier Sykes
Description: Building upon my previous doctoral research, this work investigates the effects of political cultures upon local authority housing provision. Liverpool’s Conservative-run council pioneered such housing in 1869, whereas the predominantly Liberal Newcastle Corporation was adamant that such matters were not its concern and vehemently rejected any outside interference in its processes of governance. After 1918 all such authorities were mandated to provide social housing. The extent to which they adapted national frameworks to reflect their own political priorities subsequently reveals much as to local internal dynamics. Penumbral issues include the interplay of neighbouring authorities, and the changes wrought to local identity through forced intra-urban migration. - Email Bertie
'Investigating the UK experiment with self-organised urban policy'
JPI Urban Europe (ESRC)
Supervisors: Dr Alex Lord, Dr Olivier Sykes and Dr John Sturzaker
Description: Against the backdrop of a move to devolve planning responsibilities to the local level, this research will collect, analyse and interpret data relating to the British experiment with self-organised urban policy, whilst being embedded in a wider European Joint Planning Initiative. Game theoretical reasoning will be employed to decipher behavioural traits that are required in order for these self-organised coalitions of actors to come together and effect change, and to analyse the internal and external dynamics of these groups within particular contexts. Such contexts will include localised enterprises such as Neighbourhood Planning, BIDs and the Duty to Cooperate. - Email John
'In Search of Health: the rhetoric and reality of healthy town planning'
ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre Studentship
Supervisors: Dr John Sturzaker, Prof Thomas Fischer and Dr Joe Ravetz (University of Manchester)
Description: Few areas of debate have burgeoned in recent years as much as those concerned with the role town planning has in promoting health and wellbeing outcomes. The aim of this research is to ‘investigate how health and wellbeing are integrated into town planning at the local level in England’. In addition to looking at how health issues are incorporated into planning processes (plans and practice), the work also seeks to determine the discourses which give shape this. - Email Peter
'The potential of using a Green Infrastructure (GI) approach in China's urban development'
Supervisors: Dr Ian Mell, Ms Sue Kidd and Dr Bing Chen
Description: Description: China's urbanization process is likely to continue for another long period. More and better organized urban green spaces are needed to ensure a standard living quality of the increasing number of urban dwellers, as well as, to bring new economic opportunities and ecological benefits to the cities. My research will investigate China’s urban green space system (UGSS) planning at the local level, and explore the potential of using a GI approach to a more efficient form of green space planning can be developed. - Email Yangnan
Shiu Fung Hung
'Review of the substantial effectiveness of Environmental Impact Assessment: Case studies in UK and Hong Kong'
Supervisors: Prof Thomas Fischer, Dr Urmila Jha-Thakur and Dr Sam Hayes
Description: This PhD project aims to investigate the capacity of Environmental Assessment in achieving the environmental goals and objectives, under influences of social context, power and bounded rationality during the process. A review framework would be established through examining theories of various disciplines, followed by empirical data collection in the UK and Hong Kong. The project seeks answers to the question of how to make environmental assessment more effective in pursuing its goals. - Email Shiu
'Exploring the Resilience of Community-Scale Green Infrastructure'
ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre Studentship
Supervisors: Prof Dave Shaw, Dr Ian Mell and Dr Paul Jones
Description: Community-scale green infrastructure (CSGI) describes green infrastructure at the local level, offering a rich picture of voluntary activity beyond food-growing initiatives and community gardens. By adopting The Mersey Forest as a geographical case study, it was possible to create a map and typology of CSGI, identifying three distinct types: formal group, formal project, and informal group/project. A case study approach explored in more depth the factors and forces at play within this devolved network of groups and projects with pluralistic governance structures. As such, this research contributes a refreshed understanding of community engagement and participation. By creating a more nuanced narrative around delivery and management, support mechanisms can be tailored to contribute to the longevity and resilience for both environmental and social benefit. - Email Gemma
Daniel J. Slade
'The Reform of Planning Practice, and the Practice of Planning Reform: How ‘Everyday’ National-Level Policymaking Practices Shape Planning and Spatial Governance'
ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre Studentship
Supervisors: Dr Olivier Sykes, Prof Graham Haughton (University of Manchester), Dr David Dolowitz, Rt Hon John Healey (MP)
Description: This project explores the ways in which everyday policymaking/deliberating/scrutinising practices within the UK’s national-level executive and legislative institutions shape planning and spatial governance more widely. Research outputs will include; an analysis of how the mechanics of parliamentary scrutiny shaped the eventual form of the Localism Act 2011 (a key pillar of the Coalition Government’s planning reform agenda), a genealogical study of how the everyday practice in the Department for Communities and Local Government shaped the 2014 Planning Practice Guidance Review, and an exploration of what complex systems theory could offer further enquiry into centrally-led planning reform. - Email Daniel
'Exploring the interaction between smart cities and culture-led development’'
Supervisors: Dr Alex Nurse and Prof Dave Shaw
