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Dr Edward Shepherd

Associate Professor of Planning and Development

Programme Area Director for Undergraduate Programmes

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  • Real estate development, 
  • Urban planning, 
  • Politics and policy making


EM 156, Whiteknights Campus

Edward’s research focuses on urban policy, development land markets and the politics of development. He has a particular interest in the relationship between the history of political ideas and the policy and regulatory environment which shapes the development process.

Teaching is also a very important part of Edward’s role at the Department of Real Estate and Planning. Edward teaches final year undergraduate and postgraduate students about the development process, development appraisal, affordable housing viability and the politics of development.

Edward has a professional background in planning and development consultancy. While in practice he advised private and public sector clients on planning applications, planning policy, strategic land promotion, affordable housing issues and viability. Edward draws upon this valuable practical insight in his teaching and research activities.

In his role as Programme Area Director Edward consults with industry and works to ensure that the undergraduate real estate and planning programmes remain exceptional and continue to deliver an excellent education to students which will put them in the very best position for the start of their professional careers.

Edward is actively looking for suitable PhD candidates for supervision. Please contact him directly if you are thinking about doing a PhD in an area related to his research interests.


  • PhD University of Cambridge. Thesis: ‘Liberty, property and the state: the ideology of the institution of national English town and country planning.’
  • MSc Development Planning, University of Reading
  • BA (Hons) English Literature with International Study, University of Birmingham
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
  • Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy