Dr David Webb
Lecturer in Town Planning
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 0191 208 5413
I am a chartered town planner with experience of policy making and a commitment to promoting a critical understanding of development processes in the UK. However, my research interests lie primarily in the spaces that lie beyond the scope of statutory planning processes and I am particularly interested in alternative or marginal ways of perceiving and responding to urban problems.
I am currently part of a collaborative open chair project "From doom to hope? Exploring the renegotiation of public services in challenging times" which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (through its Impact Acceleration Account programme) and Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal.
I have recently been working on the two projects below.
- an Arts and Humanities Research council funded, collaborative study of the campaign to save the South Bank undercroft. Details here: www.youthandheritage.com
- an exploration of advocacy as a potential form of alternative planning practice. Details here http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/engagement/reclaim/ and here http://www.chattrust.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=49
I have an ongoing interest in complexity theory, and actor-network theory in particular, and am interested in the role of objects in governing behaviour and in the potential of non-human actors to re-orientate established forms of government. I have a related interest in the politics of technology and in the relationship between research and societal change.
I am currently:
Degree Programme Director, BA in Urban Planning and MPlan
Director of Engagement
TCP1014 Planning Processes
TCP3051 Development Management
Additional teaching interests in planning skills, theory and practice and in historical and current aspects of urban regeneration.
- Webb D. Tactical urbanism: delineating a critical praxis. Planning Theory and Practice 2017, epub ahead of print.
- Madgin R, Webb D, Ruiz P, Snelson T. Resisting relocation and reconceptualising authenticity: the experiential and emotional values of the Southbank Undercroft, London, UK. International Journal of Heritage Studies 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Webb D. Advocacy through environmental change: developing a critical praxis (end of project report). Newcastle University, 2017.
- Madgin R, Webb D, Ruiz P, Snelson T. Engaging youth in cultural heritage: time, place and communication. 2016. Youth and Heritage.
- Webb D, Madgin R, Ruiz P, Snelson T. Giving weight to lived heritage. Town and Country Planning 2016, 301-303.
- Webb D. The importance of the past: cultural legacy and making fairness real. In: Davoudi, S; Bell, D, ed. Justice and fairness in the city: a multi-disciplinary approach to 'ordinary' cities. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2016, pp.189-207.
- Webb David. Towards an extended symmetry: using ANT to reflect on the theory and practice gap. In: Rydin, Yvonne Tate, Laura, ed. Actor Networks of Planning: Exploring the Influence of Actor Network Theory. Oxon: Taylor and Francis, 2016, pp.217-230.
- Ruiz P, Snelson T, Madgin R, Webb D. “You Can’t Move History” (film documentary) available here http://www.youthandheritage.com/you-can-t-move-history.html. 2015.
- Hart T, Webb D. Developing planning policies. In: Cullingworth, B; Nadin, V; Hart, T; Davoudi, S; Pendlebury, J; Vigar, G; Webb, D; and Townshend, T, ed. Town and Country Planning in the UK. London, UK: Routledge, 2015, pp.199-242.
- Webb D. Labour's future lies in co-operation and solidarity, not managerialism and party politics. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, 2015. Available at: https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/nisr/2015/07/23/labours-future-lies-in-co-operation-and-solidarity-not-managerialism-and-party-politics/.
- Cullingworth B, Nadin V, Hart T, Davoudi S, Pendlebury J, Vigar G, Webb D, Townshend T. Town and Country Planning in the UK. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2015.
- Webb D. Sub-heritage: resilience through reinvention. Heritage Exchange Conference 2014.
- Webb D, Cullingworth B, Nadin V. Urban policies. In: Cullingworth, B; Nadin, V; Hart, T; Davoudi, S;, Pendlebury, J; Vigar, G; Webb, D; Townshend, T, ed. Town and Country Planning in the UK. London, UK: Routledge, 2014.
- Webb D. Conceptualising the bounded agency of housing researchers: the case of housing market renewal in England. International Journal of Housing Policy 2012, 12(3), 315-330.
- Webb D. The Knowledge Business: The Commodification of Urban and Housing Research. Housing Studies 2012, 27(5), 722-723.
- Webb D. Reworking renewal for a time of austerity. Town and Country Planning 2011, 80, 385-388.
- Webb D. The Limits of Associative Democracy: a Comment on an Actor- Relational Approach in Spatial Planning. Planning Theory 2011, 10(3), 272-281.
- Webb D. Coping with the politics of renewal: Insights from a case study of whitefield, Nelson. Open House International 2010, 35(4), 58-65.
- Webb D. Rethinking the role of markets in urban renewal: The Housing Market Renewal Initiative in England. Housing, Theory and Society 2010, 27(4), 313-331.
- Webb David. Planning matter: acting with things. Planning Theory & Practice 2018. In Press.