Dr Alan Reeve
BA (Hons), PGCE, DipArch, DipUD, MAUD, PhD
Reader in Planning and Urban Design
Subject Co-ordinator for the Masters in Urban Design
Research Associate - OISD: UDG
Alan is Reader in Planning and Urban Design in the Joint Centre for Urban Design and the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. His particular research and teaching interests lie in townscape analysis and evaluation, town centre management and conservation-led urban regeneration. He is currently involved in a number of research projects for the Heritage Lottery Fund and Transport for London. He is also part of a team from the Joint Centre for Urban Design engaged in delivering training in all aspects of urban design to both public and private sector clients.
Urban design; conservation based urban regeneration; townscape evaluation; urban management; urban theory.
Research interests and consultancy expertise
Heritage led urban regeneration; quality of public space; management of public space; the philosophy of design.
Examples of recent projects
1999-2013 Longitidinal Evaluation of the Impact of the Townscape Heritage Initiative, for the Heritage Lottery Fund.
2014-15 Pilot study of town centre conservation areas and the death of the English High Street
1997 RUDI Project (Resource for Urban Design Information): with team of four, set up an international web site on urban design; employed as urban design consultant and manager on the project for three years.
1998 Townscape Evaluation of the Jubilee Line Extension for London Transport: co-managed this baseline research to establish the impact of the JLE on the townscape around the new JLE underground stations.
1999 Perception Study of the Jubilee Line Extension for London Transport, managed this project with Surrey University: Baseline research into issues of identity, place affiliation and security in the new station sites.
1999 – ongoing, Long Term Evaluation of the Townscape Heritage Initiative Programme of the Heritage Lottery Fund: managing this ten year study of the impacts of the THI in 17 sample cases throughout the UK, using a range of indicators and research tools.
2002 Follow-up Perception Study of the Jubilee Line Extension for Transport for London managed this project with Surrey University: Follow-up research into issues of identity, place affiliation and security in the new station sites. Value of the project: £25,000.
With Butina-Watson 2004 Lessons from the New Towns for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. This research aims at identifying transferable lessons from the New Towns Programme for the Growth Areas initiative.
With Butina-Watson 2005 Evidence Review of the Thames Gateway Growth Area for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. This research reviews published research into the capacity, development needs and infrastructural conditions of the proposed Thames Gateway Growth Area.
Recent publications, conferences and papers
With Shipley (2007) Townscape evaluation: developing non aesthetic criteria to monitor change in historic urban settings. In The Journal of Urban Morphology Vol 11. No 1
With Otsuka,N. (2007) ‘The contribution and potential of town centre management for regeneration’, Town Planning Review, 78 (2) 225 - 250
(2008) ‘Town Centre Management, towards a research agenda’ in Business Improvement Districts: Research, theories and controversies. Morçöl, G editor MIT Press
With Shipley (2010) Evaluating the THI, Urban Design International Vol 15, 4, 221-237
With Reeve, M., (2011) Punch and Judy on the Beach and in the mall, The Journal of Visual Culture in Britain pp18-30
With Shipley (2012) Assessing the effectiveness of the Townscape Heritage Initiative in regeneration, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, Vol 6 Number 2 pp 189-210
With Shipley (2014) The impact of heritage investment on public attitudes to place: evidence from the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), Urban Planning and Transport Research, Vol 2 Issue 1 pp289-311
With Shipley (2014) Heritage based regeneration in an age of austerity: lessons from the Townscape Heritage Initiative, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal Vol 7 Number 2, pp 122-135
With Hee Sun (2014) Local identity in the form production process, using aa a case study the multifunctional administrative city project (Sejong) in South Korea, Urban Design International, online publication date 22nd January
2008 - 'Evaluating historic townscapes' paper given at the joint ACSP/AESOP Congress in Chicago, July
2008 - 'The Impact of the Townscape Heritage Initiative' – keynote paper at the HLF THI conference, Manchester, February
Reeve, AR (2008) 'Town Centre Management, towards a research agenda' in Business Improvement Districts: Research, theories and controversies. Morçöl, G editor MIT Press
Reeve, AR With Otsuka,N. (2007) 'The contribution and potential of town centre management for regeneration', Town Planning Review, 78 (2) 225 - 250
Reeve, AR With Aportella (2006) 'Visual pollution in historic city centres', paper accepted for presentation at the 19th International Association of Planning Schools Conference in Alexandria, and to be published in the Conference Proceedings
Reeve, AR With Gatersleben (2006) Transport, place attachment and perceived social and physical boundaries. The influence of a new transport link on residential communities. Volume 27, Issue 2, June 2007, Pages 145-153
Reeve, AR With Shipley (2007) Townscape evaluation: developing non aesthetic criteria to monitor change in historic urban settings. In The Journal of Urban Morphology Vol 11. No 1
Reeve, AR (2007) Contributions and potential of Town Centre Management (TCM) in Urban Regeneration – in the case of English town and city centres. Journal of Urban Design, Vol 12, No 3 pp. 435-459(25)
Reeve, AR (2004) with R. Shipley, Townscape Heritage Initiatives Evaluation: methodology for assessing the effectiveness of Heritage Lottery Fund projects in the UK, in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, vol 22
Reeve, AR (2004) Town Centre Management, towards a research agenda, in Urban Design International, 9, pp 133 – 150
Reeve, AR (2004) Urban Design Quarterly, Issue 91, July: Guest editor of special issue on Town Centre Management, including editorial, and article on regeneration and TCM
(2003-) Editor of the AESOP Yearbook