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Professor Paul Lawless MPhil, MRTPI

Professor of Urban Policy


Summary

Paul Lawless is professor of urban policy and he is the former director of CRESR. He has more than 20 years experience of working within, and researching aspects of, urban regeneration. He has undertaken research projects into a range of regeneration topics including the relationships between transport investment and renewal, labour market analyses, community development and enterprise, etc.

About

He has received funding from the Department of Environment (DoE), Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR), the Rural Development Council (RDC), the EU, the European Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and the Leverhulme Trust.

Recent projects include a review of the regeneration evidence base and an evaluation of the Groundwork Trust. He is currently heading up the long term evaluation of New Deal for Communities for the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit (NRU).

Specialist areas of interest

urban policy
regeneration
neighbourhood renewal

Research

  • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

2005–2009 Phase 2: New Deal for Communities evaluation, Role: Director.

CRESR (2005) New Deal for Communities 2001-2005: An Interim Evaluation - Research report 17. London, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister/NRU.

Publications

Lawless, P. (2012). Can area-based regeneration programmes ever work? Evidence from England's New Deal for Communities Programme. Policy Studies, 33 (4), 313-328. http://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2012.694639

Lawless, P. (2012). Reconciling 'bottom-up' perspectives with 'top-down' change data in evaluating area regeneration schemes. European Planning Studies, 21 (10), 1562-1577. http://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2012.722959

Lawless, P. (2011). Understanding the scale and nature of outcome change in area-regeneration programmes: evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 29 (3), 520-532. http://doi.org/10.1068/c10178

Lawless, P., Foden, M., Wilson, I., & Beatty, C. (2010). Understanding area-based regeneration: The New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, 47 (2), 257-275. http://doi.org/10.1177/0042098009348324

Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2010). Area-based regeneration partnerships and the role of central government: the New Deal for Communities programme in England. Policy and Politics, 38 (2), 235-251. http://doi.org/10.1332/030557309X462141

Wilson, I., Lawless, P., Grimsley, M., & Foden, M. (2010). Linking interventions to outcomes in area regeneration: The New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Town Planning Review, 81 (2), 151-172. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2009.32

Lawless, P. (2006). Area-based urban interventions: rationale and outcomes: the new deal for communities programme in England. Urban studies, 43 (11), 1991-2011. http://doi.org/10.1080/00420980600897859

Lawless, P. (2004). Locating and explaining area-based initiatives: new deal for communities in England. Environment and planning C: government and policy, 22 (3), 383-399. http://doi.org/10.1068/c0340

Lawless, P. (2002). Power and conflict in pro-growth regimes: tensions in economic development in Jersey City and Detroit. Urban studies, 39 (8), 1329-1346. http://doi.org/10.1080/00420980220142664

Lawless, P. (2001). Community economic development in urban and regional regeneration: unfolding potential or justifiable scepticism? Environment and planning C: government and policy, 19 (1), 135-155. http://doi.org/10.1068/c9942

Lawless, P., & Robinson, D. (2000). Inclusive regeneration? Integrating social and economic regeneration in English local authorities. Town Planning Review, 71 (3), 289-310. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.71.3.gv3n75176h574832

Dabinett, G., Gore, T., Haywood, R., & Lawless, P. (1999). Transport investment and regeneration. Sheffield: 1992-1997. Transport Policy, 6 (2), 123-134. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0967-070X(99)00013-X

Lawless, P., & Gore, T. (1999). Urban regeneration and transport investment: A case study of Sheffield 1992-1996. Urban Studies, 36 (3), 527-545. http://doi.org/10.1080/0042098993510

Lawless, P. (1999). Transport investment and urban regeneration in a provincial city: Sheffield, 1992-96. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 17 (2), 211-226. http://doi.org/10.1068/c170211

Digaetano, A., & Lawless, P. (1999). Urban governance and industrial decline. Governing structures and policy agendas in Birmingham and Sheffield, England, and Detroit, Michigan, 1980-1997. Urban Affairs Review, 34 (4), 546-577. http://doi.org/10.1177/10780879922184077

Lawless, P., Else, P., Farnell, R., Furbey, R., Lund, S., & Wishart, B. (1998). Community based initiative and state urban policy: The Church Urban Fund. Regional Studies, 32 (2), 161-174. http://doi.org/10.1080/00343409850123044

