Barry Goodchild is Professor of Housing and Urban Planning and a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. He has extensive experience of research, teaching and writing in the field of urban planning, housing and sustainable development. He has directed research projects for government agencies in England, Scotland and France as well as for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
Professor Goodchild's postgraduate education was in urban and regional planning and he is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. During his early career, he worked alongside specialists in housing, management surveying and the property market. More recently he has worked alongside environmental specialists and has become increasingly interested in the socio-technical aspects of sustainable development, such as the user aspects of low carbon housing design, the governance of environmental planning and the use of digital technologies in planning.
Over a long career, Professor Goodchild has secured the publication of five books, including one in French and 43 articles in national or international peer reviewed journals, with more underway. Of the many articles and books, the most widely cited are those dealing with social balance and polarisation in Britain and France, with postmodernism in urban planning, with sustainable housing design and with regional planning in the north of England. He is a member of the expert panel for town planning of the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
Within this context, Professor Goodchild has a wide range of research interests and expertise that include:
- The development and application of new theoretical frameworks to housing and urban planning.
- The application of qualitative methods in the evaluation of low carbon and experimental housing
- International comparisons of policy and practice
- reviews and evaluations of UK policy and practice
Professor Goodchild is currently supervising three PhDs- on planning for housing in Malaysia (Maimon Ali), on courtyard housing in Tripoli (Seham Elmansuri) and on transit-based gentrification in Bangkok (Russell Moore).
As a lecturer and supervisor, Barry’s experience extends all levels from the first year of a Higher Diploma through the second and final year of undergraduate degrees to the supervision of M.Sc dissertations in Urban Planning, Urban Regeneration and Environmental Management and PhDs in Planning and Urban Studies. Barry has also taught the philosophy of research, notably for a M.Res Sociology, Planning and Policy.
The focus has been on aspects of housing design, housing policy, the theory and philosophy of urban and regional planning and research methods. Since about 2000, the emphasis has been mostly on planning theory and research methods in geography and planning.
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Barry’s research activities comprise a mixture of funded work from external clients and more reflective and theoretical papers, all dealing in some way with the social and economic development of cities and regions and with the environment in which people live and work. Over a long career, Barry has secured the publication of five books, including one in French and 39 articles in refereed journals. Additional refereed articles are in hand, at various stages of completion.
Within this context, Barry has three main areas of expertise-
a) The development and application of new theoretical frameworks to urban planning, sustainable development and sustainable consumption;
b) comparative, mostly European comparisons of policy and practice in the fields of housing, urban regeneration, environmental planning and energy policy;
c) reviews and evaluations of policy and practice innovations in these same fields, including innovations to the planning system.
Of the many articles and books, the most important have been those dealing with postmodernism, with social balance and polarisation in Britain and France and, more recently, in Markets, Politics and the Environment: an introduction to planning theory (2017, Routledge, New York), dealing with the justification and future of the planning system.
