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Robert Stevens BSc PGDipEcon MA PGCHE MRTPI FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Geography and Planning

Summary

I am Senior Lecturer in Geography and Planning, with a focus on economic geography and economic development planning.

My undergraduate qualification is a Joint Honours BSc degree in Urban Studies and Political Science. I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics, an (RTPI recognised) Masters degree (MA) in Urban and Regional Planning and an Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching.

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  • About

    I worked for almost a decade as a professional economic development and urban planning practitioner, in both the private and public sector, before joining Sheffield Hallam University in 2002 from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in Whitehall. 

    I was initially an Human Geography focused researcher in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR). Later I moved into a teaching position within the department of the Natural and Built Environment.

  • Teaching

    Department of the Natural and Built Environment

    My teaching is focused on the interrelated areas of Urban and Economic Geography, Economic Development and City Planning, and Chinese and Dutch-focused aspects of these subjects.

    I am the leader of a core first year Human Geography module and a second year elective module available to Human Geography, Geography and Planning students. I am a member of the teaching team for postgraduate and undergraduate modules from across the Human Geography, Geography, Planning and Real Estate awards

    My teaching is focused on the interrelated areas of Urban and Economic Geography, Economic Development and City Planning, and Chinese and Dutch-focused aspects of these subjects.

    I am leader of a core first year Human Geography module and a second year elective module available to Human Geography, Geography and Planning students. I am a member of the teaching team for postgraduate and undergraduate modules from across the Human Geography, Geography, Planning and Real Estate awards.

    First year undergraduate
    Introduction to Regeneration and Planning (module leader)
    Approaches to Human Geography (economic geography theme)

    Second year undergraduate
    Economic Geography (module leader)
    Development, Power and Imperialism (China theme)
    Real Estate Economics

    Final year undergraduate
    Globalisation Democracy and Change (China theme)
    Transport Geography and Planning (Economic Development theme)

    Postgraduate
    Comparative International Planning (Dutch)
    Planning and Growth
    Policies for Space and Place

  • Research

    My research draws upon various interrelated and complementary themes across my academic specialisms. Key topics are urban entrepreneurialism and competitive cities; smart cities; regional development; major projects and infrastructure; distribution networks.

    Of particular interest is contributing to a fuller understanding of the processes of economic development policy agenda-setting and governance, within city regions in the context of economic globalisation.

    A recent developing focus is the urban and economic geography of China. My research agenda is informed by various conceptual approaches: HJ Chang’s institutionalist political economy; Gidden’s structuration theory; Stone and Molotch regime/coalition theory- underpinned by a political philosophy of revisionist social democracy.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    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.

    Conference papers

    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, SheffieldHallam University, 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.

  • Other activities

    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).

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