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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

Reference: Ball, M. , Shepherd, E. and Wyatt, P. (2021) The relationship between residential development land prices and house prices. Town Planning Review. ISSN 1478-341X doi:
Reference: Shepherd, E. (2021) Ideology and institutional change: the case of the English National Planning Policy framework. Planning Theory and Practice. ISSN 1464-9357 doi:
Reference: Inch, A. and Shepherd, E. (2020) Thinking conjuncturally about ideology, housing and English planning. Planning Theory, 19 (1). pp. 59-79. ISSN 1741-3052 doi:
Reference: Shepherd, E. (2020) Liberty, property and the state: the ideology of the institution of national English town and country planning. Progress in Planning, 135. 100425. ISSN 0305-9006 doi:
Reference: Bates, L., Parker, G. , Wargent, M. , Linovski, O., Schoneboom, A., Gunn, S., Slade, D., Odeleye, N.-D., Maidment, C. , Shepherd, E. , Doak, J. , Elliot, T., Nicholls, V. , Street, E. , Dobson, M. , Platts, S. and Tasan-Kok, T. (2020) The future of the planning profession. Planning Theory & Practice, 21 (3). pp. 453-480. ISSN 1464-9357 doi:
Reference: Shepherd, E. , Inch, A. and Marshall, T. (2020) Narratives of power: bringing ideology to the fore of planning analysis. Planning Theory, 19 (1). pp. 3-16. ISSN 1741-3052 doi:
Reference: Hughes, C. , Sayce, S. , Shepherd, E. and Wyatt, P. (2020) Implementing a land value tax: considerations on moving from theory to practice. Land Use Policy, 94. 104494. ISSN 0264-8377 doi:
Reference: Hughes, C. , McCluskey, W., Sayce, S. , Shepherd, E. , Wyatt, P. and Shepherd, E., (2018) Investigation of potential land value tax policy - options for Scotland. Report. Scottish Land Commission pp121.
Reference: McAllister, P. , Shepherd, E. and Wyatt, P. (2018) Policy shifts, developer contributions and land value capture in London 2005–2017. Land Use Policy, 78. pp. 316-326. ISSN 0264-8377 doi:
Reference: Lees, E. and Shepherd, E. (2018) Morphological analysis of legal ideology: locating interpretive divergence. Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law, 10 (1). pp. 5-16. ISSN 2514-9407 doi:
Reference: Shepherd, E. (2018) Continuity and change in the institution of town and country planning: modelling the role of ideology. Planning Theory, 17 (4). pp. 494-513. ISSN 1741-3052 doi:
Reference: Allmendinger, P., Haughton, G. and Shepherd, E. (2016) Where is planning to be found? Material practices and the multiple spaces of planning. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34 (1). pp. 38-51. ISSN 1472-3425 doi:
Reference: Lees, E. and Shepherd, E. (2015) Incoherence and incompatibility in planning law. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 7 (2). pp. 111-126. ISSN 1756-1450 doi:

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