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Alan Patterson

Dr Alan Patterson BSc (Hons) MA PhD Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Principal Lecturer in Human Geography

Summary

I am the Principal Lecturer in Human Geography, with teaching and research interests in political and economic geography, and the philosophy of space and place.

  • About

    I worked for the NCB as a mining surveyor before leaving to study Environmental Sciences at UEA. After graduating, I was employed as a research officer on the Future of Welfare project at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy at the University of Bath.

    I then moved to the University of Sussex to read for an MA in Urban and Regional Studies before joining the doctoral research programme at the University of Reading.

    My first permanent academic post was as a lecturer in Geography and Environmental Issues at the West London Institute. I then moved to Brunel University where I became Deputy Head of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.

    I joined Sheffield Hallam University in October 2004 as the Course Leader for Geography, was promoted to a Principal Lectureship in 2005 when I became the Group Leader for Urban and Regional Studies. I then took on the role of Academic Group Leader for Geography and Environment before becoming the Programme Enhancement Lead for the Department of Natural and Built Environment.

  • Teaching

    Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development
    Geographies of Political Economy and the State
    Philosophy and Methodology
    Urban Social Geography

  • Research

    My research interests include 

    • local economic, environmental and political interventions by the modern capitalist state
    • the political economy of the public sector, including the socio-economic consequences of introducing privatised forms of provision, and their impact on policies for sustainable development
    • the role of informal currencies in boosting depressed local economies and alleviating individual poverty

    This has involved working on several research projects, including

    • The political economy of public sector restructuring (with Phil Pinch, South Bank University; and Kate Theobald, Northumbria)
    • Sustainable development and political modernisation (with Anna Batchelor, Brunel University)
    • The potential of Local Exchange Trading Schemes (LETS) to boost depressed local economies and alleviate poverty (with Theresa Aldridge, Brunel University)

    Recent conference papers

    2017: Patterson A 'Sidelining Sustainable Development: structural constraints on the implementation of local sustainable development policies in the UK' presented at the International Geographical Union Commission on Geography of Governance conference, 19th October, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.

    2017: Patterson A 'Local Government Restructuring: designing a research project' presented at the Research Design Workshop, 28th September, York St John University.

    2017: Patterson A 'Critical Realism, Spatial Relations and Social Science Research' presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 30th August, Royal Geographical Society, London.

    2017: Patterson A 'Policy priorities for the water market in England and next steps for PR19' Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum keynote seminar, 13th July, London.

    2017: Patterson A 'Infrastructure governance: the emergence of a ‘not for profit’ water utilities sector in the UK' presented at the 49th Conference of Irish Geographers, 5th May, University College Cork, Ireland.

    2016: Patterson A 'Restructuring Water Management: from private … to public … to private … to 'not for profit'? ' presented at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, 30th March, San Francisco, USA.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Marum, G., & Patterson, A. (2017). How the transport infrastructure of Milton Keynes affects the way people travel. Natural Environment Research Transactions, 3 (1), 56-69. https://research.shu.ac.uk/ds/nert/2017/NERTv03n01.pdf

    Aldridge, T.J., & Patterson, A. (2002). LETS get real: constraints on the development of Local Exchange Trading Schemes. Area, 34 (4), 370-381. http://doi.org/10.1111/1475-4762.00094

    Patterson, A., & Pinch, P.L. (2000). Public sector restructuring and regional development: the impact of compulsory competitive tendering in the UK. Regional Studies, 34 (3), 265-275. http://doi.org/10.1080/00343400050015104

    Patterson, A., & Theobald, K.S. (1996). Local agenda 21, compulsory competitive tendering and local environmental practices. Local environment, 1 (1), 7-19. http://doi.org/10.1080/13549839608725477

    Patterson, A., & Theobald, K.S. (1995). Sustainable development, agenda 21 and the new local governance in Britain. Regional Studies, 29 (8), 773-778. http://doi.org/10.1080/00343409512331349383

    Patterson, A., & Pinch, P.L. (1995). ‘Hollowing out’ the local state: Compulsory competitive tendering and the restructuring of British public sector services. Environment and planning A: Economy and space, 27 (9), 1437-1461. http://doi.org/10.1068/a271437

    Conference papers

    Patterson, A. (2017). Sidelining sustainable development: structural constraints on the implementation of local sustainable development policies in the UK. In International geographical union commission on geography of governance conference: local governance in the new urban agenda, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy, 19 October 2017 - 21 October 2017.

    Book chapters

    Batchelor, A., & Patterson, A. (2007). Political modernisation and the weakening of sustainable development in Britain. In Krueger, R., & Gibbs, D. (Eds.) The sustainable development pradox: urban political economy in the United States and Europe. (pp. 192-213). New York: Guilford Press: http://www.guilford.com/

    Aldridge, T.J., Patterson, A., & Tooke, J. (2003). Trading places: geography and the role of Local Exchange Trading Schemes in local sustainable development. In Buckingham, S., & Theobald, T. (Eds.) Local environmental sustainability. (pp. 169-194). Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing: http://www.woodheadpublishing.com/en/book.aspx?bookID=763

    Patterson, A., & Theobald, K.S. (1999). Emerging contradictions: sustainable development and the new local governance. In Buckingham-Hatfield, S., & Percy, S. (Eds.) Constructing local environmental agendas: People, places and participation. (pp. 156-171). London: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Constructing-Local-Environmental-Agendas-People-Places-and-Participation/Buckingham-Hatfield-Percy/p/book/9780415201186

    Butler, C.H., & Patterson, A. (1994). The disabling environment: constraints on the mobility of the physically impaired in the urban high street. In Patterson, A., & Stewart, I.S. (Eds.) West London papers in environmental studies: No.2. (pp. 35-46). Brunel University College

    Butler, C.H., & Patterson, A. (1994). The disabling environment: constraints on the mobility of the physically impaired in the urban high street. In Patterson, A., & Stewart, I.S. (Eds.) West London papers in environmental studies: No.2. (pp. 35-46). Brunel University College

    Books

    Patterson, A., & Stewart, I.S. (Eds.). (1994). West London papers in environmental studies: No. 2. Brunel University College.

    Theses / Dissertations

    Daniel, M.M. (2014). Enabling access to housing in Jos, Nigeria : Implementation and the new bureaucrats. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hunt, R., Patterson, A., & Jones, P.

    McKoy, K.G. (2013). Political communication strategies : Transport policy making and implementation in Manchester. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Patterson, A., & Nixon, J.

    Gribat, N. (2010). Governing the future of a shrinking city: Hoyerswerda, East Germany. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Patterson, A., & Huxley, M.

    Garnett, K.S. (2010). Framework for an analytical-deliberative process for municipal waste management decision making. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Cooper, T., Heath, M., & Patterson, A.

    Other publications

    Patterson, A. (1997). Political geography. South Western

  • Other activities

    I have been a member of the editorial board of the journals Capital and Class and West London Papers in Environmental Studies, and I am currently a book review editor for Blackwell, Routledge and Sage, and a referee for the journals Urban Studies, Voluntary Sector Review and Journal of Political Ecology.

    I am a reviewer of research grant applications for the ESRC, the British Academy and the Department for Work and Pensions.

    I have organised a number of conferences and workshops including

    • 2017: Discussant for Panel #4 'Local Governance in the New Urban Agenda' at the International Geographical Union Commission on Geography of Governance, 19-20th October, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.
    • 2008: Chair of session 'Floods and Flood Defence Schemes' at the international conference on Flooding, Water and the Landscape, 18th March 2008, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.
    • 1999: Convenor and Chair of 'Local economic restructuring: social and environmental impacts' a three day international conference organised on behalf of the Planning & Environment Research Group of the RGS-IBG, 26-30th June, Brunel University.
    • 1999: Convenor (with Michael Woods, Aberystwyth) and Chair of 'Reforming regional governance: new research and emerging issues' a one day session at the Annual Conference of the RGS-IBG, 5th January, University of Leicester.
    • 1998: Convenor (with Sue Buckingham, Brunel) and Chair of 'The politics of environmental action' a one day session at the Annual Conference of the RGS-IBG, 6th January, University of Surrey
  • Postgraduate supervision

    Seham Elmansuri Courtyard Housing in Tripoli: tradition, modernity and user's perceptions (ongoing)

    Keith Mckoy Transport planning and the media in the UK (awarded January 2014)
    Kenisha Garnett An analytical-deliberative process for municipal waste management decision making (awarded September 2011)
    Nina Gribat Governing the future of a shrinking city: Hoyerswerda, East Germany (awarded January 2011)
    Theresa J Aldridge The geography of Local Exchange Trading Schemes (awarded September 2005)
    Leo Zeilig Student activism and popular protest in sub-Saharan Africa (awarded June 2005)
    Kate S Theobald Local environmental policy and local government restructuring in Britain (awarded September 1999)

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