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., & Lawless, P. (1997). Geographical variation in the labour-market adjustment process: The UK coalfields 1981-91. Environment and Planning A, 29 (11), 2041-2060. http://doi.org/10.1068/a292041

Furbey, R., Else, P., Farnell, R., Lawless, P., Lund, S., & Wishart, B. (1997). Breaking with tradition? The church of England and community organising. Community Development Journal, 32 (2), 141-150. http://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/32.2.141

Lawless, P. (1996). The inner cities: Towards a new agenda. Town Planning Review, 67 (1), 21-43. http://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.67.1.98h00465j93w0386

Lawless, P. (1995). Recent Urban Policy Literature: A review. Planning Practice & Research, 10 (3-4), 413-418. http://doi.org/10.1080/02697459509696287

Lawless, P. (1995). Spatial Differentiation in Urban Employment Patterns: Inner City and Suburban Labour Markets in an English Provincial City. Local Government Studies, 21 (2), 224-247. http://doi.org/10.1080/03003939508433773

Lawless, P. (1995). Inner-city and Suburban Labour Markets in a Major English Conurbation: Processes and Policy Implications. Urban Studies, 32 (7), 1097-1125. http://doi.org/10.1080/00420989550012591

Lawless, P., & Dabinett, G. (1995). Urban regeneration and transport investment: a research agenda. Environment & Planning A, 27 (7), 1029-1048. http://doi.org/10.1068/a271029

Lund, S., Farnell, R., Furbey, R., Lawless, P., Wishart, B., & Else, P. (1995). Empowering communities: The experience of the church urban fund. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 10 (3), 218-228. http://doi.org/10.1080/02690949508726284

Lawless, P. (1995). Research reports. Planning Practice & Research, 10 (2), 235-240. http://doi.org/10.1080/02697459550036748

Lawless, P. (1994). Partnership in urban regeneration in the UK: the Sheffield Central Area Study. Urban Studies, 31 (8), 1303-1324. http://doi.org/10.1080/00420989420081171

Dabinett, G., & Lawless, P. (1994). Urban Transport Investment and Regeneration: Researching the impact of South Yorkshire Supertram. Planning Practice & Research, 9 (4), 407-414. http://doi.org/10.1080/02697459408722946

Dabinett, G., & Lawless, P. (1993). An evaluation of the rural development commission's redundant building grant. Journal of Rural Studies, 9 (4), 385-396. http://doi.org/10.1016/0743-0167(93)90050-T

Lawless, P., & Ramsden, P. (1992). Managed Workspaces: Aspects Of Evaluation. Local Government Studies, 18 (2), 75-97. http://doi.org/10.1080/03003939208433627

Dabinett, G., & Lawless, P. (1992). Public subsidy, property development, and economic activity: an evaluation of Britain's Rural Development Commission's Redundant Building Grant. Environment & Planning C: Government & Policy, 10 (2), 211-228. http://doi.org/10.1068/c100211

Beauregard, R.A., Deitrick, S., & Lawless, P. (1992). Collaborative Strategies for Reindustrialization: Sheffield and Pittsburgh. Economic Development Quarterly, 6 (4), 418-430. http://doi.org/10.1177/089124249200600408

Lawless, P. (1991). Urban policy in the Thatcher decade: English inner-city policy, 1979- 90. Environment & Planning C: Government & Policy, 9 (1), 15-30. http://doi.org/10.1068/c090015

Lawless, P. (1991). Public-private sector partnership in a major industrial conurbation: the case study of Sheffield. East Midland Geographer, 14, 4-13.

Lawless, P., & Ramsden, P. (1990). Land Use Planning and the Inner Cities — The Case of the Lower Don Valley, Sheffield. Local Government Studies, 16 (1), 33-47. http://doi.org/10.1080/03003939008433508

Lawless, P., & Ramsden, P. (1990). Sheffield in the 1980s. From radical intervention to partnership. Cities, 7 (3), 202-210. http://doi.org/10.1016/0264-2751(90)90048-C

Henneberry, J., & Lawless, P. (1989). The computer services sector in older manufacturing cities: A case study of sheffield. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 4 (2), 125-131. http://doi.org/10.1080/02690948908725983

Lawless, P. (1989). Britain's inner cities: problems and policies. Second edition. Britain's inner cities: problems and policies. Second edition.

