CPT892 - Urban and Regional Development in Practice

SchoolCardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department CodeGEOPL0
Module CodeCPT892
External Subject CodeK421
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Crispian Fuller
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2016/7

Outline Description of Module

Regions and cities the world over currently face immense pressures to change land uses and adapt to wide-ranging economic, environmental and social pressures. Pressures of competition and globalisation have led to the decay and decline of traditional production-based industries and seen the growth of new, more high-tech service sectors and cultural businesses. Many places are thus being forced to re-invent themselves and rise to the multiple challenges of finding new ways of using the urban and industrial landscape, finding new forms of work and sources of income for local people, and developing new place identities and images to attract business investment, visitors and talented, creative people. As a result, regeneration strategies which once focused upon reconfiguring the physical fabric of run-down areas are having to become much broader and wider and to encompass the economic, social and cultural transformation of towns, cities and regions. Similarly, local economic development approaches are broadening with traditional strategies for business competitiveness and place marketing being applied alongside more novel approaches based around the development of social enterprises and initiatives encouraging more locally embedded, sustainable business activities. This raises a number of challenges for the design and delivery of urban regeneration policies and strategies. Understanding these challenges and different ways and means by which they may be addressed is thus the principal focus of this module.


The module will focus on understanding the nature, role and merits of different policy and practice interventions around the built environment and local economic development. To achieve this, it will combine insights from academic theory and practice-based perspectives on contemporary regeneration strategies, projects and local economic development policies and initiatives drawn from both the UK and international experience.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered through a series of theory based lectures support by presentations given by senior urban and regional development practitioners from local and central government and private sector agencies..

Skills that will be practised and developed


  1. Ability to assess and critique urban regeneration policy development and implementation

  2. Developing logical, insightful and analytical written arguments on specific subject areas.

  3. Working individually, developing their own ideas on lecture and reference materials and seminars.

  4. Collecting, organising, presenting and interpreting a range of alternative arguments.

  5. The use of library text, internet and electronic information technology resources in research for written and seminar work.


How the module will be assessed




4000 words


The opportunity for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 100
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

The module will focus on understanding the nature, role and merits of different policy and practice interventions around the built environment and local economic development. It will begin by introducing students to the challenges facing regeneration practitioners, moving through the different physical, social and economic issues to be addressed in urban development strategies. Topics to be covered will include: the strategic context; stakeholder engagement; governance processes; financing development and implementation


Essential Reading and Resource List

Diamond, J and Liddle, J (2005) Management of Regeneration Abingdon: Routledge


Hague, C., Hague, E. And Bretbach, C. (2011) Regional and Local Economic Development. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Jones and Evans (2008) Urban Regeneration in the UK. London: Sage.


O’Brien, D and Matthews, P (2015) After Urban Regeneration: communities, policy and place Bristol: Policy Press


Perry, M. (2010) Controversies in Local Economic Development: Stories, Strategies, SolutionsAbingdon: Routledge


Pike, A., Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Tomaney, J. (2006) Local and Regional Development.  London: Routledge.


Punter, J (2010) Urban Design and the British Urban Renaissance. Abingdon: Routledge


Roberts, P & Sykes, H (2000) Urban Regeneration: A Handbook  London: Sage


Tallon, A  (2010) Urban Regeneration in the UK  Abingdon: Routledge


Background Reading and Resource List


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