Description: My current research is to explore the interaction between smart cities and culture-led development. Smart cities are not only about implementation of advanced technologies but also increasingly highlight the role of human and social capitals. However, it is obvious lack of attention on cultural domain. Therefore, the purpose of research will answer these two questions in order to consider a smarter urban future: How to focus on culture-led development in the concept of smart city? And how to apply the strategy of smart city to accelerate culture-led urban development. - Email Yizhi
'EIA Follow-up of crude oil projects in Nigeria'
Supervisors: Dr Urmila Jha-Thakur, Prof Thomas Fischer and Dr Sam Hayes
Description: EIA was formally introduced in Nigeria through the promulgation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Decree No. 86 of 1992. A lack of skills and facilities, such as laboratories to perform supervisory and monitoring responsibilities has been continuously blamed as the major reasons inhibiting regulatory authorities from performing their follow-up duties. This research aims to identify the gaps limiting EIA follow-up practice within the crude oil projects in Nigeria and develop a best practice standard for the crude oil sector. - Email Maulud
'The community-oriented transition in Chinese Commodity Housing Estates: Case studies of one developed city in Yangzte River Delta'
Supervisors: Prof Dave Shaw, Dr Sam Hayes and Dr Carol Ludwig
Description: After 1990s, Chinese cities have experienced huge transition on housing allocation, as commodity housing estates have been the dominated role in urban housing provision. This project explores the social cohesion, social capital, social control, and delivery of public goods in commodity housing estates via case studies in sampled city. The research outputs will contribute refresh understandings of grassroots social organization and social sustainability in Chinese urban neighbourhoods. - Email Le
'The challenge of realising the creative potential in emering world cities'
Supervisors: Professor David Shaw, Dr Sebastian Dembski, Dr Olivier Sykes
Description: The current global economic restructuring has put the so-called ‘creative economy’ as one of the most popular sectors to promote economic growth and competitiveness in the city level. The concept of creative city that was successfully popularised by the American and European cities has been influencing the development of many cities in the Southeast Asia. The aim of this research is to analyse how planning from different approaches can be implemented to help cities to realise their creative potentials. Using case studies of Indonesian cities, this research will investigate challenges and potentials of rational planning, collaborative planning, self-organisation planning, or the mixed approach implementations in the development of creative city. - Email Chrisna
'Tomorrow’s Eco-city in China: Improving Eco-City Development in a Culture of Collaborative Communication'
Supervisors: Dr Ian Mell, Ms Sue Kidd & Dr Bing Chen
Description: Xinkai researches models of sustainable development, with specific reference to the Eco-concept, Eco-town and Eco-cities, and evaluating the opportunities and challenges of implementing the Theory of Communication Action and Collaborative Planning in planning process. A trained planner with expertise in master, regulatory and construction planning in China. He also has experience in the UK working with the Manchester and Pennine Waterway Partnership and the Marple local community (series of action plans providing ‘Windows on the Waterways’ in 2030). - Email Xinkai
'Assessing the Social Sustainability of Urban Form: A Case Study of Urban Neighbourhoods in Shenzhen, China'
China Scholarship Council
Supervisors: Prof Dave Shaw, Dr Olivier Sykes and Dr Alex Lord
Description: My project focuses on the social sustainability of urban form. In China, the social sustainability issue has emerged with the rapid urbanisation and the massive development of new urban neighbourhoods. Through an empirical study assessing the social sustainability of the current typical patterns of Shenzhen neighbourhoods under a newly established framework, this research project indicates the pathways of shaping socially sustainable neighbourhoods and creating sustainable urban form in the future planning process. - Email Yu
'Living with food‘Explore the Interactions between Urban Agriculture (UA) and Urban Citizens in China’'
Supervisors: Dr Ian Mell，Dr Carol Ludwig
Description: The purpose of this research is to develop a better understanding of the current role of urban agriculture (UA) in human daily life as well as exploring the relationship between UA and human well-being. Thus, big challenge has been presented here that how to set people to do UA in their leisure time. In this case, This research try to explore this innovative food produce method (UA) to provide manifold opportunities for attracting citizens spending their leisure time in a useful and agreeable way within the natural surroundings of UA. - Email Yajie
'Towards sustainable neighbourhoods: Spatial characteristics and mechanisms of change affecting residential areas in transitional China, with reference to Ningbo'
Supervisors: Dr Nick Green, Dr Olivier Sykes and Prof Peter Batey
Description: During the past decades, China’s cities have experienced tremendous physical and social changes. What are these changes and how do they happen? This study focuses on the changing characteristics of the urban communities. These changes reflect the characteristic details of wider urban social and institutional changes and help us to understand the internal logic of urban transition. Drawing on the analysis of the transition process of three communities respectively in downtown, urban fringe and outskirts since 1980, including the changes of physical, social and administratively, the thesis aims to discuss the mechanisms of these dynamic and how this results in continuous changes. - Email Guoping