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Dr Rob Richardson is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research in the Department of Land Economy. He is particularly interested in spatial governance and the built environment, including the local implementation of planning and urban design policy. His current research at CCHPR includes projects on the relationship between digital exclusion and the cost of living crisis, and on how the theme of transformation is understood in relation to the key policy challenges addressed by social scientists. He has previously worked as a Research Assistant on an ESRC-funded collaboration between the University of Glasgow and University of Sheffield, 'Real Estate, Place Adaptation and Innovation within an Integrated Retailing System' ('REPAIR'). Rob completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow, funded by an ESRC collaborative studentship with West Dunbartonshire Council, which considered how well-designed places can be more consistently delivered through the planning system. He has an MRes in Urban Research and an MSc in City Planning & Real Estate Development from the University of Glasgow, and an MA in Geography from University of Cambridge, which he completed as a member of Robinson College. He has previously taught social and public policy at undergraduate level, and city planning at postgraduate level, both at the University of Glasgow.


Key publications: 


Richardson, R., Holmes, H., and Burgess, G. (2023). Digital exclusion and the cost of living crisis. CCHPR and Places for People.

White, J.T., Hickie, J., Jackson, C., Orr, A., and Richardson, R (2023). The experience economy in UK city centres: A multidimensional and interconnected response to the ‘death of the high street’? Urban Studies, OnlineFirst.

Orr, A. M., Jackson, C. C., White, J. T., Lawson, V., Gardner, A., Hickie, J., Stewart, J. L. and Richardson, R (2022). Retail Change and Transition in UK City Centres: Real Estate, Place Adaptation and Innovation within an Integrated Retailing system (REPAIR) End of Project Report.

Richardson, R., and White, J. T. (2021). Design Governance, Austerity and the Public Interest: Planning and the Delivery of ‘Well-Designed Places’ in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Planning Theory and Practice, 22, 4, 572-594.

Richardson, R., and Clifford, P (2021). The long term public interest: Delivering high quality placemaking in West Dunbartonshire. The Scottish Planner, 186, 8-9.


Other publications: 


Richardson, R. (2023) "Everybody should have seen themselves as a place maker”: Developing place leadership in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2023, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 14-17 June 2023.

Lawson, V., White, J. T., Hickie, J., and Richardson, R. (2022). Leisure and entertainment experiences: Reshaping city centres. REPAIR Work Package B Policy Brief.

Richardson, R. (2022) Transcending public-private boundaries: The duality of discretionary design review. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference 2022, Toronto, Canada, 3-5 November 2022.

Richardson, R. (2022) 'Design Governance' at 'Street Level’: Delivering Well-Designed Places in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2022, Manchester, UK, 5-7 Sep 2022.

Richardson, R. (2022) Delivering Urban Design and Economic Growth in Peripheral Places: Design-led Regeneration in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2022, Newcastle, UK, 30 Aug - 2 Sep 2022.

Richardson, R. (2021) The urban design process, by Philip Black and Taki Eddin Sonbli, London, Lund Humphries, 2019, 160 pp., GBP£ 29.95 (hardback), ISBN: 9781848222885. Journal of Urban Design, 26(5), pp. 653-655. [Book review].

Research Associate