Planning Studies newsletter issue 17

Hello everyone,

Another year has passed. I hope it has been a good one for you - send us an e-mail and let us know!

As I write (sorry, type), the current cohort of Masters students is leaving S400 for the Derek Diamond walking seminar through the City. Derek is still returning from retirement to do this each year and it is a much appreciated event of the year. As far as I can see, retirement is a pretty good number - it consists of spending the British winter in the Maldives - Derek says he is advising the government there on regional planning! Quality of beaches seems to be a key issue in these plans.

The new group of students - just over 20 and rather smaller than in the past three years - are again a happy and lively international bunch, although the number of European students has dropped. I think that this is due to the exchange rate between Sterling and the Euro - however the Greeks are still well represented! I did some analysis for the Association of European Planning Schools Newsletter, showing the shifts in the nationalities on the course over the years. It is interesting to speculate on why these changes happen. I have included the analysis in this Newsletter as I thought some of you might like to see it.

A number of students from last years Masters course attended the Graduation Ceremony in December (see below for photos). The results this year were of a very high standard - the best for a long time, with five distinctions. Congratulations also to Ioannis Chorianopoulos who was awarded his PhD for his thesis on 'Urban governance and territorial competition in Europe: an analysis of the north-south diversity in the EU urban policy networks'. Many of the Masters student from last year have already obtained excellent jobs in Development Banks, the European Commission, Planning Consultancies, regeneration projects and other interesting posts. A feature of recent years has been that a number stay around in London for a while before moving on. Could part of the reason be that while on the course the workload is so intense that they never get a chance to explore the city? A new feature of the course is a project that requires students to analyse particular neighbourhoods in London, this year Peckham, Rotherhithe and Hoxton, so they will be experiencing the city beyond the Aldwych and the LSE Halls of Residence!

London has been an exciting place to be during 2000. Notwithstanding the problems with Millennium projects, the city is becoming more and more lively with cultural and leisure activities expanding dramatically. The South Bank has become an even greater focus for culture with the opening of the very successful Tate Modern Art gallery, in the converted Bankside Power Station, and the replica of the old Globe Theatre. Meanwhile, the City fringes, such as Clerkenwell and Hoxton, are alive with the buzz of media and cultural industries and trendy new designer restaurants and clubs. Nearer to the LSE two new public spaces have just opened that, in my view, are the best in London, the British Museum Courtyard and the square in the centre of Somerset House. London has also been a lively place politically. We had the first ever elections for a Mayor in which the independent candidate Ken Livingstone won easily - to the great dismay of Tony Blair and the Labour Party. Yvonne Rydin and I obtained an ESRC research grant to explore the first six months of the new government with respect to planning and sustainability. The researchers on this project, Karen West and Kath Scanlon (MSc 1991/2) have been doing some excellent work on this - perhaps we will report on it in the next Newsletter.

As you have probably guessed from the cover - the last study trip visited the Netherlands. This was organised by Remko van de Kamp, who was an exchange student from the University of Utrecht. He put on an excellent tour in which we visited, and had talks on, the major new urban projects in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague. Utrecht was our base, which was a very pleasant and attractive town - we carried out a survey of its bars and restaurants!

Another major event during the year, at least for the organisers Yvonne Rydin and myself, was the Planning Research 2000 Conference which was held at the LSE. This is an annual British conference for people involved in research in the planning area, with the encouragement of PhD student presentations as one of its aims. Going on the responses we got afterwards, this was a very successful event with keynote talks from Bent Flyberg, Patrick Dunleavy, Ricky Burdett and Ed Soja. It attracted about 200 people, many from overseas. We were very ably supported in the organisation of this by the PhD planning students from the LSE, led by Yonn Dierwechter, and many of them presented papers. The proceedings will be published in two books by Ashgate (details next year!).

