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Dr Stephen Hincks

Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning

Stephen's research covers two broad themes. The first theme focuses on conceptualising, measuring and analysing the dynamics of spatial development. This area of research involves developing and applying different analytical frameworks and methodologies to understand complex spatial structures and processes.  This has included research on housing and labour market interaction; changing housing and neighbourhood interactions; the measurement of spatial planning outcomes; neighbourhood change; migration in Europe; and spatial housing market analysis.  

The second theme focuses on the analysis and evaluation of spatial and territorial policies.  This area of work involves understanding the drivers of spatial and territorial policies; the processes, practices and governance arrangements underpinning policy development and implementation; and the spatial, economic and social impacts of dfferent policy interventions.  This has included research on the practice of local and strategic spatial planning; infrastructure delivery; evidence-based spatial strategy-making; the analysis of urban policy in the UK; and the analysis of the spatial impacts and conflicts generated by government policies. 

Division: 
Research
Sustainability enthusiast?: 
No
Interdisciplinary themes: 
Buildings
Cities
Development
Economy
Education
Policy

Connections

Course

Cities and Society

To examine key economic, social and environmental issues faced by the built environment professions; how environmental pressures shape patterns of land-use in urban areas; environmental policies

Research

A Map for England

Spatial expression of government policies and programmes, relating to economic, social and environmental priorities

http://www.rtpi.org.uk/knowledge/core-issues/map-for-england/

Group

Centre for Urban Policy Studies

The Centre of Urban Policy Studies (CUPS) was established in The University of Manchester by Professor Brian Robson in 1983 to develop research on urban and regional policy.

The centre now has an established reputation for:

  • policy-relevant research on the evaluation of area-based urban policy initiatives;
  • regional development;
  • spatial planning and housing;
  • and the measurement of neighbourhood dynamics.
Keywords: 
Planning, Cities

Group

cities@manchester

The world is primarily an urban place and so scholars, policy makers, and public debate needs to address the urbanity of human experience. Cities are often projected as sources of disorder and social problems, yet cities have always been sources of cultural creativity, transnational connection, diversity, conviviality, and motors of intellectual, economic, environmental and political transformation. 

Keywords: 
Cities, Sustainable cities, Smart cities, Built environment