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Dr Tim Whitehead

Senior Lecturer



Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth’s School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, I had a 30+ year career as a planning visionary and practitioner at the interface of economic development, the environment and transport with a wide range of public and private sector organizations in the United Kingdom and Canada. A Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners, I hold a doctorate in the link between economic development and transport from the University of Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit, masters and bachelors degrees in urban and regional planning and diplomas in municipal administration and learning and teaching in higher education.

My qualifications include both the technical depth in turning towns and cities into modern 'place-products' as well as the practical management know-how required to bring them about in a fiscally responsible manner. With over 20 years of executive management experience in the delivery of planning and property development services, I am well aware of the challenges that need to be overcome in bringing about place-products and, today, my primary research, consulting and teaching interests are in the link between environmental quality improvements, business and economic activity and in barriers to regeneration. I take a special interest in design for sustainable towns and cities, valuation of the environment as an unpriced resource, and ‘trouble-shooting’ development projects. Outside of the university and my academic and professional interests, I enjoy cycling, swimming, yoga, history and travel.

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