A rather sadder event took place last December when Mark Kleinman left the LSE. I say sad, but it was certainly not sad for him as he is now a Professor in the Social Policy Department at Bristol University - congratulations. However his absence will leave a large hole in the planning course - as many of you know, he has played a very central and enthusiastic role over the years.

You will find a piece in this Newsletter from Jason Calla (Msc 1997/8) about some of the work he has been doing. Can we encourage you all to send in such items on the work you are doing or about an interesting project in your locality. And of course keep your personal news rolling in.

Best wishes,

Andy Thornley

Course Director

P.S. Sorry if we have missed any of your messages in the Student News listings - it is easy to 'lose' e-mails! If we have, please send us an update.

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I have been spurred into writing this news item about the Regional and Urban Planning Studies Programme at the LSE after reading the piece in the last AESOP Newsletter about developments at the Bartlett. In that piece it said that the Bartlett was the only Planning School within London University. So I thought I would remind people that the programme at the LSE, which was set up in 1966 with Professor Sir Peter Hall as its first Director, is still alive. More than that - it is flourishing, with 30 students every year on the Masters course and 20 on the PhD programme.

As befits it location in the LSE the programme takes a social science approach and is very international in both its syllabus and student body. It was set up as an inter-departmental venture by the Departments of Government, Economics and Geography and Environment with the Social Policy Department also now playing a major role. This gives the course a very special character that focuses on the contribution these disciplines can give to the understanding of planning processes and policy. This approach has proved highly relevant over the years and the graduates have been extremely successful in gaining very good and stimulating jobs in both public and private sectors. Many are also now employed in international organisations such as the World Bank or the European Commission. A new feature of the programme has been the appointment of visiting professors who spend about three months at the LSE contributing to the programme and this has helped to enhance even further its international perspective. Currently playing this role are the world famous academics, David Harvey (John Hopkins University, Baltimore), Saskia Sassen (Chicago University) and Ed Soja (UCLA).

Readers of Aesop News may be particularly interested in the European dimension of the course which is very strong, with many staff having an expertise in this area and about a third of the students coming from Europe in recent years. One phenomena, which has increased in recent years, is the trend for European students, especially from France, Spain and Italy, to get jobs in London after they have graduated, particularly with planning consultancies. An interesting aspect to explore is whether the attempt by the EU in 1992 to harmonise University level qualifications to allow easier movement of students across European countries has had any effect on the LSE course. My impression is that, not withstanding the EU's attempt to ease the interchange of students, many are still restricted by the structure of the undergraduate education in their particular country. The LSE experience has been that there have been a lot students from France, Italy, Portugal, Greece but far fewer from the Netherlands, Germany or Scandinavia, where the concept of a one year free standing Masters course does not fit so well into their educational structure (see figures below). However many students from such countries are doing the Masters course at the LSE as part of a PhD programme based in their host countries.

For those who are interested in the details here are a few facts about the origin of students doing the Masters programme. Unfortunately statistics of this kind are not available for the first two years of the course, so the tables begin in 1968 and take averages over four year periods to even out peculiarities of individual years. It is an interesting game to try and understand the variations in the origin of the students. Is this to do with the economic prosperity in certain parts of the world? Does it depend on governmental policies of educational support? Is it the impact of political ideology on the popularity of planning as a subject? It can be seen that the interest from North America has remained fairy constant but that from most other regions has varied over time. The UK percentage shows a continuous and dramatic decline. Latin America went through a boom between 1977 and 1984. While students from South East Asia only began coming in the mid 1980s with another increase from 1994 onwards, so that now they are a significant presence. This interest seems to have survived the Asian economic crisis and currently there are about five students every year sponsored by Japanese Ministries and Development Bank. Finally returning to Europe. We can see that there is a very small increase in numbers after the 1992 harmonisation Act, and that the major increase in interest from Europe came earlier starting in 1985. The second table shows the country by country breakdown of these European students for the last eight years and confirms the view that the students tend to come from particular countries. It would be interesting to know if this pattern was replicated in other planning courses and in other subject areas.

