Andrew Thornley

Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning

Department of Geography and Environment


Room: STC 5.14|, St Clements Building, LSE

A planner by training, and the former head of Planning Studies, Andy’s research has focused on the relationships between planning, politics and the market, including an analysis of the conflicts between the promotion of development, environmental protection and the satisfaction of social needs. He has done extensive research into planning and world cities and mega projects including the Olympics.

Struggling Giants|His books include: Struggling Giants: City-Region Governance in London, New York, Paris and Tokyo| (Minnesota, 2012), Planning World Cities: Globalization and Urban Politics| (Palgrave/Macmillan 2005; 2nd ed. 2011), Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Planning: Comparative Case Studies of European City-Regions|, (Spon 2003), Urban Planning In Europe: international forces, national systems and planning projects|, (Routledge 1996), Urban Planning Under Thatcherism: the challenge of the market|, (Routledge 1993), The Crisis of London|, (Routledge 1992) and Radical Planning Initiatives: new directions for urban planning in the 1990s, (Gower 1990).

  • The relationship between urban planning, politics and the market from a comparative perspective
  • Globalisation, world cities and urban policy
  • Mega projects (including Olympics)

Struggling Giants|Selected recent publications:

  • Thornley, A. and Newman, P. (2012) 'Global Cities: Governance Cultures and Urban Policy', in The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning and Culture, edited by G.Young. Ashgate Press
  • Thornley, A. and Newman, P. (2012) 'Planning for World Cities: Shifting Agendas and Differing Politics', in International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities, edited by B.Derudder, M. Hoyler, and P.Taylor. Edward Elgar
  • Thornley A. (2012), ‘Exporter le modèle barcelonais” à Londres: le role “formateur’ des architectes’. Revue Urbanisme No. 383, Mar/Avril
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  • Thornley A. (2012), ‘Un governo metropolitan efficiente per Londra. Riflessioni sulla Greater London Authority’. Dialoghi Internazionali, No. 17
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  • Thornley, Andy (2012) 'The 2012 London Olympics. What legacy?' Journal of policy research in tourism, leisure and events, 4 (2). pp. 206-210
  • Dierwechter, Yonn A. and Thornley, Andy (2012) 'Urban planning and regulation: the challenge of the market'. In: Weber, Rachel and Crane , Randall , (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 46-68. ISBN 9780195374995
  • Holman, Nancy and Thornley, Andrew (2011) 'The reversal of strategic planning in London: the Boris effect with a focus on sustainability'. L’Observatoire de la sociètè britanique, 11 pp. 145-159
  • Thornley, A. and Newman, P. (2011), Planning World Cities: Globalization and Urban Politics. Palgrave/Macmillan. Second edition (revised and updated throughout with new material)
  • Planning World CitiesDavis, Juliet and Thornley, Andrew (2010) 'Urban regeneration for the London 2012 Olympics: issues of land acquisition and legacy'. City, culture and society, 1 (2). pp. 89-98
  • 'Shifts in Tokyo's World City Status and the Urban Planning Response' Urban Studies, 40 (4), 2003. With A.Saito.
  • Thornley, Andy and Rydin, Y, eds. (2003) Planning in a Global Era. Urban and Regional Planning and Development Series. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 0754619435
  • 'Urban Regeneration and Sports Stadia' European Planning Studies, 10 (7), 2002.
  • 'The Greater London Authority: Interest Representation and the Strategic Agenda', with Y.Rydin, K. Scanlon, & K. West, LSE: London, Metropolitan and Urban Research, Discussion Paper No.8, 2002  (Click here to download)
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Academic abroad - Andy Thornley in Mumbai|

LSE's Andy Thornley attracted unexpected media interest| on a recent academic trip to Mumbai to discuss a new report entitled ‘How to Govern India’s Mega Cities: towards needed transformation’.

View full information on the Centre for Policy Research's International Workshop on Governance of Megacity Regions|, to which Andy contributed.




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