Dr Edward Shepherd

Associate Professor of Planning and Development

Dr Edward Shepherd

Dr Edward Shepherd

Programme Area Director for Undergraduate Programmes
Real Estate & Planning
EM 156, Whiteknights Campus
+44 (0) 118 378 5298



Edward is a dual-qualified (MRICS and MRTPI) chartered planning and development surveyor and town planner with experience in both private practice and academic teaching and research.

While in consultancy, Edward advised private and public sector clients on planning applications, strategic land promotion, affordable housing issues, development feasibility and viability, and planning policy development.

Edward’s recent research has explored the relationship between national political ideologies and policy and legislative changes in national English town and country planning. His research interests also cover the urban policy making process, urban governance, and the politics of development.

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, Birmingham, UK and University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
  • Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Real estate development; Urban planning; Politics and policy making.


View a full list of Dr Ed Shepherd's publications

Key Publications

Shepherd, E. (2018) Liberty, property and the state: the ideology of the institution of English town and country planning. Progress in Planning. ISSN 0305-9006 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.progress.2018.09.001

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: https://doi.org/10.1177/1473095217737587

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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.06.047

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: https://doi.org/10.1108/JPPEL-12-2017-0041

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.

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: https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774X15614178

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: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLBE-07-2014-0019