Further information on the Planning Studies programme at the LSE can be found on the website.

Andy Thornley
Director of Planning Studies,




68-71 72-75 76-79 80-83 84-87 88-91 92-95 96 -99
Total number 73 98 79 81 82 57 64 121
Origin in %:                
UK 45 39 32 26 22 16 13 12
US & Canada 36 37 11 22 27 28 23 18
Latin America 6 4 27 21 7 4 6 10
SE Asia 1 1 1 2 7 23 25 24
Other 8 6 10 20 7 3 6 6
Europe 4 13 19 9 29 26 27 30


(Total number of 53)

France 13 Switzerland 1
Greece 10 Belgium 1
Italy 6 Germany 1
Norway 6 Romania 1
Spain 4 Yugoslavia 1
Portugal 3 Czech R. 1
Austria 2 Russia 1
Sweden 2    

RUPS fieldtrip 1999/2000 to The Netherlands

By Nancy Easter (MSc 1999/2000)

Windmills, cheeses, clogs, tulips and decidedly flat terrain? If it's Monday it must be The Netherlands!


Monday 20th March: 'Gotta Love Utrecht!'

We all arrived in Utrecht in dribs and drabs, but managed to assemble together in Utrecht Central Station in time to meet our welcome party of students from Utrecht University. Already we could tell that this was going to be no ordinary field trip when Remko and the rest of the self-appointed 'LSE Fieldtrip Squad' passed around the beautifully compiled study packs containing background information on the visits we were to make, detailed time plans, and related website addresses.

The afternoon was taken up by a guided tour of the historical city centre of Utrecht by Dr. Henk Cohlst from the University of Utrecht Planning Department. Dr. Cohlst spoke of the impact of the giant shopping mall that dominates much of the city centre, and of the planning decisions involved in locating a mall in the middle of the mediaeval centre of Utrecht.

After a relaxed meal next to a canal, we all met up again at 'De Witte Ballons' pub and were introduced to some real live Dutch planning students - Crazy Guys!

Tuesday 21st March: 'Amsterdam: City Metropolis'

We dragged ourselves out of bed in time for a lovely breakfast before we left the hostel (although there was some confusion as to whether the chocolate sprinkles provided should go with the jam or, as Elaine insisted, with the cheese).

We were all bundled on to a bus headed for Utrecht University where we heard a very interesting lecture by Professor Ton Kreukels on the Randstad and main ports of Holland. Despite a 'nutty professor' air about him, Prof. Kreukels knew his stuff, and we soon realised that he would never be able to answer all our questions if we were to get to our next appointment in time.

We all piled back onto the bus to dash for a train to Amsterdam Zuid As. This area is in the process of being redeveloped by the local government and private developers such as ING. At the Amsterdam Zuid As Office, we helped ourselves to the first of what would be many cups of complementary coffee during our field trip, although the quality and quantity of biscuits was to vary, much to John's disappointment.

Here we heard a talk detailing the masterplan for the area due to become Holland's newest business district, and were given a tour of the site. The area benefits from being located near the busiest traffic axis in the country, and has already attracted the headquarters of a number of international firms.

We barely had time to take in all the information before we squeezed back on the train again to Schiphol Airport. We made great use of the public transport system during our stay, and were amazed to find that no journey lasted longer than one hour, no matter what direction we headed in.

At Schiphol we were ushered into the visitor's centre and offered more coffee and luxury biscuits this time, something for which we were very grateful, as lunchtime had come and gone long ago. We soon learnt that the Dutch carry little parcels of sandwiches with them everywhere. Every carriage on the train looks like the buffet car!

Here we were given a presentation on the development and future expansion of the airport, complete with slideshow and promotional video. The planning problems associated with airports and the construction of a fifth runway were discussed, and despite our presenter's obvious dismay at all the delays in the planning process, we couldn't help but notice the relative efficiency of the system compared to London Heathrow's Terminal Five.

