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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

    NING, C and STEVENS, R (2019) Does land and property expropriation improve the satisfaction of urban villagers with their living conditions? Evidence from a study of Hangzhou, China (forthcoming International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development)

    STEVENS, R (2019) “Urban Entrepreneurialism, governance and a new city regional privatism”? A review of city regional policy agendas in England. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers April 2019 Washington DC USA

    STEVENS, R and NING, C (2019) A ‘smart new urban agenda’? Actually existing smart city approaches in China and the UK (forthcoming Town Planning Review)

    STEVENS, R (2012a) Governance Failure? Why have major and flagship projects largely eluded the city of Bristol, England since the late 1980’s? Paper presented at Regional Studies Association Global Conference 2012 Sustaining Regional Futures, June 2012, Beijing, China.

    STEVENS, R (2012b) Economic Development in England under the coalition government: Localism or a 'new privatism? Paper prepared for the International Geographic Union Commission on Geography of Governance annual conference April 2012 Lisbon Portugal.

    STEVENS, R (2006a) German Institute of Urban Affairs 'Soziale Stadt info 19: Local economy in disadvantaged urban districts - a survey of 5 countries' pp 18- 24 England Country Profile.

    STEVENS, R (2006b) European Union and Stadt Leipzig, Final Report to the Commission Re Urban Mobil Project pp 42- 48.

    STEVENS, R (2005) Re Urban Mobil Work Package Five (Economics, law and Governance) Final Report to the project consortium European Union Re Urban Mobil project.

    STEVENS, R (2004a) 'Exclusivity and Security or Mixed Tenure? Unpacking property price differentials in changing urban neighbourhoods': paper presented to Housing Studies Association Spring Conference, Sheffield, April 2004.

    STEVENS, R (2004b) EU sixth framework three year programme Re Urban Mobil: Project briefing paper: Governance in Leipzig, Ljubljana, Bologna and Leon European Union Re Urban Mobil project.

    STEVENS, R (2003) NDC National Evaluation Briefing paper: Extent of changes required for NDC partnerships to achieve delivery. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister / Neighbourhood Renewal Unit.

    STEVENS, R and NING, C (2018) A ‘smart new urban agenda’? Actually existing smart city approaches in China and the UK (forthcoming Town Planning Review)

    NING, C and STEVENS, R (2018) Does land and property expropriation improve the satisfaction of urban villagers with their living conditions? Evidence from a study of Hangzhou, China (forthcoming Habitat)

    STEVENS, Robert (2012) Governance Failure? Why have major and flagship projects largely eluded the city of Bristol, England since the late 1980’s? Paper presented at Regional Studies Association Global Conference 2012 Sustaining Regional Futures, June 2012, Beijing, China.

    STEVENS, Robert (2012) Economic Development in England under the coalition government: Localism or a 'new privatism? Paper prepared for the International Geographic Union Commission on Geography of Governance annual conference April 2012 Lisbon Portugal.

    STEVENS, Robert (2006) German Institute of Urban Affairs 'Soziale Stadt info 19: Local economy in disadvantaged urban districts - a survey of 5 countries' pp 18- 24 England Country Profile.

    STEVENS, Robert (2006) European Union and Stadt Leipzig, Final Report to the Commission Re Urban Mobil Project pp 42- 48.

    STEVENS, Robert (2005) Re Urban Mobil Work Package Five (Economics, law and Governance) Final Report to the project consortium European Union Re Urban Mobil project.

    STEVENS, Robert (2004) EU sixth framework three year programme Re Urban Mobil: Project briefing paper: Governance in Leipzig, Ljubljana, Bologna and Leon European Union Re Urban Mobil project.

    STEVENS, Robert (2004) 'Exclusivity and Security or Mixed Tenure? Unpacking property price differentials in changing urban neighbourhoods': paper presented to Housing Studies Association Spring Conference, Sheffield, April 2004.

    STEVENS, Robert (2003) NDC National Evaluation Briefing paper: Extent of changes required for NDC partnerships to achieve delivery. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister / Neighbourhood Renewal Unit.

  • 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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