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Dr Mark Dobson

Lecturer in Planning & Development

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  • UK Planning System and Local Government, 
  • Public Sector Austerity, 
  • Policy Reform


EM 164, Whiteknights Campus

Mark Dobson is a Lecturer in Planning & Development within the Department of Real Estate & Planning.

His core teaching and research interests focus on planning and development theory, policy and practice. Particularly where these intersect with conceptions of neoliberalism, sustainability and public interest and how these shape the politics around land-use and development decision-making.


  • PhD Planning & Development - University of Reading’
  • MA Geography - King’s College London.
  • BSc Geography - Kingston University London.
  • Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (AssocRTPI)
  • Chartered Geographer & Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (CGeog-FRGS)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Town & Country Planning Association

Reference: Lynn, T. , Dobson, M. and Parker, G. (2021) Some lessons from development negotiations in England. Town and Country Planning, 90 (1/2). ISSN 0040-9960
Reference: Parker, G. , Dobson, M. and Lynn, T. , (2021) Community involvement opportunities for the reformed planning system: frontloading and deliberative democracy. Report. Henley Business School, Reading. pp61.
Reference: Parker, G. , Dobson, M. and Lynn, T. , (2021) Paper Tigers’: a critical review of Statements of Community Involvement in England. Report. Civic Voice, Birmingham. pp46.
Reference: Parker, G. , Dobson, M. and Lynn, T. (2021) Statements of community involvement: setting the bar or barring engagement? Town and Country Planning, 90 (9-10). pp. 322-327. ISSN 0040-9960 (In Press)
Reference: Parker, G. , Dobson, M. and Lynn, T. (2021) Governmental logics in commercialised planning practices: the case of Local Authority Pre-Application Negotiations in the English planning system. Planning Theory & Practice. ISSN 1464-9357 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: Parker, G. , Dobson, M. , Lynn, T. and Salter, K. (2020) Entangling voluntarism, leisure time and political work: the governmentalities of neighbourhood planning in England. Leisure Studies, 39 (5). pp. 644-658. ISSN 1466-4496 doi:
Reference: Parker, G. , Wargent, M. , Salter, K., Dobson, M. , Lynn, T. and Yuille, A., (2020) Impacts of neighbourhood planning in England. Report. University of Reading, London.
Reference: Dobson, M. (2019) Neoliberal business as usual or paradigm shift? Planning under austerity localism. PhD thesis, University of Reading. doi:

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