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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.