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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Phil Allmendinger was appointed Professor of Land Economy in 2008 after holding senior roles at a number of other universities across the UK. From 2012 he was Head of Department and Deputy Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences and from 2015 - 2020 Head of the School. He is senior advisor to the Vice Chancellor on City and Regional Affairs and a Deputy Vice Chancellor.

His research focuses on urban planning and his latest book, The Forgotten City, was published in 2021. He is currently working on a project on the Post-Covid City with Stefania Fiorentino in the department which will be published as a book by Edward Elgar.


Key publications: 

Selected recent publications.

  • Allmendinger, P. (2016) Neoliberal Spatial Governance, Routledge, London
  • Allmendinger, P., Haughton, G. and Shepherd, E. Where is planning to be found? Material practices and the multiple spaces of planning, Environment and Planning C, (accepted and awaiting publication).
  • Sielker, F., Chilla, T. and Allmendinger, P. Europeanizing Territoriality – Towards Soft Spaces?, Environment and Planning A (accepted and awaiting publication).
  • Allmendinger, P., Haughton, G., Knieling, J. and Othengrafen, F. (2015) Soft Spaces of Governance in Europe: A Comparative Perspective, Routledge, London
  • Metzger, J., Allmendinger, P. and Oosterlynck, S. (eds) (2014) Displacing the Political: Democratic Deficits in Contemporary European Territorial Governance, Routledge, London
  • Haughton, G. and Allmendinger, P. (2013) Spatial Planning and the New Localism, Routledge
  • Haughton, G., Allmendinger, P. and Oosterlynck, S. (2013) Spaces of neoliberal experimentation: soft spaces, post-politics and neoliberal governmentality, Environment and Planning A, 45: 217-234
  • Allmendinger, P. and Haughton, G. (2013) The Evolution and Trajectories of Neoliberal Spatial Governance: 'neoliberal' episodes in planning, Planning Practice and Research, 28(1): 6-26
  • Allmendinger, P. and Haughton, G. (2012) Post-political Spatial Planning in England: A Crisis of Consensus? Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 37(1): 89-103
  • Allmendinger. P (2011) New Labour and Planning. From New Right to New Left, Routledge
  • Haughton, G. and Allmendinger, P. (2010) Spatial Planning, Devolution and New Planning Spaces, Environment and Planning C, Government and Policy, 28(5):  803-818
  • Allmendinger, P. and Haughton, G. (2010) Critical Reflection on Spatial Planning, Environment and Planning A, 41: 2544-2549
  • Allmendinger, P. and Haughton, G. (2009) Soft spaces, fuzzy boundaries and metagovernance: the new spatial planning in the Thames Gateway, Environment and Planning A, 41: 617 - 633 
  • Haughton, G, Allmendinger, P., Counsell, D.  and Vigar, G (2009) Integrated Spatial Planning, Devolution and Governance in the British Isles, Routledge
  • Allmendinger, P. (2009) Planning Theory (2nd Edition), Palgrave
  • Tewdwr-Jones, M. and Allmendinger, P. (2006) Territory, Identity and Space: Planning in a Disunited Kingdom, Routledge
  • Allmendinger, P. & Ball, M. Explaining the Paradox of Performance Improvements and Delay in Development Control, Urban Design and Planning (accepted and awaiting publication).
  • Allmendinger, P.  and Haughton, G. (2009) Soft spaces, fuzzy boundaries and metagovernance: the new  spatial planning in the Thames Gateway, Environment  and Planning A, 41: 617 - 633
  • Haughton, G. and Allmendinger, P. (2008) The Soft Spaces of Local Economic Development, Local Economy 23(2): 138 - 148.
  • Allmendinger, P. and Haughton, G., (2007) The fluid scales and scope of spatial planning in the UK, Environment and Planning A, 39(6) 1478 – 1496.
  • Allmendinger, P. (2007) Mobile Phone Mast Development and the Rise of Third Party Governance, Planning Practice and Research, 22(2): 177-196
  • Allmendinger, P. Zoning by stealth? (2006) The diminution of discretionary planning, International Planning Studies, 11 (2): 137-143
  • Allmendinger, P. and Gunder, M. (2005) Applying Lacanian Insight to Planning’s ‘Dark Side’, Planning Theory, 4 (1): 87-112.
  • Tewdwr-Jones, M., Allmendinger, P., and Morphet, J. (2005) Local Government, Modernization and Community Strategies: The Challenge for Local Planning, Environment and Planning A 38(3): 533-551.
Professor of Land Economy
Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
Professor  Philip   Allmendinger