For more details on Barry’s research and publications, please consult http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8572-3598
Elmansuri, S., & Goodchild, B. (2019). Tradition, modernity and gender in the Arab home: a study from Tripoli (Libya). Housing Studies. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1676401
Sherriff, G., Moore, T., Berry, S., Ambrose, A., Goodchild, B., & Maye-Banbury, A. (2019). Coping with extremes, creating comfort: user experiences of ‘low-energy’ homes in Australia. Energy Research and Social Science, 51, 44-54. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.12.008
Goodchild, B., Ambrose, A., Berry, S., Maye-Banbury, A., Moore, T., & Sherriff, G. (2019). Modernity, Materiality and Domestic Technology: A Case Study of Cooling and Heating from South Australia. Housing, Theory and Society, 1-21. http://doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2019.1600577
Goodchild, B., Sharpe, R., & Hanson, C. (2018). Between resistance and resilience: a study of flood risk management in the Don catchment area (UK). Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 20 (4), 434-449. http://doi.org/10.1080/1523908x.2018.1433997
Ambrose, A., Goodchild, B., & O'Flaherty, F. (2017). Understanding the user in low energy housing: a comparison of positivist and phenomenological approaches. Energy Research & Social Science, 34, 163-171. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.035
Goodchild, B., Ambrose, A., & Maye-Banbury, A. (2017). Storytelling as oral history: revealing the changing experience of home heating in England. Energy Research & Social Science, 31, 137-144. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.009
Goodchild, B., O'Flaherty, F., & Ambrose, A. (2014). Inside the eco-home: using video to understand the implications of innovative housing. Housing, Theory and Society, 31 (3), 334-352. http://doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2014.903855
Goodchild, B. (2013). Flats, Higher Densities and City-centre Living in England: A Response to Evans and Unsworth. Urban Studies, 50 (14), 3036-3042. http://doi.org/10.1177/0042098012466598
Goodchild, B., & Walshaw, A. (2011). Towards zero carbon homes in England? From inception to partial implementation. Housing Studies, 26 (6), 933-949. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2011.593132
Jeannot, G., & Goodchild, B. (2011). Fuzzy jobs in local partnerships : case studies of urban and rural regeneration in France and England. Public Administration, 89 (3), 1110-1127. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01920.x
Goodchild, B., Jeannot, G., & Hickman, P. (2010). Professions, occupational roles and skills in urban policy : a reworking of the debates in England and France. Urban Studies, 47 (12), 2555-2572. http://doi.org/10.1177/0042098009359954
Goodchild, B. (2010). Conservative Party policy for planning: caught betweenthe market and local communities. People Place and Policy Online, 4 (1), 19-23. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0004.0001.0005
Jeannot, G., Goodchild, B., & Hickman, P. (2008). Les nouveaux métiers de la ville : Pouvoirs publics et recherche urbaine = New professions in urban planning: Public authorities and urban research. Annales de la recherche urbaine, 104, 100-109.
Goodchild, B., & Hickman, P. (2006). Towards a regional strategy for the North of England? An assessment of 'The Northern Way'. Regional Studies, 40 (1), 121-133. http://doi.org/10.1080/00343400500450125
Goodchild, B.J. (2003). Implementing the right to housing in France: strengthening or fragmenting the welfare state? Housing theory and society, 20 (2), 86-97. http://doi.org/10.1080/14036090304263
Goodchild, B. (2003). Commentary: Sustainable development and the aims of planning, à la française. Town Planning Review, 74 (2), 239-245. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.74.2.5
Goodchild, B.J., Hickman, P.G., & Robinson, D. (2002). Unpopular housing in England in conditions of low demand: coping with a diversity of problems and policy measures. Town planning review, 73 (4), 373-393. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.73.4.1
Goodchild, B.J. (2001). Applying theories of social communication to housing law: towards a workable framework. Housing studies, 16 (1), 75-95. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673030020015137
Goodchild, B.J., & Cole, I.D. (2001). Social balance and mixed neighbourhoods in Britain since 1979: a review of discourse and practice in social housing. Environment and planning D: society and space. http://doi.org/10.1068/d39j
Cole, I., & Goodchild, B. (2000). Social mix and the 'balanced community' in British housing policy - A tale of two epochs. GeoJournal, 51 (4), 351-360. http://doi.org/10.1023/A:1012049526513
Goodchild, B., & Chamberlain, O. (1999). Building procurement in social housing in Britain: A review of the main issues. Housing Studies, 14 (6), 861-880. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673039982588
Goodchild, B. (1998). Learning the lessons of housing over shops initiatives. Journal of Urban Design, 3 (1), 73-92. http://doi.org/10.1080/13574809808724417
Goodchild, B., Booth, C., & Henneberry, J. (1996). Impact fees: A review of alternatives and their implications for planning practice in Britain. Town Planning Review, 67 (2), 161-181. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.67.2.543802528k85q7k5
Cole, I., & Goodchild, B. (1995). Local housing strategies in England: an assessment of their changing role and content. Policy & Politics, 23 (1), 49-60. http://doi.org/10.1332/030557395782227348
Goodchild, B. (1994). Housing design, urban form and sustainable development: reflections on the future residential landscape. Town Planning Review, 65 (2), 143-158. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.65.2.133p852t1lmv7710
Goodchild, B., Gorrichon, Y., & Bertrand, L. (1993). Local Housing Strategies in France. Planning Practice & Research, 8 (1), 4-8. http://doi.org/10.1080/02697459308722864
Goodchild, B. (1992). Land Allocation for Housing: A Review of Practice and Possibilities in England. Housing Studies, 7 (1), 45-55. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673039208720722
Goodchild, B. (1991). Postmodernism and Housing: A Guide to Design Theory. Housing Studies, 6 (2), 131-144. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673039108720702
Goodchild, B. (1991). Housing and the compact city: principles and practice in Britain. Architecture & Comportement/Architecture & Behaviour, 7 (4), 415-429.