After a little exploration of the interactive features of the visitor's centre (yes, we did pretend to be aeroplanes on the mock-up runway), we went through passport control before boarding a bus for a tour of the airside part of Schiphol. Many took this opportunity for a quick nap, especially when the giant cargo planes promised to us by our tour guide failed to materialise, but I still managed to fill a whole film with pictures of KLM planes!

Wednesday 22nd March: 'Regeneration and Planning in the Netherlands' Den Haag

Up bright and early again to get on the train to The Hague (not so easy when John, Constantinos, Carlos, Rattama and I had been exploring the bars of Utrecht and taking a curious stroll down the town's modest red light district until two in the morning).

At The Hague New Centre project offices, we heard of the adventurous plans to redevelop the city and re-market it as a centre for working and living. It is a successful example of partnerships between government, municipality and private developers. We were taken on a tour of the project area and were shown some wonderful examples of the Dutch and international architecture that is changing the skyline of the city.

During the lunch break, a few of us took the opportunity to explore some of the older parts of Den Haag for ourselves. In the afternoon we went to the National Planning Service and heard how national policy was effecting changes in the town and all over Holland. Many of the Dutch students had also joined us for the rare opportunity to hear a presentation from such an important body in Dutch planning.

After, we took advantage of the local knowledge of some of the students as they took us on an impromptu tour of the city, including the parliament and the Queen's residence. We ended the day paddling on the beach (the water was a little chilly - being March) and eating giant pancakes for dinner.

Thursday 23rd March: 'Big City Rotterdam'

Our last day took us to the port of Rotterdam, currently undergoing a major regeneration in the style of London's Docklands. We heard an amazing presentation at the Kop van Zuid centre chronicling the degeneration of the south of Rotterdam and the subsequent measures to turn around the future of the area.

We ended a tour of the project area at the Spido boat, a favourite excursion of Dutch primary school children (and MSc planning students). The sun had come out for us as we relaxed on deck eating our sandwiches and drinking beers after a frantic but very enjoyable field trip.


RUPS 1999-2000 in Rotterdam

Many thanks to Remko van de Kamp, A-man, Bram, Femke, Mireille and Tim; the 'LSE Fieldtrip Squad' at the planning department in Utrecht University, without whom 22 LSE planning students and one Course Director would have been wandering around Holland aimlessly for a week!


Staff news

Hazel Johnstone

Hazel Johnstone continues at the Gender Institute, which now has a full time complement of 3 academic staff and a myriad of researchers on board. The GI now has five masters programmes and a thriving PhD cohort, and remains is a really good place in which to work. She is looking forward to returning to the main campus after 2 years in captivity at the back of the temporary library, although it remains to be revealed exactly where in the campus they will be rehoused! Hazel recently had lunch with Derek Diamond, who was fit & well, and tanned from the Maldives (work, allegedly) and happily keeps in touch with Geography & Planning colleagues and old Planning students (Tovi Fenster; Brian Linneker; Dan Graham; Natasha Milanovich to name but a few).

Derek Diamond

My Millennium year contained a real surprise. Five years ago in 1995 I helped the Government of the Maldives Republic devise their first ever regional development strategy and since then I heard no more. This year I received a phone call to say that they had now put together a financial package for the implementation of 2 regional development plans and please would I come and assist with their implementation. I'm in the middle of this (implementation) process at this point of time surrounded by engineers, eager locals and nervous cabinet ministers who have borrowed to build the essential infrastructure. The final instalment in this saga will have to await the next newsletter.

Yvonne Rydin

The PASTILLE project, which is designed to look at the impact that sustainability indicators have on public policy, is moving along swiftly. We have now met three times once in London, Lyon and Vienna respectively. The latest meeting, which was in Vienna, proved an exciting and stimulating experience. Some of the international panel were present at the meeting and provided each team with valuable advice regarding the direction and scope of future research. Additionally, with many of the initial administrative tasks handled in the first two meetings we were able to focus on issues like theory and research methodology. The upcoming period in PASTILLE's timetable will be predominated by intensive data collection and research. This material will be the focus of our upcoming meeting in Winterthur, Switzerland in March. 

