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Mike Leary-Owhin

Dr Michael Leary-Owhin

Course Director - MA Planning, Policy and Practice

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    Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies

Dr Michael Leary-Owhin is a Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Regeneration. He has a national and international reputation for excellence in the field. Before coming to LSBU he worked in local authority planning and has also engaged in planning consultancy for the public and private sectors.

Michael’s PhD was awarded by Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has carried out research funded by the UK government and the private sector. He is a professionally qualified planner, a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and an experienced expert witness at planning public inquiries.

Michael has published widely in academic journals over several decades. He was invited by Routledge to edit two major books, one concerning urban regeneration, the other concerning the urban theories of Henri Lefebvre. He sits on the board of a peer reviewed journal and is a peer reviewer for academic journals and leading publishers.

Michael has been interviewed by the media regarding urban regeneration and public space. His teaching, across several aspects of regeneration and planning, is informed by his research and consultancy practice. His recent publications include: Exploring the production of urban space: Differential space in three post-industrial cities and The Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration.

  • Planning and urban theory
  • Planning history
  • Research Methodology
  • Urban regeneration
  • Introduction to the UK planning system
  • Local and community planning
  • Cinema & the City
  • City Marketing
  • BA and MA dissertation supervision
  • The production of urban public space
  • Cultural urban regeneration
  • Property-led regeneration
  • Planning theories and histories
  • Urban theories and histories
  • Visual representations of urban space
  • Manchester's 'regeneration' since the 1970s
  • International urban regeneration
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  • Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Referee for major international academic journals
  • Referee for academic book publishers
  • External Examiner: MTRP Dundee University (2012-2016), MSc Urban and Regional Planning, Sheffield Hallam University (2008-2012)
  • External Assessor: Re-validation Panel, MSc Town Planning, Anglia Ruskin University, 17 April 2013
  • Re-validation Panel, MSc Town Planning, Anglia Ruskin University, 17 April 2013
  • Peer Reviewer on major international journals and with major international publishers

Conference contributions:

  • Leary-Owhin M. E. (2017) Convenor, Session 24 The Right to The City: urban and global justice, RC21 Conference, Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies, Leeds University 11-13 September
  • Leary-Owhin M. E. (2016) From Public Space to Differential Space: Urban Citizens and Democracy, paper to be presented at the European Urban Research Association (EURA) Conference, City Lights: Cities and Citizens, Turin, Italy, 16-18 June
  • Leary-Owhin M.E. (2015) Aspirational Urban Regeneration and the Production of Urban Public Space, paper presented at the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, London South Bank University, 9-11 September (also Urban Regeneration Track Chair)