Goodchild, B. (1990). Planning and the modern/postmodern debate. Town Planning Review, 61 (2), 119-137. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.61.2.q5863289k1353533
Goodchild, B., & Truscott, R. (1988). Decentralisation in France: an assessment of its application to housing and urban policy. Urban Law & Policy, 9 (4), 295-318.
Goodchild, B. (1987). A study visit to the Netherlands ( housing). Housing Review, 36 (4), 119-122.
Furbey, R., & Goodchild, B. (1986). Method and methodology in housing user research. Housing Studies, 1 (3), 166-181. http://doi.org/10.1080/02673038608720574
Goodchild, B., & Furbey, R. (1986). Standards in housing design: A review of the main changes since the parker morris report (1961). Land Development Studies, 3 (2), 79-99. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640828608723903
Goodchild, B. (1985). The significance of density. Housing Review, 34 (4), 130-131.
Goodchild, B. (1984). Housing layout, housing quality and residential density. Housing Review, 33 (4), 126-129.
Goodchild, B., O'Flaherty, F., & Walshaw, A. (2013). Video making as research: learning fromthe experience of eco-homes. In Housing Association Studies annual conference, York, 10 April 2013 - 12 April 2013.
Walshaw, A., Goodchild, B., & O'Flaherty, F. (2012). User perspectives in housing modernisation. In AESOP Annual Congress, Ankara, Turkey, 11 July 2012 - 15 July 2012.
Blandy, S., & Goodchild, B. (1999). From tenure to rights: Conceptualizing the changing focus of housing law in england. Housing, Theory and Society, 16 (1), 31-42. http://doi.org/10.1080/14036099950150071
Rotmann, S., Mourik, R., & Goodchild, B. (2015). Once Upon a Time...How to tell a good energy efficiency story that 'sticks'. In ECEEE 2015 Summer Study, Proceedings : first fuel now, 1-6 June. (pp. 113-122). Stockholm: eceee
Goodchild, B. (2016). Markets, politics and the environment : an introduction to planning theory. Taylor and Francis. http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315620640
Goodchild, B. (2008). Homes, cities and neighbourhoods : planning and the residential landscapes of modern Britain. Ashgate.
Theses / Dissertations
Moore, R.D. (2019). Condominium development and gentrification in Bangkok, Thailand:a study of housing pathways. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Goodchild, B. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00148
Elmansuri, S. (2018). Courtyard Housing in Tripoli: Tradition, Modernity and Users’ Perceptions. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Goodchild, B. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00117
Ambrose, A. (n.d.). Using qualitative methods to understand non-technological aspects of domestic energy efficiency. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hickman, P., Goodchild, B., & Macaskill, A.
In the past, Barry was active in voluntary work in Wakefield. From 1981 to 1992, he was a co-opted member of the Housing Committee of Wakefield Metropolitan Council and, during this period, was also a Member of the Governing Body of St. Thomas à Becket Comprehensive School. The voluntary work largely ceased owing to increased work responsibilities and research activities. Since 2012, he has been a member of the expert peer review panel for planning for the UK Economic and Social Research Council. He is also a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.