Professor Michael Hebbert

In September 2000 Michael ended a two-year fellowship working on a book on 'urbanism' as a guest of Nigel Spence at Queen Mary College, and became plunged into administration as head of Manchester's School of Planning and Landscape, where Andy Thornley learned his town planning long ago. As a director of the Ancoats Urban Village Company and a trustee of the Ancoats Buildings Preservation Trust, Michael is active in the current dramatic transformation of East Manchester. But the biggest challenge at present is all about off-beat rhythms: playing samba and bossa nova on the concertina.

Professor Christine Whitehead

During the year 2000 Christine Whitehead acted as Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on PPG3 - the second major inquiry on housing need and land availability since the Labour Government came to power.

She also remained a member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Land Inquiry - due to report in March 2001.

The big research reports she was associated with during the year included one on housing demand and need in the South East (for the National Housing Federation) - for which she was accused of wanting to concrete over the South East in the Times; "Housing in London: Future Perspectives" for the Housing Corporation and Government Office for London; and the fourth and final report for the Shelter Investment project.

Christine was keynote speaker at the European Network of Housing Research 2000 Conference in Gavle, Sweden in June 2000. She gave a paper on the Use of Prices in the planning System at the World Congress of Regional Science Lugano, May 2000. She spoke at numerous conferences around Britain - including the Shelter Conference "Building for the Future" in May 2000; the National Housing Federation Chief Executive, Private Finance and Annual Conferences; and the Department of Urban Studies University of Glasgow Conference - mainly on national housing investment strategies, housing demand and need in the South East and on the developing role of social housing.

Student news


Robert Struthers writes from Ontario, Canada where he has recently joined a start-up telecom company which has expanded to 23 centres in Canada. Robert is responsible for all real property issues for the Group Telecom. He keeps in touch with Denis Cote, Kevin Lovell, Tomaso Pompili and Sue Abs.


Rocío Valdivielso del Real continues to work at the Open University in Madrid, in the Department of Political Science and Administration. Rocío will return to London to finish a programme at Birkbeck College (University of London).


John Adam would like to say hi to his fellow "planning buddies". If anybody wants to make contact please email John at|.


Kath Scanlon is now back in London and is working on an ESRC Research Project looking at the planning and sustainability aspects of the new Greater London Authority.


Jeroen Weimar has been working for the past year as the Director of the Performance and Partnership division of the new Greater London Authority.


Stephen Diamond initially worked for London's Hammersmith and Fulham Council, on European funding programmes, but progressed to European Officer in the Council's Regeneration Division. However, from 2001 he will be European Officer in the new Greater London Authority.

Marc Hochstein now combines journalism with urbanism, and works as Senior Editor of real estate magazine, GRID, in New York. He is getting married in May and has planned a honeymoon in Thailand. Marc recently had a visit from Peter Hall, and also met up with Ivan Parvex in London.

Peter V Hall has spent the past year travelling, and has also become an uncle! After visiting his parents in Cape Town, Peter spent the summer teaching, and then went onto Los Angeles to research his dissertation. He confesses to his fellow planners that he found it a fascinating and not altogether awful place!

Takahiko Hasegawa has recently transferred from the Ministry of Construction in Japan to the OECD in Paris, where he will work for 2 years on a project looking at sustainable housing development policy.

Kuniko Shibata was in Adelaide, Australia from June to November 2000, working on a research project to do with urban innovation, in particular an "Eco-City" project planned on a brownfield site. She has now returned to the LSE to continue her PhD.


George Bakis is working for the Regional Government (Region of Central Macedonia) in the Department of Planning and Development. He is currently involved with a cross-border co-operation initiative and EU structural funding.

