Robert Stevens MRTPI FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Geography and Planning
I am Senior Lecturer in Planning and Geography and Deputy Course Leader BSc in Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. I am a member of the advisory board for the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Town and Country Planning.>
I am Senior Lecturer in Planning and Geography, with a varied but interlinked focus on planning policy and strategy, economic development planning, comparative planning and economic geography. At various times I have been course leader of the postgraduate Planning award; the postgraduate Regeneration award; and deputy course leader of the undergraduate Geography award. I am also an experienced academic advisor and thesis supervisor.
I am a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the North West branch of the RTPI and the International Planning research network. I am an RTPI schools ambassador and an RTPI Planning Aid volunteer. I am a member of the advisory board for the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Town and Country Planning.
My undergraduate qualification is a Joint Honours BSc degree in Urban Studies and Political Science. I also have a Postgraduate Diploma (RTPI recognised) in Urban and Regional Planning and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching. I am a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Higher Education Academy.
Having worked for a decade as a professional planning and development practitioner- and as a central government researcher and policy advisor- I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2002, initially as an Planning and Regeneration focused researcher in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. Later I moved into a teaching position within the department of the Natural and Built Environment.
Relevant projects include:
1) RA on the NDC National Evaluation (https://ndcevaluation.adc.shu.ac.uk/ndcevaluation/Home.asp)
Tasks including literature reviews, primary research (interviews), secondary analysis of data, secondary qualitative analysis and writing many working papers. I worked on both NDC partnership specific tasks- for example I led the team responsible for undertaking and preparing the 2002-3 Nottingham case study which involved undertaking interviews and operating focus groups; and also on a variety of programme wide tasks including analysing the composite of delivery plans; assessing the realism of the proposed theme-related objectives of NDC yearly plans and producing profiles of all NDC's and a 'typical' NDC.
2) RF on the REURBAN International project (https://www.eling-saalmann.com/re-urban.com/) I contributed as a Research Fellow to a complex, difficult and fascinating project on local economic and environmental change in 4 European countries (Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain) . Our team produced the outputs for the work package ‘Economics, Law and Governance’. I was the SHU team coordinator and the main link into the wider project network- working independently or as part of the collaborative team effort. I performed the lead role for the Sheffield team (with its focus on economic and physical development): and I travelled to all the countries undertaking interviews with key actors/ stakeholders and also representing the SHU project team at the various consortium events.
Department of the Natural and Built Environment
College of Social Sciences and Arts
1) Geography, Planning and Environment; 2) Built Environment
Chai, N., Stevens, R., Fang, X., Mao, C., & Wang, D. (2019). The impact of compensation upon urban village residents satisfaction with the land expropriation process: Empirical evidence from Hangzhou, China. Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law, 11 (3), 186-216. http://doi.org/10.1108/JPPEL-03-2019-0011
Stevens, R. (2006). Local economy in disadvantaged urban districts- a survey of 5 countries (England review)Lokale Ökonomie in benachteiligten Stadtteilen – Ein Blick in fünf europäische Länder. German Institute of Urban Affairs Soziale Stadt info 19, 19-24.
Stevens, R., & Parsons, D. (2004). Exclusivity and security or mixed tenure? Unpacking property price differentials in changing urban neighbourhoods. In Housing Studies Association Spring Conference 2004, Sheffield, 15 April 2004 - 16 April 2004.
Stevens, R. (2001). The 'place' of multi-level governance? Defining the policy agenda for regional development in Western Flanders. In Multi Level Governance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Political Economy Research Centre, University of Sheffield, 28 June 2001 - 30 June 2001.
Stevens, R. (2000). The sub-region and the public policy of 'clusters': the Flemish experience and some lessons for the UK. In EURA 'Cities in the region' Dublin 2000.
I am a fully accredited member of the UK Professional Institutes for both Urban Planning (Royal Town Planning Institute, MRTPI) and Economic Regeneration (Institute of Economic Development, MIED). I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).