Mr Michael Edwards

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Education: PPE (mostly economics and statistics) in Oxford 1961-4 and then Town Planning at UCL 1964-6.  Employed in Nathaniel Lichfield and Associates and in that capacity worked on the Milton Keynes Master Plan, other new settlements, retail schemes and cost benefit analysis. Joined the UCL staff in 1969.

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Founder member of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA) and of the Planners Network UK (PNUK)

Research Summary

Works on relationship between property markets and planning, mainly in UK and Europe. Active on London planning, most recently supporting community groups in challenges to the 2009 and Draft Replacement London Plan (supported by UCL Public Engagement Unit)
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Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship focuses on the land and housing crisis in the UK, working with Bob Colenutt (University of Northampton)
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Sustainable cities and regeneration, although both terms have lost much of their meaning

Research outputs

The housing crisis and London 2016 Edwards M
Prospects for land, rent and housing in UK cities 2015 Edwards M
Just Space: towards a just, sustainable London 2014 Edwards M,Brown R,Lee R
A manifesto for planning and land reform 2012 Edwards M,Inch A,Marshall T
London for sale: towards the marketization of urban space 2011 Edwards M
Do Londoners make their own plans? 2010 Edwards M
Machen die Londoner ihre eigenegen Pläne? 2010 Edwards M
King’s Cross: renaissance for whom? 2009 Edwards M
Exploring roles and relationships in the production of the built environment 2009 Edwards M,Campkin B,Arbaci S
Blue Skies Over Bluewater? 2008 Edwards M
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Research activities

Community Participation in city-wide planning: Comparing London and Johannesburg