Marie Chevrant-Breton left London in August 2000 for France. There, she is helping to launch the national Alpha office in Maurecourt, north-west of Paris.

Susan Dowse is currently living in Alberta, Canada.

Christian Feghali is working at Credit Suisse in Economic Research. Their second child was born in September 2000. Christian recently co-authored a study on real estate in Switzerland.

Monica Lacerda and her husband Peter write from London, where they are in the process of buying a new flat. Monica resigned from Chase earlier this year.


Matt Lasner has been accepted to do a PhD at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Ray Magdaluyo is focusing on his family restaurant business "The Red Crab Seafood and Steaks" (specialising in cooking HUGE crabs), of which the 3rd branch will be opening soon in Malate in Manila.

Ichie Pangaribuan is still a lecturer in Urban Economics at ITB in Manila. Ichie is taking a sabbatical to concentrate on her own 'small project' of trying for a baby!

Anna Prat writes from Rome where she is working for an urban planning consultancy, mainly on feasibility studies and urban projects. She says that she is neither married nor engaged, but is open to any interesting proposal!

Yuki Tanaka (nee Yamaguchi) writes from Tokyo, where she recently gave birth to a daughter, Misuzu (meaning "a beautiful bell").

Soammaphat Traisorat and Wallapa Sirivadhanabhakdi were married in Bangkok on 12 October 2000, and visited Andy in London on the last stretch of their honeymoon trip around Europe. Their marriage was performed by none other than His Majesty the King of Thailand. They are now back in Hong Kong where Soammaphat is working in private equity investment.


Soammaphat and Wallapa (1996-7) at their wedding, October 2000


Jason Calla writes from Vancouver where he is working for an economic consulting firm, carrying out research into expanding commercial activity on First Nation lands (see his executive summary on page 5). He travelled to London in April 2000 for an URPS reunion, the final destination of the trip being a visit to Wolfram in Vienna.

Wolfram Krendlesberger is living in Vienna, and is still in contact with Ben, Jason, Margaret and Camilla. Earlier last year they all spent a week skiing in Lech, Austria. Their next trip may be to Vancouver to see Jason.

Thanos Pagonis writes from Athens where he has recently begun working for an architectural and planning group. He is working on a project which will combine an Olympic beach volleyball venue with a beach development in Faliron (the equivalent of the Bondi beach development in Sydney).

Frank Shih has been working in Taiwan for a Government agency for the last year. But Frank plans to come to England to study for a PhD. His long term career plan is to work for Taiwan's governmental research institutes or NGOs.

Daniel Shotton writes from London where he has recently begun working for Deutsche Bank Investment Banking.

Camilla Sunde has bought a new flat in Oslo, Norway. She is now working for the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development in the Housing and Building Department, on issues concerning housing and urban policy.


Amanda Brandellero continues to work at ECOTEC, and is now a Research Manager working mainly on labour market research and European employment and structural policy. Amanda finds working for a consultancy really interesting, since it offers the opportunity to work in a wide range of policy areas; she says it has also been useful in teaching her how to cope with the pressures of deadlines!

Yung-Kang Chan is studying computer science. His main interests lie in architecture and engineering, and he is considering studying for a PhD in Architectural and Digital Design.

Jennefer Holmes is working in Exeter for the South West of England Regional Development Agency as their European Office, after a spell at the EC.

Morgane Lefaucheux lives in Cambridge and is working for Cambridge Policy Consultants, an economic and regeneration consultancy.

Consuelo Onofre has been working in Armenia, Colombia co-ordinating a five-month reconstruction project. The project involved working with small neighbourhood groups and organisations.

Gerardo Polania writes from Colombia where he will be getting married in December 2001. He has been working for the National Bureau of Cultural Heritage for over a year, on the urban revitalisation of towns and cities in Colombia. Gerardo says that it has been a great experience working in the public sector, and it has allowed him to put into practice his knowledge gained at the LSE.

