Dr James White is Co-Investigator at the Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence focusing on design value and housing, and Lecturer in Urban Design in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow.
James studied City and Regional Planning (BSc) and Urban Design (MA) at Cardiff University before completing his doctoral studies in Planning at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is the convenor of the planning programmes within Urban Studies and delivers the urban design components of the subject area’s post-graduate curriculum. James is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Town Planner and a Member of the Urban Design Group. He is currently the co-chair of the urban design track at the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference (North America) and a member of West Dunbartonshire’s Place and Design Panel.
James is interested in the theory and application of design governance and his research focuses is on the tools and mechanisms that planners use to shape the built environment and enhance the design quality of real estate development and the public realm. James’ research also specifically examines how urban design ideas and concepts are ‘mobilised’ between different cities and how local planning and development cultures impact spatial planning and design outcomes. He is especially interested in urban design and high-rise residential development, as well as the post-austerity context for urban design and the challenges associated with widening opportunities for participation in the design and planning process.
His recent work has examined urban design processes both in the UK and in Canada, with a particular focus on the design governance of large-scale regeneration projects, including waterfronts, and the repurposing of vacant and derelict land. James’ recent publications include a case study of urban design on Toronto’s waterfront in Canada and an examination of policy mobilisation and high-rise residential development in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada.