Dr Alan Mace joined the Department in 2010. Prior to this he combined practice and academic work. As a spatial planner in London he worked on policy development and also has considerable experience of community involvement in planning. He combined this with his role as senior lecturer at the University of Westminster, before which he was a research fellow at UCL.
Alan has joint training as both a planner and geographer. His research interest is the interface of planning practice and particular settlement types and/or cultures. It includes work on planning cultures, suburbanism, the impact of second homes in rural communities and the planning responses to shrinking cities.
Alan’s teaching focuses on the politics of planning and on UK practice. He is one of the core staff delivering the Masters programme in Regional and Urban Planning Studies (RUPS). He also teaches undergraduate courses including in cultural geography with a focus on London.
Alan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He is part of the LSE London research centre for which he organises an annual seminar series. He has carried out research on second homes for the Welsh Assembly Government and the Countryside Agency. International collaboration includes: comparative work on shrinking cities for the Anglo-German Foundation and with Hosei University in Tokyo; comparative work across northern Europe on planning, governance and the compact city with the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research; and, internal space standards in England and Italy funded by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
His latest book, City Suburbs: placing suburbia in a post-suburban world, is published by Routledge, and is currently being translated for a Chinese edition.