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Dr Neil Evans

About Dr Neil Evans

Dr Neil Evans is a Senior Lecturer in human geography and planning in the School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett University.

Neil's doctoral research concerned 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 fifteen-month period in 1997/98, based at the University of Kobe, conducting case study research in several districts in the Kobe area that were devastated by the earthquake.

After joining the CUDEM research team as a Research Fellow in December 2001, Neil initially worked on a three-year 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 urban policies. From 2006 to 2007 he was Project Manager for a study conducted jointly by CUDEM and ERBEDU for the European Parliament: "The Possibilities of Success of the Sustainable Communities Approach and its Implementation". Other clients have included the North West Europe Interreg IIIB Programme Secretariat, the Countryside Agency and the Arts Council England.

Neil has been a Senior Lecturer since 2007 and was Course Leader for the BA Human Geography and Planning course from 2009 until 2012, and since September 2015 joint Course Leader for the same course.

Current Teaching

Neil teaches mainly on:

  • BA Human Geography
  • BA Human Geography and Planning


  • MA Urban and Regional Planning
  • BA Housing Studies

Currently Module Leader for:

  • Dissertation (for BA Human Geography / Human Geography and Planning)
  • East Asia: Urban and Social Contexts
  • Placemaking
  • Research Methods
  • Sustainable Places

Research Interests

As a follow-up to a workshop and symposium organised by the National Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield, entitled "Japan's Regional Society: Community Sustainability under Demographic Shrinkage", Neil was recently involved with the "Shrinking Regions Research Group" in contributing a European perspective on regional demographic shrinkage to provide the context for a recent book focussing on demographic decline in Japan.

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