Geography, Housing and Planning

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Human Geography will challenge your ideas about the world around us

Study a range of contemporary themes including globalisation, migration, identity, social justice and the diversity of human living. Build your skills in developing sustainable communities and responding to urban challenges by learning how to make cities better places to live and work.

You will have the chance to study abroad, volunteer internationally, be involved in live research projects and go on international field trips. Our students have visited Russia, Lithuania, France, Germany and Spain. These trips will enable you to evaluate the implementation of spatial, cultural, economic and environmental policies, to gain an awareness of cultural differences and to develop a range of transferable skills to take with you after graduation. You will also take part in multiple local field trips within the Leeds region and throughout the north of England.

The Leeds Planning School

The Leeds Planning School is the only RTPI accredited Planning School in Leeds and the surrounding city-region and we have been delivering planning courses since 1934. Our distinctive suite of planning courses includes the professionally accredited Masters in Town & Regional Planning, the MA Housing Regeneration & Urban Management and MA Urban Design, the Postgraduate Certificate in UK Planning Law & Practice, a four year integrated Planning Masters and a BA Human Geography and Planning.

Leeds Beckett Planning Society

The Planning Society for all Planning, Housing and Human Geography students to broaden their knowledge and extend their network of professional contacts through guest speakers, Q&A events, walking tours and social events. The Planning Society is entirely student organised and managed. We also participate in inter-society events such as sports and organise planning-related trips.


100% of students from BA (Hons) Human Geography and Planning in work or further study 15 months after graduating.

source:(Graduate Outcomes 2020)


100% of BA (Hons) Human Geography and Planning students felt staff made the subject interesting.

source:(National Student Survey 2020)


100% of BA (Hons) Human Geography and Planning students were satisfied with their course.

source:(National Student Survey 2020)


97% of BA (Hons) Human Geography students agree that staff are good at explaining things.

source:(National Student Survey 2020)


Course videos

BA (Hons) Human Geography

Hear from Human Geography students, Kate and Scarlett, about what they most enjoyed about studying Human Geography; field trips, student life, and the skills and opportunities the course has given them.

Professional Body Accreditations

The majority of our courses are accredited by professional industry bodies. These accreditations evidence the high quality of our courses and ensure that, through regular re-assessment, our courses remain fully aligned with current industry standards and expectations. You can be confident that you will be studying an up-to-date course which will equip you with both academic knowledge and the hands-on practical skills that employers value.

1What is Human Geography?

The study of people and their communities, cultures, economies, and interactions with the environment by studying their relations with and across space and place.

2What is Housing Studies?

Housing Studies is the study of housing markets, social justice and housing policy developments and focuses on social, economic and political nature of housing, neighbourhoods, communities and action. The course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

3Jobs directly related to degree:

- Town Planner - Environmental Consultant - Local Government Transport and Tourism Adviser - Market Researcher - Urban Planner - Commercial Surveyor - International Development Worker - Sustainable Housing Officer

Featured staff

Dr David Haigh

Dr David Haigh

Head of Subject | 0113 81 27624

David leads the Planning, Housing and Human Geography teaching staff at Leeds Beckett University and teaches into the housing and human geography curriculum. He is a very experienced lecturer and academic team leader with over 20 years of experience in a wide range of professional disciplines such as housing, community economics and urban regeneration. David is motivated by helping students learn and develop broader life skills, delivering high quality, engaging teaching and by developing progressive environment for teams to flourish. David’s goals are to foster excellent research both personally and through partnership and to help students get the best out of their educational experience.

David has been at Leeds Beckett University for over 13 years, before this David had various roles at Leeds City Council including Research Manager, Neighbourhood Planning, Housing and Estate officer and Regeneration team manager.

Personal impact: Professional but engaging and empathetic learning environment through development of confidence and inspiration.

David is an external exa...

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Dr Neil Evans

Dr Neil Evans

Course Director | 0113 81 23232

Dr Neil Evans is a Principal Lecturer and Course Director for the BA Human Geography and BA Human Geography and Planning Courses in the School of Built Environment and Engineering.

