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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Kelvin is Senior Fellow at the Department of Land Economy.

He is the Specialist Adviser on planning policy to the House of Commons Housing, Communities & Local Government Select Committee and is an Examining Inspector dealing with major infrastructure projects for the Planning Inspectorate.  He is a Built Environment Expert (BEE) at the Design Council.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of Town Planning Review and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton.

He is Chair of the RTPI Partnership Board for Liverpool University and Vice-Chair of the Partnership Board at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

He is a member of the Management Board of Brighton Housing Trust, having previously been a member of the Board of Trustees of Shelter for six years.  He was formerly Director of Policy and Research and then the Chief Policy Adviser to the Royal Town Planning Institute.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, of the Royal Town Planning Institute and of the Royal Society of Arts and he is a 'Distinguished Professional' Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.


  • Planning history
  • The interface between planning and politics
  • Ethics in planning
  • The boundary between state control and individual freedom in planning
  • The relationship between planning theory and planning practice
  • Covid-19 and planning
  • Planning law
  • Planning for infrastructure, particularly airports
  • Land value capture
 Kelvin  MacDonald

Contact Details

Email address: 
(01223) 337140