Lawless, P. (1988). British inner urban policy post 1979: a critique. Policy & Politics, 16 (4), 261-275. http://doi.org/10.1332/030557388782454920

Lawless, P. (1988). Urban development corporations and their alternatives. Cities, 5 (3), 277-289. http://doi.org/10.1016/0264-2751(88)90046-7

Lawless, P. (1988). Enterprise Boards: Evolution and Critique. Planning Outlook, 31 (1), 13-18. http://doi.org/10.1080/00320718808711812

Lawless, P. (1986). The changing urban and regional system in the UK: Sheffield case study. Global restructuring local response, 170-174.

Lawless, P. (1986). The evolution of spatial policy: a case study of inner- urban policy in the United Kingdom 1968-1981. The evolution of spatial policy: a case study of inner- urban policy in the United Kingdom 1968-1981.

Lawless, P., & Randle, T. (1985). (The political response to industrial decline in Sheffield). Hommes et Terres du Nord, 1985-2, 129-138. http://doi.org/10.3406/htn.1985.1989

Lawless, P. (1981). Britain's inner cities: problems and policies. Britain's inner cities: problems and policies.

Lawless, P. (1981). The role of some central government agencies in urban economic regeneration. Regional Studies, 15 (1), 1-14. http://doi.org/10.1080/09595238100185011

Lawless, P. (1980). Partnerships — A Critical Evaluation. Local Government Studies, 6 (3), 21-39. http://doi.org/10.1080/03003938008432875

Lawless, P. (1980). New Approaches to Local Authority Economic Intervention. Local Government Studies, 6 (1), 17-31. http://doi.org/10.1080/03003938008432835

Lawless, P. (1979). Urban deprivation and government initiative ( UK). Urban deprivation and government initiative ( UK).

Lawless, P. (1979). Urban economic development. Town and Country Planning, 48 (8), 258-259.

Lawless, P. (1978). Urban initiatives and the state of planning. Planning Outlook, 21 (2), 18-22. http://doi.org/10.1080/00320717808711561

Conference papers

Gonzales, V.M., Barham, M., Lawless, P., Cherian, B.V., Mata, D., Higgins-Borchardt, S., & Alatrach, S. (2012). Understanding production drivers and challenges in converting a vertical to horizontal oil play utilizing single well modeling. Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference 2012, CURC 2012, 1, 139-148.

Lawless, P. (1992). Urban regeneration and planning: Past lessons and future direction. Cavendish Conference Centre, London, UK, 24 April 1992. Land Use Policy, 9 (4), 304-305. http://doi.org/10.1016/0264-8377(92)90008-K

Book chapters

Lawless, P., & Haughton, G. (2013). The policy context and local policy capacities: Urban policy initiatives: Trends and prospects. In Regional Development in the 1990s: The British Isles in Transition. (pp. 303-308). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315000213

Reports

Dayson, C., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2013). The economic impact of housing organisations on the North: Helena Partnerships. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-economic-impact-of-housing-organisations-on-the-north-helena-partnerships

Dayson, C., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2013). The economic impact of housing organisations on the North: Liverpool Housing Trust. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-economic-impact-of-housing-organisations-on-the-north-liverpool-housing-trust

Dayson, C., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2013). The economic impact of housing organisations on the North: St Leger Homes of Doncaster. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-economic-impact-of-housing-organisations-on-the-north-st-leger-homes-of-doncaster

Dayson, C., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2013). The economic impact of housing organisations on the North: Draft case study report - Stockport Homes Ltd. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-economic-impact-of-housing-organisations-on-the-north-stockport-homes

Dayson, C., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2013). The economic impact of housing organisations on the North: Wakefield and District Housing. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-economic-impact-of-housing-organisations-on-the-north-wakefield-and-district-housing

Dayson, C., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2013). The economic impact of housing organisations on the North: Leeds Federated Housing Association Ltd. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-economic-impact-of-housing-organisations-on-the-north-leeds-federated

