Mace, Alan

Dr Alan Mace  


Position held

Assistant Professor in Urban Planning Studies


Experience keywords:

community engagement; compact city; second homes; shrinking city; spatial planning; suburbanisation

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Alan has worked as a spatial planner in London where for a number of years he combined practice and academic work. He has considerable experience of community involvement in major planning applications and in policy development. This experience is reflected in his research interests which broadly cover the practice of spatial planning; in particular the institutional context of planning.

Alan’s planning related research focuses on second homes, shrinking cities and the compact city. He has contributed to policy focused research on second homes for the Welsh Assembly Government and the Countryside Agency. His work on shrinking cities includes a comparative study of policy responses in Manchester and Leipzig which was completed for the Anglo-German Foundation and also a study of shrinking suburban areas in The UK and Japan where he has worked with a team at Hosei University in Tokyo. His work on the compact city focuses both on decision making in the development management process and the experience of the compact city from the perspective of residents.

In addition to planning matters Alan’s research interests include suburban places, in particular he is interested in how residents construct and maintain a sense of belonging in the suburbs.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Europe; Japan; UK


Spanish [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

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Mace, Alan and Mossa, Alessandra and Blanc, Fanny (2018) The London Cambridge corridor: making more of green belt Metropolitan Green Belt, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE, London, UK.

Paccoud, Antoine and Mace, Alan (2018) Tenure change in London’s suburbs: spreading gentrification or suburban upscaling? Urban Studies, 55 (6). 1313-1328. ISSN 0042-0980

Mace, Alan (2018) Whiteness, class and place in two London suburbs Ethnic and Racial Studies. ISSN 0141-9870

Iñigo, Javier and Mace, Alan (2018) The suburban perimeter blocks of Madrid 10 years on: how residents’ level of satisfaction relates to urban design qualities Planning Perspectives. ISSN 0266-5433

Mace, Alan (2018) The Metropolitan Green Belt ‐ changing an institution Progress in Planning, 121. 1-28. ISSN 0305-9006


Phelps, N A. and Mace, Alan and Jodieri, R (2017) City of villages? Stasis and change in London's suburbs’ In: Phelps, Nicholas A., (ed.) Old Europe, New Suburbanization? Governance, Land, and Infrastructure in European Suburbanization.. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Canada, 183-206. ISBN 9781442626010

Mace, Alan (2017) Book review: Second homes and leisure: new perspectives on a forgotten relationship, edited by Trudie Walters and Tara Duncan, London, Routledge, 2016, 117 + x pp., £95.00 (hardback), ISBN 9781138928954 Housing Studies. 1-2. ISSN 0267-3037

Mace, Alan (2017) Beware the new justifications for the green belt: what we need is a new approach British Politics and Policy Blog (19 Dec 2017) Blog entry

Mace, Alan and Tewdwr-Jones, Mark (2017) Neighbourhood Planning, Participation and Rational Choice. Journal of Planning Education and Research. ISSN 0739-456X (In Press)

Mace, Alan and Volgmann, Felix (2017) The role of Leipzig's narrative of shrinking Urban Geography. ISSN 0272-3638

Mace, Alan (2017) Spatial capital as a tool for planning practice Planning Theory, 16 (2). 119-132. ISSN 1473-0952


Blanc, F. and Mace, A. (2016) Getting more from the green belt Town and Country Planning, 85 (12). ISSN 0040-9960

Gordon, Ian R. and Mace, Alan and Whitehead, Christine (2016) Defining, measuring and implementing density standards in London: London plan density research project 1 2016 Density review, LSE London, London, UK.

Mace, Alan (2016) The suburbs as sites of 'within-planning' power relations Planning Theory, 15 (3). 239-254. ISSN 1473-0952

Mace, Alan and Blanc, Fanny and Gordon, Ian R. and Scanlon, Kath (2016) A 21st century metropolitan green belt HEIF, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Madeddu, Manuela and Gallent, Nick and Mace, Alan (2015) Space in new homes: delivering functionality and liveability through regulation or design innovation Town Planning Review, 86 (1). ISSN 0041-0020

Mace, Alan and Holman, Nancy and Paccoud, Antoine and Sundaresan, Jayaraj (2015) Coordinating density; working through conviction, suspicion and pragmatism Progress in Planning, 101. 1-38. ISSN 0305-9006


Mace, Alan (2014) Book review: shrinking cities: international perspectives and policy implications International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38 (4). 1536-1539. ISSN 0309-1317


Mace, Alan (2013) Housing-led urban regeneration: place, planning and politics In: Leary, Michael E. and McCarthy, John, (eds.) Companion to Urban Regeneration. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 311-319. ISBN 9780415539043

Mace, Alan (2013) Book Review: John Friedmann 2011: Insurgencies: essays in planning theory. Abingdon: Routledge International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37 (1). 362-363. ISSN 0309-1317