Neil's doctoral research was concerned with community participation and capacity building in neighbourhood regeneration in the Japanese inner city, and planning for reconstruction after the 1995 Hanshin (Kobe) Earthquake. This involved a period based at the University of Kobe, conducting case study research in several districts that were devastated by the earthquake.

After joining the CUDEM research team as a Research Fellow in December 2001, Neil initially worked on a ESRC-funded project entitled "Regionalisation and the New Politics of Waste", concerned with how new policy agendas, institutional arrangements and political pressures are influencing strategic planning for the management of municipal solid waste across England.

Neil has since worked on a variety of European-funded projects concerned with spatial planning, including ESPON 2.3.2 concerned with the governance of territorial and...

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Dr Max Hope

Dr Max Hope

Course Director | 0113 8129157

Max is a Principal Lecturer in Human Geography and Planning who joined the School of Built Environment and Engineering from Ulster University in March 2016.

His research and teaching focus on challenges and implications of contemporary environmental change and in particular the role played by informal actors and non-governmental organisations in environmental governance and social transformation. Key issues include natural hazards vulnerability, climate change adaption, ecological citizenship and the links between science, technology and society. He is particularly interested in the relationship between expert-led and community responses to these challenges and related issues of knowledge exchange, co-production and adaptive transformation.

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Dr Andre Pusey

Dr Andre Pusey

Course Director

Andre is a Principal Lecturer and Course Director. He is a critical geographer who works on social movements, urban commons and cities and social justice. He is particularly interested in struggles around higher education and the co-construction of critical pedagogical alternatives.

Andre’s doctoral research, which he completed in 2014, was funded by a prestigious University of Leeds scholarship. It explored efforts by a group called the Really Open University as they attempted to protest against the perceived enclosure of Higher Education through increased tuition fees and marketization, whilst simultaneously experimenting with the collective construction of alternative pedagogical forms.

Andre has given talks in the UK and overseas. He has presented papers and organised panels at numerous conferences, including the Association of American Geographers Annual General Meeting and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference. He has had work published in a range of publications, including international peer-reviewed academic journals, edited bo...

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Dr Karen Horwood

Dr Karen Horwood

Senior Lecturer | 0113 81 29157

Karen is a geographer and planner. She has a particular interest in women and planning, and is convening the Women and Planning in the UK conference May 2019.

Karen's research examines planning policy in relation to the needs of women. She is also interested in the histories of women and planning activity, and how this informs approaches to day and in the future.

Karen is a committee member for Women in Planning Yorkshire Branch and prior to joining Leeds Beckett, Karen worked in regeneration at Leeds City Council.

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"My masters course had a good range of modules, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of planning and it also helped me to develop an interest in the development of Leeds and the local area. At the beginning of my course, I realised I needed some practical work experience so I started working at Rochdale Council as a graduate planner. Studying alongside working in a practical planning role helped me to develop a more holistic understanding of the planning process."

Fraser Dann

Planner, Indigo Planning

BA (Hons) Human Geography & Planning MA Town & Regional Planning

"I enjoyed the diversity of subjects which I covered through Human Geography. The lecturers had a range of skills and interests, so I learnt a lot from each of them in their respective areas. University taught me that the most productive groups include a diverse mix of people, and that the best results come from working with others. Learning to see the bigger picture in this way helps me to see the strategic direction of my work on a daily basis."

Heidi Janaszek

Project Manager, HMRC, Civil Service Fast Stream (Project Delivery Scheme)

BA Human Geography

“After successfully completing my undergraduate degree at Leeds Beckett, staying on to study a masters seemed a natural choice. I’m now confidently moving forward in my career and plan on becoming a licentiate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute after I graduate”

Maria Dychala

Graduate Planner, Peacock & Smith

BA (Hons) Human Geography & Planning MA Town & Regional Planning

"As a disabled person, I wanted to be the voice of disabled people in shaping the inclusive built environment. My course taught me about the creation of sustainable communities, creating inclusive places for people to live, spend time and find jobs. My greatest achievement as a result of my travels and independent research is publishing a book called Headfirst Thrills on Wheels."

Maxwell Muteliso

Accessibility & Disability Inclusion Independent Researcher,

MA Regional & Town Planning


Our research is focused on the production of pure and applied knowledge that contributes to the creation and management of a sustainable built environment.

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