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 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’s research interests include planning cultures and socio-cultural aspects of housing including second homes and suburban cultures. He is also focused on planning policy in the UK, in particular green belt, density and the use of Brownfield land. Alan also has a focus on London. He is part of the LSE London research group for which he organises an annual seminar series.
International collaboration includes: shrinking suburbs with Hosei University in Tokyo; planning the compact city in northern Europe 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.
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 in cultural geography with a focus on London.