The Planning discipline promotes interdisciplinary working and research led teaching with the goal of facilitating collaborative learning among faculty, students, and practitioners.
The ethos of the Planning School is to focus on the development of knowledge, skills and competences within our students, which flow directly from a professional remit that is spatial, sustainable, integrative and inclusive. Through our programmes, we encourage students to reflect on the outcomes and drivers of the planning and development process whilst simultaneously developing practical skills and exposing them to real world experience. We also seek to develop their analytical skills by encouraging them to scrutinise developments in policy and practice through lenses that are theoretical, historical and international and to view curriculum topics within a wider theoretical, temporal and spatial context. As a research driven School, we also strive to ensure that our and others’ Planning research informs student activities and that they are aware of the dynamic nature of changes in society, the economy and the environment.
The discipline has an impressive track record in winning major UK and international funding from bodies including INNOVATE UK, RCUK, EU, GRCF in areas from core ‘science’ research to public engagements, training, capacity building and digital modelling.
Our vision is to enhance research productivity, increase funded research, grow the number of research students and PDRAs, facilitate integrated scholarly activity and promote the discipline as a leading hub for global research. In this context, our research priorities are guided by global challenges and a need to achieve sustainable development in our built and natural environment.
KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS
What would an age-friendly city look like
Aging in the Global South
This project explores the role of city planning and design on providing age-friendly environments that are free from physical and social barriers and supported by policies, systems, services, products and technologies to promote health and build and maintain physical and mental capacity across the life course.
Digital modelling for Planning Practice and Research
VU.CITY is the most accessible, accurate and interactive 3-d platform in the world. It enables everyone in the planning and development process to make faster and better informed decisions, helping create a better future for all.
All Eyes on Us: Big Data for Surveillance in Society
The built environment influences mobility and transportation, but objective study of environmental influences on human behaviours is challenging. Portable sensors like Go-Pro cameras provide a unique method to capture mobility. Using qualitative methodology, we use GoPros as a tool to capture environmental factors that affect physical activity in public spaces.
The discipline has many world-class researchers and the key areas of expertise are:
- Economic development
- Neoliberal Urbanism
- Public Health
- City branding
- Illegal drugs
- Environmentally sustainable and resilient development that tackles the challenges presented for cities, climate, environment, communities and blue growth.
- Rural design
- Healthy cities, and age-friendly places.
- Affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable renewable energy.
- The planning of future sustainable cities which are agile and future ready, for example for near zero energy autonomous vehicles.
- Technological innovation for the digital transformation of Planning.
UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE PATHWAYS
The School currently offers four programmes which are professionally accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Town Planning Institute. These are as follows:
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