Luis Angel Rodriguez-Aleman is living and working in Mexico City. Last year he worked on the Mayor of Mexico City 2000-2006 campaign, advising the campaign co-ordinator.

Juan Miguel Villamil is working for an NGO in Colombia, on the reconstruction of Armenia following the earthquake. He is in charge of economic and social reconstruction projects concerning the education, health and transport infrastructure of the area.


Michelle Anderson is living in Brussels, famous city of urban planning disasters, doing a traineeship for the urban policy department of the European Commission. Michelle will finish in March, and set up camp in Amsterdam to carry out research on mixed-income housing in the Netherlands. In Autumn 2001 she will return home to California...for more school!

Nancy Easter is working at the Town and Country Planning Association in London with the Policy Council, and dealing with media affairs and student recruitment. Nancy has also begun work as a freelance researcher for a large development firm, covering sustainable mixed-use development and housing issues.

Laurent Fischler is alive and well and living in London. Laurent was hired by Llewelyn-Davies as a graduate planner in their London office. Most of his work so far has been on economic regeneration projects, and socio-economic policy in general. He has also been involved in some land-use studies and the effects of urban concentration on transport patterns. He actually really enjoys his job and is starting to worry he might turn into a proper planner (NOT)!

Tommaso Giovacchini is in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, working on a project by the European Community Humanitarian Office. Tommaso is carrying out an assessment of the conditions of refugees from Kosovo, still in Macedonia. He will probably get involved in an exercise on the relationship between these refugees and their host communities.

Yusuke Hasegawa is working for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Tokyo, which deals with Japan's official development assistance to developing countries. Yusuke is co-ordinating an ODA project covering several Asian countries, on distance-learning using IT.

Peggy Hui is working as a Planning Assistant at Colliers Jardine Limited in Hong Kong. Peggy is involved with the Cyberport project which is concerned with developing areas to attract IT investment to Hong Kong.

Katsushi Kitajo is working in the Regional Support Division of the Development Bank of Japan, supporting local governments in Hokkaido to exercise new policies such as PFI.

Francisco Mata Andrades is in the first year of his PhD at LSE (see Fran's entry under PhD Planning News).

Pepper (Praepen) Pentrakul has just started a short-term job as a reporter for a national TV channel in Bangkok.

Ioana Sandi initially spent 3 months in Amsterdam on ABN AMRO Bank's graduate training course. Ioana is now back in London and works in the Project Finance Power and Utilities Group.

Toru Sekine is currently working as an intern with the Economic Commission for Europe at the UN (UN/ECE), and is involved in organising a Workshop on GIS in Urban Transport and Land-use Planning. Since this is closely related to what Toru learned at the LSE, he says it is stimulating putting his knowledge into practice. Afterwards, Toru will return to Japan to start work with a Research Institute in Tokyo.

Lara Straus is back in London and very much enjoying her job as Project Consultant for SHM Ltd, a strategy and change consulting firm.

Elaine Trimble works for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.

Constantinos Vlachos is studying for a Masters in Economics at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London.


October 2000, RUPS (1999-2000) in Milton Keynes


Janista Lewchalermvongse (1995-96) - "The Face of L'Oreal"

This photograph was found by Masumi Jumei (1995-6) in a fashion magazine when she was visiting Bangkok on a business trip for her marketing company. Other Thai students say that Janista is also a well-known TV personality.



Post-exam celebrations, Lincoln's Inn Fields, June 2000



Toru and Laurent, Andy's Christmas party, December 1999


RUPS Graduation ceremony, December 2000


RUPS Graduation ceremony, December 2000

PhD Planning news

Francisco Mata Andrades (2000)

"The influence on citizens of the construction process of cities' brand image. The case of Madrid"

Nowadays, due to the socio-economic context of increasing globalisation, it is becoming crucial to strengthen cities' image in order to attract potential investors and tourists. Positioning the city in a determined way and promoting its competitive advantages usually does this. However, the influence that these activities done for such a purpose have on the citizens, is rarely borne in mind.

