Centre for Urban Development & Environmental Management

Kevin Thomas

Kevin Thomas


BSc (Hons) Town Planning, University of Aston
MPhil (by Research) Council for National Academic Awards Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI)


Senior Lecturer


Kevin's practitioner experience includes spells in economic development with West Midlands Metropolitan County Council and local action area planning in Birmingham and Coventry. He has undertaken applied policy research in the fields of local and regional governance and regeneration, labour markets and in aspects of spatial planning for a variety of EU, UK and  regional agencies.

Research interests

Kevin is especially interested in strategic spatial scales and in city-region level policy responses. Issues of city and city region level sustainability in the context of emerging climate change and economic and social pressures are a particular focus of interest. The urban periphery represents an interesting and challenging arena for working out some of these responses and offers opportunities for promising policy interventions.

Kevin's recent involvement in green spaces issues includes working with multi-regional EU Interreg projects on urban periphery planning, on the 'countryside in and around towns' and on green infrastructure for the Countryside Agency, England. He has presented papers on these themes in Vienna, Naples, Den Haag, Liverpool and Paris. He is especially interested in how green spaces can be networked and governed in an era of both environmental crisis (e.g. Climate Change) and dynamic urban growth and competition. Kevin currently manages CUDEM's contribution to the Interreg IV SURF (Sustainable Urban Fringes) project.

Recent publications

Thomas, K
. & Littlewood, S. (forthcoming) 'From Green Belts to Green Infrastructure? The evolution of a new concept in the emerging soft governance of spatial strategies', Planning Practice and Research, (Special Issue on Green Belts).

Littlewood, S. & Thomas, K. (2010) 'A European programme for skills to deliver sustainable communities: Recent steps towards developing a discourse', European Planning Studies, 18 (3) 467-484.

Carver, S., Littlewood, S. & Thomas, K. (2007) Mapping the green infrastructure of Yorkshire and the Humber; Linking urban and rural areas through green corridors,  Regional Review, 17 (1)

Carver, S., Littlewood, S. & Thomas, K. (2006) The Countryside In and Around Towns: The Green Infrastructure of Yorkshire and the Humber, the Countryside Agency.  

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