Joe Doak

Associate Professor of Urban Planning & Development

Joe Doak

Joe Doak

Real Estate & Planning
EM 166, Whiteknights Campus
+44 (0) 118 378 6420



Joe is a chartered town planner with interests in the formulation and implementation of spatial planning policy, concentrating on sustainability, local economic development and the property development process. Other academic interests include theoretical perspectives on the planning and development process, housing markets and planning practice and urban history.

Joe has been actively involved in the Editorial Board of ‘Planning Practice and Research’, the Reading Green City, Waterways and Open Spaces Forum and a number of international research networks focusing on complexity, climate change, participation and planning. He has acted as a 'critical friend' and advisor to a number of UK local authorities and central government agencies.


  • Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)
  • MPhil Town Planning, University College London
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University College London


Urban planning; Sustainability; Real estate development, Urban history

Selected Research Grants

(2008 - 2012) A Guide to the Sustainable Built Environment (EPSRC/Hereford Futures)

(2009 - 2011) Low Carbon Understanding for SMEs (EPSRC/ERDF)

(2003-2007) Property Investment and Brownfield Redevelopment in the UK (EPSRC)

(2003-2007) Impact of Climate Change on Brownfield Pollutant Linkages (EPSRC)

(2003-2004) Community Strategy Formation and Local Governance Under New Labour (UoR Research Endowment Trust Fund)


View a full list of Joe Doak's Publications

Key Publications

Doak, J. and Parker, G. (2018) ‘Planning for Sustainability - Reflections on a Necessary Activity’, in Dixon, T., Connaughton, J. and Green, S. (eds.) ‘Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment to 2050: A Foresight Approach to Construction and Development’, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell:

Rawlings, J., Coker, P., Doak, J. and Burfoot, B. (2014) ‘Do smart grids offer a new incentive for SME carbon reduction?’, Sustainable Cities and Society, 10. pp. 245-250

Parker, G. and Doak, J. (2012) Key Concepts in Planning. London: Sage

Doak, J. (2009) An inspector calls: looking at retail development through a sustainability lens. Journal of Retail and Leisure Property, 8 (4). pp. 299-309.

Doak, J. and Khan, O. S. M. (2009) Integrating e-learning in real estate education: the iLearn and ULearn case studies. Journal of European Real Estate Research, 2 (3). pp. 294-307

Karadimitriou, N., Doak, J. and Cidre, E. (2009) 'Rethinking Brownfields: Discourses, Networks and Space-Time Relations', in Silva, E., Karadimitriou, N. and De Roo G. (eds.) A Planners Meeting with Complexity, Ashgate

Doak, J. and Karadimitriou, N. (2007) 'Actor Networks: The Brownfield Merry Go Round', in Dixon, T., Lerner, D. and Raco, R. (eds.) From Problem Spaces to Liveable Places: An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration, Blackwells

Doak, J. and Karadimitriou, N. (2007) '(Re)development, Complexity and Networks: A Framework for Research', Urban Studies, Vol. 44.2, pp.209-229