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Dr Mark Dobson

Teaching Fellow

Mark Dobson 2019 ed


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


EM 164, Whiteknights Campus

Mark Dobson's main research interests focus on the intersection of urban planning and development processes with national and local politics and policy.

Mark's PhD investigated the effects of national planning reforms and public sector austerity on local planning authorities in England under the Cameron/Osborne-led governments 2010-16, with a focus on council and planning services commercialisation. This formed part of his wider interests in processes of neoliberalisation and public interest in planning, and the role and professional status of public planners. Mark teaches a range of subjects on planning, development, housing and regeneration at undergraduate and masters level.


  • BSc Geography - Kingston University London.
  • MA Human Geography - King’s College London.
  • PhD - University of Reading.

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.

Projects in Real Estate and Planning (1)

Summary module description The purpose of this module is twofold. Firstly, it aims to develop a range of key skills to help students make the transition from school to university...

Module code: RE1PROJ

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