MA Urban and Regional Planning

Johannes Novy, Andrew Boughton, Bill Erickson

Johannes Novy is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning and holds a PhD in Urban Planning from Columbia University, New York. In addition to his work in teaching and research, he is a founding member of the Berlin collective u-Lab, Studio für Stadt und Raumprozesse, and a member of the board of trustees of the International Building Exhibition Stuttgart Region IBA2027.
Andrew Boughton is a Lecturer in Planning with more than 35 years of practitioner experience in the UK and overseas as an Architect, Chartered Planner, and Planning Inspector.
Bill Erickson is a Principal Lecturer and architect with extensive experience in urban design. He has practiced in Australia, Italy and the UK.

The MA Urban and Regional Planning provides students with the skills, knowledge and abilities required to work professionally as spatial planners in a variety of private, public and third sector/community settings. The course explores planning in a variety of contexts and scales, but focuses particularly on planning in and for towns and city regions in the UK. The course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and covers both the spatial and specialist elements of the RTPI requirements for initial training in planning. Students are taught by qualified and dedicated staff who possess vast industry, research and teaching experience and moreover, they bene t from studying in a genuinely interdisciplinary academic environment with excellent industry links in the heart of London.

The main aim of the course is to produce critically minded, well-rounded and highly employable graduates who will excel in a wide range of professional fields and possess the skills and competencies required to address the diverse challenges and opportunities associated with contemporary spatial development and planning. The diversity of the relevant content and themes of the Master’s programme is also reflected in the final theses of the graduates of the class of 2020/21, which cover topics as diverse as: planning and mental health; stadium-led urban regeneration; crime prevention through environmental design; gamification in urban planning; and housing and social justice in the city.


  • Clare Bambury: “Can Urban Planning Improve Personal Health? A study of the link between the built environment and improving personal health”
  • Myles Bartoli: “Exploring the Extent of a Bergsonian Form of Law within English Planning Law”
  • Ethan Bonthron: “BtR or Worse? An exploration of the additionality benefits associated with Build to Rent developments”
  • Mirela Chirac: “Rethinking Public Open Space: Planning climate change resilient public open spaces for elderly people in Kingston upon Thames”
  • Amber Corfield-Moore: “Neoliberalism and Decarbonisation of the UK Energy Sector”
  • John Cully: “Have the Stadium Redevelopments at Wembley and the Emirates been a Benefit for the Local Community?”
  • Joshua Daruvala: “Do Local Planning Authorities have an Underlying Negative Attitude Towards Class Q Development?”
  • Katherine Dowle: “The Use of a Citizen Assembly as a Public Participation Tool in Urban Planning: Lessons from Romsey, Hampshire”
  • Stephen Flynn: “Neighbourhood Planning in Greater Norwich”
  • Hannah Garlinge: “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design: Investigating its implementation in planning major residential developments in the Canterbury District”
  • Hollie Hawkins: “An Exploration on the Local Authority Planners’ Perspective on the Challenges of Providing Custom and Self-Build Plots”
  • Alex Howard: “The North London Derby: A comparative study into stadia-led development as a catalyst for residential development”
  • Thomas Howe: “Generation Rent in Hertfordshire: Assessing the barriers to housing transitions for young people in Hertfordshire”
  • Jordan Johnny: “Just Serve the Notice: An exploration of enforcement action in England”
  • Clara Loveland: “An Exploration of Local Authority Planners’ Perspectives on Place Attachment”
  • Sarah-Jane Martins:An Investigation into Whether the Green Infrastructure Strategy in Hertfordshire can Promote Mental Health and Well-being in Young People and their Families
  • Abbie McGovern: “Infill Development as an Approach to Council Estate Regeneration: A review of the impacts on households in the London Borough of Southwark”
  • Hayley Nixon: “Examining the Appropriateness of Urban Resilience for the Regeneration of Council Estates amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Kevin O’Hanlon: “A Documentary Policy Research Study: What is the future of ‘transport poverty’ and bus service provision in rural areas in the UK?”
  • Ellie Petrow: “Are Recent Urban Extensions in Crawley Socially Sustainable?”
  • Matthew Prescott: “Levelling Up Planning: The potential of commercial video games for the town planning profession”
  • Laura Richardson: “Exploring the Knowledge of Green Infrastructure among Development Management Planners”
  • Aaron Roberts: “The Only Way is Up: An exploration of the upward extension PDRs through the perspectives of public and private planners”
  • Andrew Rudlin: “Providing the Housing which London needs: Lessons and ways ahead from international cities” [2020-21 RTPI Award for best MAURP/IPSD Dissertation with an international outlook]
  • Zara Seelig: “The Future of Burial: Changing the perception and maximising the functionality of burial spaces”
  • Samantha Simmons: “Mental Health and the Built Environment: Exploring the role of planning practice in delivering mentally healthy places” [2020-21 RTPI Award for best MAURP/IPSD Dissertation]
  • Emily Stainer: “The Significance of Private Amenity Space for Wellbeing: A case study of Welwyn Garden City”
  • Harriet Todd: “Delivering Change for Better or Worse: Exploring conflict between national and local housing affordability policy in the south of England”
  • Hayley White: “Is Westminster City Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy Receiving Sufficient Funding to Support Development?”