Prof Richard Kingston

Prof. of Urban Planning and GISc

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I am currently the Head of the Department of Planning and Environmental Management and Professor of Urban Planning and GISc. I am also the Deputy Director of the Spatial Policy Analysis Lab. I joined the University in September 2003. I was previously a research associate at the Centre for Computational Geography, School of Geography, University of Leeds where I developed PPGIS methods and applications. I have worked in planning practice for Leicestershire County Council and a number of planning consultancies before focusing on an academic career.

Head over to my PPGIS research site for the latest information.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)
  • Town & Country Planning Association
  • Urban & Regional Information Systems Association
  • Manchester Data Science Management Board

Further information

Contact details:

Skype Me™! on richard.p.kingston     gisplanner

I also run the Urban-Regional-Planning JISCM@il list which anyone can join.


Current Research Projects

My main research interests and expertise are in the development, designing and implementing software systems for web-based PPGIS. These have been applied to a range of local, regional and national planning and decision support problems and issues. More broadly I am interested in how technology can be used to enhance the operation of the planning system as a whole. You can find further details about my research on the link above.

  • 2016-2018: ESRC Newton Fund: Eco-Urbanisation - promoting sustainable development in metropolitan-regional planning in China. £740,000
  • 2014-2016: ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Programme: Transportation and the socio-spatial equity dimensions of travel to work flows. £197,000

Past Research Projects

  • 2014-2015: EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account: the digital neighbourhood planning toolkit. £30,000
  • 2013-2014: Technology Strategy board / NERC: Climate Change risk and cost diagnosis. 30,000
  • 2010-2013: SMARTiP is a €2.2m project funded by the EC's ICT Policy Support Programme looking at the concept of the Smart City and Smart People.
  • 2007-2012: EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments Research Programme II - SURegen is a £2.3m 4 year project.
  • 2009-2012: EcoCities - a joint initiative between University of Manchester, Bruntwood Estates Ltd and the Oglesby Charitable Trust
  • 2008-2011: Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns (GRaBS) is a €3m project funded by the European Commission’s INTERREG IVC program.
  • 2008-2011: Joseph Rowntree Foundation Housing and Neighbourhood Monitor is a 3 year £250k project.
  • 2007: Outcome Indicators for Spatial Planning. £125k project for SCLG/RTPI.
  • 2006-2009: ESRC Collaborative CASE studentship – Citizenship in the Electronically Networked City (with Manchester Digital Development Agency).
  • 2005: Evaluation of Local Development Frameworks - Spatial Plans in Practice. ODPM £80k.
  • 2005-2008: ESRC Collaborative CASE studentship – Understanding the Dynamics of Neighbourhood Change: Exploring the Diffusion of Demand in a Housing Market Renewal Area (with Iain Deas and Manchester City Council).
  • 2003-2004: IntelCities. EU FP6 Information Socitey and Technology  project for €6.8m.
  • 2001-2001: MedAction: An INternet tool for EU planners, decision makers and citizens interesed in the effects of global climate change and the forcasting of land use change and land degradation.EU FP5, £100k.
  • 1997-2000: Public Particiaption in Local Decision Making - evaluating the potential of Virtual Decision Making Environments. ESRC £106k.

External positions

Managing Director, Tellus Toolkit Limited

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