Dayson, C., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2013). The economic impact of housing organisations on the North. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-economic-impact-of-housing-organisation-on-the-north

Dayson, C., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2013). The economic impact of housing organisations on the North: Durham City Homes. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-economic-impact-of-housing-organisations-on-the-north-durham-city-homes

Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2011). The Economic Impact of Horseracing in Yorkshire. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/the-economic-impact-of-horseracing-in-yorkshire

Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P., Pearson, S., & Wilson, I. (2011). Technical report: NDC national evaluationphase 2. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/ndc-technical-report

Gore, T., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J., Lawless, P., Phang, Z., ... Wilson, I. (2010). Assessing the Value and Benefits of Groundwork. Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/assessing-the-value-and-benefits-of-groundwork

Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P., & Wilson, I. (2010). Exploring and explaining change in regenerationschemes: evidence from the New Deal forCommunities Programme - The New Deal for Communities National Evaluation: Final report – Volume 5. Communities and Local Government Publications. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/ndc-exploring-explaining-change-regeneration-schemes-vol5.pdf

Beatty, C., Brennan, A., Foden, M., Lawless, P., Tyler, P., Warnock, C., & Wilson, I. (2010). The New Deal for Communities Programme - Assessing impact and value for money: The New Deal for Communities National Evaluation - final report – volume 6. Communities and Local Government. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/ndc-assessing-impact-value-for-money-vol6.pdf

Batty, E., Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P., Pearson, S., & Wilson, I. (2010). The New Deal for Communities experience: A final assessment - The New Deal for Communities evaluation: Final report – Volume 7 executive summary. Communities and Local Government. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/ndc-a-final-assessment-vol7-exec-summary.pdf

Batty, E., Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P., Pearson, S., & Wilson, I. (2010). The New Deal for Communities experience: a final assessment - The New Deal for Communities evaluation: Final report – Volume 7. Communities and Local Government. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/ndc-a-final-assessment-vol7.pdf

Batty, E., Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P., Pearson, S., & Wilson, I. (2010). Involving local people in regeneration: Evidence from the New Deal for Communities programme - The New Deal for Communities national evaluation: Final report – Volume 2. Communities and Local Government. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/ndc-evidence-ndc-programme-vol2.pdf

Batty, E., Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P., Pearson, S., & Wilson, I. (2010). Making deprived areas better places to live: Evidence from the New Deal for Communities programme -The New Deal for Communities national evaluation: Final report – Volume 3. Communities and Local Government. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/ndc-making-deprived-areas-better-places-to-live-vol3.pdf

Batty, E., Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P., Pearson, S., & Wilson, I. (2010). Improving outcomes for people in deprived neighbourhoods: Evidence from the New Deal for Communities programme - The New Deal for Communities national evaluation: Final report – Volume 4. Communities and Local Government. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/ndc-improving-outcomes-people-deprived-neighbourhoods-vol4.pdf

Lawless, P., Dickinson, S., Fordham, G., Fuller, C., Meegan, R., & Wells, P. (2008). Challenges, Interventions and Change: An Overview of Neighbourhood Renewal in Six New Deal for Communities areas. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/challenges-interventions-and-change

Fordham, G., Gore, T., Lawless, P., & Fordham, R.K. (2002). The Groundwork movement: its role in neighbourhood renewal. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/groundwork-movement-its-role-neighbourhood-renewal

Theses / Dissertations

Mohamed, A.A.A. (2014). Valuing natural and cultural resources for eco-cultural tourism development : Libya's Green Mountain. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Rotherham, I., Jones, P., & Lawless, P.

Parker, G.F. (2012). Learning to work : The intermediate labour market response to social exclusion. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Gore, T., Lawless, P., & Georgiou, C.

Palmen, R.L. (2007). Participation, power and democracy: A comparative study of community engagement processes. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Lawless, P., & Pearson, S.

McLean, G. (2003). Institutional capacity in the context of an objective one region : A case study of South Yorkshire. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Lawless, P., & Trinnaman, J.

Postgraduate supervision

Four most recent on

Gender and participation in regeneration projects in Sheffield
Community engagement in regeneration projects in South Yorkshire
Assistance for small firms: rationale and effects
Community engagement in urban regeneration projects in Hull and Brazil

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