Dr Philip Pinch
Associate Professor; Head of the Division of Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Telephone:020 7815 7349
School/Division:Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Phil is an Associate Professor in Human Geography in the Division of Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies. He is currently involved in an ESPON-sponsored research project examining aspects spatial planning and territorial cohesion across the European Union. His latest co-authored book, 'Mobilising Design', is an edited collection examining geographies and practices of design across a range of objects and international settings. His other research interests include landscape strategies for minerals planning and post-mining environments; urban rivers and water space planning; and moto-mobilities. His work has also explored the lessons of the UK government's wartime Utility furniture scheme for contemporary concerns about equitable and sustainable production. His main areas of teaching embrace: human geography, spatial planning, geopolitics, mobilities, cities and spatial representations, rural planning and sustainability.
Phil studied for his PhD in the Department of Geography, University of Reading where he also worked as a Research Fellow in the University's School of Planning. He has also lectured in Human Geography for the Polytechnic of North London and worked for many years as a tutor and consultant for the Open University.
Phil's main areas of teaching are: human geography, spatial planning, geopolitics, mobilities, cities and spatial representations, rural planning and sustainability. He contributes to the following modules:
Undergraduate courses - BA (Hons) Urban and Environmental Planning, BA (Hons) Human Geography
- Making Sustainable Places
- Geographical Investigations
- Transport and Mobilities
- Strategic Spatial Planning
- Cities and Representations
Postgraduate courses - MA Chartered Town Planner (Apprenticeship), MA Town and Country Planning, MA Urban and Rural Planning (Distance Learning)
- Planning, Politics and Theory
- Local Planning
- Research Techniques for Spatial Planning
Phil is currently working with colleague Neil Adams on a new EU/ESPON sponsored project into the Comparison of European Planning Systems and Territorial Governance (COMPASS). This research income builds upon our two previous EU/ESPON funded research grants that Phil and Neil worked on: ‘PURR’ (Potential of Rural Regions) and ‘KITCASP’ (Key Indicators for Territorial Cohesion and Spatial Planning).
Phil’s latest co-edited book titled Mobilising design forms part of Routledge’s human geography research series. This work lies at the cutting edge of international scholarship and dialogue between sociology, human geography and design practice. Drawing upon detailed case studies, it demonstrates the diverse roles of design in shaping mobility at different spaces and scales: across cities; within different types of buildings and infrastructures; and through commuting, work and leisure activities.
His other research interests include urban rivers and water space planning; landscape strategies for minerals planning and post-mining environments; and moto-mobilities. His work has also explored the lessons of the UK government's wartime Utility furniture scheme for contemporary concerns about equitable and sustainable production.
- 2017 ESPON ‘Comparison of European Planning Systems and Territorial Governance’ (COMPASS). Financed by the European Union ESPON 2020 Programme with a group of partners from across Europe. Lead partner TU Delft, NL. Total € 869,700.
- 2012-2013 ESPON ‘Key Indicators for Territorial Cohesion’ (KitCasp) financed by the ESPON 2013 Programme with partners in Ireland (National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis), Iceland (University of Akureyri Research Centre), Latvia (Vidzeme University College) and Spain (Technical University of Catalonia).
- 2009-2012 ESPON ‘Potential of Rural Regions' (PURR), financed by the ESPON 2013 Programme with partners in Norway (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research) and Latvia (Vidzeme University College).