Holman, Nancy and Mace, Alan (2013) 'Compact cities in England' in compact city policies in England, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway NIBR-report, Sandkjær Hanssen, Gro and Hofstad, Hege, eds Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo, Norway. ISBN 9788283090079

Mace, Alan (2013) The future and come and gone: managing change in the aging suburbs In: Dines, Martin and Vermeulen, Timotheus, (eds.) New Suburban Stories. Bloomsbury Studies in the City series. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. ISBN 9781472510938

Mace, Alan (2013) Delivering local plans: recognising the bounded interests of local planners within spatial planning Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31 (6). 1133-1146. ISSN 0263-774X

Mace, Alan (2013) City suburbs: placing suburbia in a post-suburban world Routledge, Oxford, England. ISBN 9780415520614


Mace, Alan (2011) Inner and outer London: a tale of two cities? Briefing paper series, LSE London, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Ball, Michael and Barker, Kate and Cheshire, Paul and Evans, Alan and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Gordon, Ian R. and Holman, Nancy and Leunig, Tim and Mace, Alan and Meen, Geoff and Monk, Sarah and Overman, Henry G. and Power, Anne and Scanlon, Kathleen and Rode, Philipp and Tonkiss, Fran and Travers, Tony and Whitehead, Christine M E (2011) The government’s planned National Planning Policy Framework is a step in the right direction, but policy makers must ensure they get the incentives right, and that decisions are made locally British Politics and Policy at LSE (17 Oct 2011) Blog entry


Gallent, Nick and Madeddu, Manuela and Mace, Alan (2010) Internal housing space standards in England and Italy: comparing the 'conditions' of regulation Fibre series, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London, UK.

Gallent, Nick and Madeddu, Manuela and Mace, Alan (2010) Internal housing space standards in Italy and England Progress in Planning, 74 (1). 1-52. ISSN 0305-9006


Gallent, Nick and Madeddu, Manuela and Mace, Alan (2009) Room to move Residential Property Journal. 26-27. ISSN 1754-9116

Gallent, Nick and Madeddu, Manuela and Mace, Alan (2009) Internal housing space – lessons in regulation from Italy Town and Country Planning, 78 (5). 226-231. ISSN 0040-9960

Mace, Alan (2009) Suburbanization In: Kitchin, Rob and Thrift, Nigel, (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier Publishing, Oxford, UK, 77-81. ISBN 9780080449111


Mace, Alan and Hall, Peter and Gallent, Nick (2007) New East Manchester: urban renaissance or urban opportunism? European Planning Studies, 15 (1). 51-65. ISSN 0965-4313


Mace, Alan and Gallent, Nick and Hall, Peter (2005) A family affair? Attracting families back to the city Town and Country Planning, 74 (2). 52-54. ISSN 0040-9960

Gallent, Nick and Tewdwr-Jones, Mark and Mace, Alan (2005) Second homes and planning control in Wales In: Wilson, O. and Schmied, D., (eds.) Proceedings of the Anglo-German Conference on Rural Geography. University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany.

Gallent, Nick and Mace, Alan and Tewdwr-Jones, Mark (2005) Second homes: European perspectives and UK policies Ashgate Publishing, London, UK. ISBN 9780754642398


Mace, Alan and Gallent, Nick and Hall, Peter and Porsch, L. and Braun, R. and Pfeiffer, U. (2004) Shrinking to grow?: the urban regeneration challenge in Leipzig and Manchester Institute of Community Studies, London, UK. ISBN 9780953680399

Hall, Peter and Mace, Alan (2004) Learning from Manchester In: Daldrup, Engelbert Lütke and Doehler-Behzadi, Martha, (eds.) Plusminus Leipzig. Müller + Busmann KG, Wuppertal, Germany. ISBN 9783928766586

Gallent, Nick and Mace, Alan and Tewdwr-Jones, Mark (2004) Second homes: a new framework for policy Town Planning Review, 75 (3). 287-308. ISSN 0041-0020


Gallent, Nick and Mace, Alan and Tewdwr-Jones, Mark (2003) Dispelling a myth? Second homes in Wales Area, 35 (3). 271-284. ISSN 0004-0894


Gallent, Nick and Tewdwr-Jones, Mark and Mace, Alan (2002) Controlling second homes through planning Leisure Tourism (1 January 2002) other

Tewdwr-Jones, Mark and Gallent, Nick and Mace, Alan (2002) Second homes and holiday homes and the land use planning system in Wales Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff, UK. ISBN 0750430826

Gallent, Nick and Mace, Alan and Tewdwr-Jones, Mark (2002) Delivering affordable housing through planning: explaining variable policy usage across rural England and Wales Planning Practice and Research, 17 (4). 465-483. ISSN 0269-7459

Gallent, Nick and Mace, Alan and Tewdwr-Jones, Mark (2002) Second homes in rural areas of England, 2002 Research notes CRN, Countryside Agency, Wetherby, UK.

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