This research focuses on finding out how the variables that intervene in the image construction process influence the citizens, and the effects of them. A model of designing the excellent mix of variables and activities in order to achieve a determined outcome from the citizens will be proposed.

An important part of the research will focus on finding out how to manage the city's image in order to make it become a useful tool in the planning process. May it be used to improve the living standard of the city? Or, can it strengthen the cohesion of the citizens? and the community involvement? (what would influence back the planning process?).

The case study is the city of Madrid, where a large urban development and the preparation to bid for the 2012 Olympics are starting to take place in a context of a not very strong city image amongst the citizenry.

The following continue to work on their theses:

Ljiljana Grubovic (1999)

"Socio-Economic Transformation and Diversification of Capital Regions in Central and Eastern Europe"

Abel Perez-Zamorano (1999)

"Institutional Change And Its Impact On Organisation Of Production And Productivity: The Case Of Ejido In Mexico"

Laurentios Vasiliadis (1999)

"The creation of a favoured environment for the attraction of foreign direct investments in Greece. A critical comparison between Ireland, Portugal and Greece"

Miguel Jimenez (1998)

"The globalisation effect in the economic "structure of Mexico City"

Eduardo Rodriguez Oreggia y Roman (1998)

"Acquisition of skills and innovation as explanation for differences in the Mexican regions"

Kuniko Shibata (1998)

"The state, planning and the public interest: historical development of regional and urban planning policy in Japan"

Sophia Skyers (1998)

"Tackling social exclusion through area regeneration"

Jorge Vera Garcia (1998)

"Liberalisation and local productive systems in Mexico: Productive linkages in agglomerations with different market orientation"

Yonn Dierwechter (1997)

"The spatiality of informal economic agency: survival, planning and geography in black metropolitan Cape Town"

Javier Sanchez-Reaza (1997)

"Trade, Proximity and Growth: The Impact of Economic Integration on Mexico's regional Disparities"

Bo Tang (1997)

"Urban planning and property development in China: Guangzhou and Hong Kong, 1978-1998"

Peng Sheng Weng (1997)

"The interaction between innovation systems and urbanisation"

Murat Yalcintan (1997)

"Impacts of globalisation on the decision-making process of Istanbul Greater City municipality"

Ertan Zibel (1997)

"The globalizing nation state and cities"

Iris Hauswirth (1994)

"Efficient organisations? Government export promotion in Britain and Germany from a new institutional economics perspective."

Hulya Ozdil (1994)

"Area of local automobile supplier industry within network of auto production in Turkey"

Asato Saito (1994)

"Strategic urban development in a global city - case study of Tokyo"


Miguel, Jorge, Fran, Javier, Asato and Eduardo

Completed PhD students:

Ioannis Chorianopoulos (1994)

"Urban Governance and Territorial Competition in Europe: An Analysis of the North-South Diversity in the EU Urban Policy Networks"

Based on the North-South dimension of spatial disparities in Europe, the thesis highlights the comparatively constraint institutional and administrative capacity of the local level in Spain, Greece and Portugal to articulate and advance local interests in conditions of enhanced territorial competition. The European Union in the attempt to tackle disparities and promote economic competitiveness has developed initiatives for an urban level of policy making. Central to the effectiveness of such a response is the integration to the European framework of the North-South heterogeneity of urban Europe. Examples of two EU urban programmes the RECITE networks and the URBAN Initiative are explored, drawing out the problems and possibilities of the Community's current pattern of urban intervention.

Since his viva last July, Ioannis has been to a number of conferences presenting his research. At the moment he is class teaching at the LSE and working on articles to be sent to academic journals for publication. He hopes to stay in the UK for the foreseeable future, provided, of course, that he finds a good research position at a university.

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