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Dr Matthew Wargent

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Matthew Wargent 75ncjvia1

Specialisms

  • Urban planning, 
  • Urban governance, 
  • Public participation, 
  • Neighbourhoods, 
  • Policy-making

Location

EM 168, Whiteknights Campus

Matthew's research focuses on the planning and governance of cities. He has a particular in interest in neighbourhoods, community participation, and the politics of urban policy and regulation. Before joining the University of Reading in 2018, he held positions at the University of Sheffield and University College London.

With a background in political sociology, Matthew had published widely on public participation and the marketisation of planning. He was recently co-investigator on a national study into neighbourhood planning for the UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and in 2019 published Neighbourhood Planning in Practice (with Gavin Parker and Kat Salter), winner of the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement at the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence.

Matthew’s current research explores how evidence is legitimised within the urban policy-making process and the role of planners as market actors.​​ Matthew is happy to hear from prospective doctoral candidates concerning any of the topics discussed above.​​


Qualifications

  • PhD Sociology, University of Sheffield
  • MA Sociology and Management, University of Essex
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy and Sociology, University of Sheffield

Reference: Wargent, M. and Talen, E. (2021) Rethinking neighbourhoods. Town Planning Review, 92 (1). pp. 89-95. ISSN 1478-341X doi: https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2020.43
Reference: Wargent, M. , Parker, G. and Street, E. (2020) Private expertise and the spatial reorganisation of planning in England. In: Jonas, A., Koch, N., Lizotte, C., Luukkonen, J. and Moisio, S. (eds.) Handbook of the Changing Geographies of the State. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. ISBN 9781788978040
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: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2020.1776014
Reference: Parker, G. , Wargent, M. and Street, E. (2020) ‘planning by gaslight’– on reforms, skills and political work in planning. Town and Country Planning. ISSN 0040-9960 (In Press)
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: Wargent, M. (2020) Localism, governmentality and failing technologies: the case of neighbourhood planning in England. Territory, Politics, Governance. ISSN 2162-268X doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/21622671.2020.1737209
Reference: Wargent, M. , Parker, G. and Street, E. (2019) Public-private entanglements: consultant use by local planning authorities in England. European Planning Studies, 28 (1). pp. 192-210. ISSN 1469-5944 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1677565
Reference: Parker, G. , Street, E. and Wargent, M. (2019) Advocates, advisors and scrutineers: the technocracies of private sector planning in England. In: Raco, M. and Savini, F. (eds.) Planning and Knowledge: How New Forms of Technocracy are Shaping Contemporary Cities. Policy Press, Bristol. ISBN 9781447345244
Reference: Parker, G. , Salter, K. and Wargent, M. (2019) Neighbourhood planning in practice. Lund Humphries, London. ISBN 9781848222830
Reference: Parker, G. , Street, E. and Wargent, M. (2018) The rise of the private sector in fragmentary planning in England. Planning Theory and Practice, 19 (5). pp. 734-750. ISSN 1464-9357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2018.1532529
Reference: Wargent, M. and Parker, G. (2018) Re-imagining neighbourhood governance: the future of neighbourhood planning in England. Town Planning Review, 89 (4). pp. 379-402. ISSN 1478-341X doi: https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2018.23
Reference: Parker, G. and Wargent, M. , (2017) Participant experience of neighbourhood planning in England. Working Papers in Real Estate & Planning. 01/17. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp20.
Reference: Parker, G. , Lynn, T. and Wargent, M. (2017) Contestation and conservatism in neighbourhood planning in England. Reconciling agonism and collaboration? Planning Theory and Practice, 18 (3). pp. 446-465. ISSN 1464-9357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2017.1316514
Reference: Parker, G. , Lynn, T. and Wargent, M. (2015) Sticking to the script? The co-production of Neighbourhood Planning in England. Town Planning Review, 86 (5). pp. 519-536. ISSN 1478-341X doi: https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2015.31
Reference: Parker, G. , Lynn, T. and Wargent, M. , (2014) User experience of neighbourhood planning in England. Report. Locality, London.

Most recent news & media

Generating Effective Planning Cultures. David Robins Research Fund (£10,615), Co-Investigator, 2019-2021.

Impact of Neighbourhood Planning in England. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (£63,039), Co-Investigator, 2019-2020.

The Politics of Private Sector Provision in Local Governance. British Academy (£316,305), Principal Investigator, 2018-2022.

Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement, Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Research Excellence, 2019