Professor Ian Strange

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Ian became Professor of Spatial Policy and Head of CUDEM in January 2007. CUDEM provides a focus for the research of academics in the Planning, Housing and Human Geography group. Since 2007, projects undertaken for the European Commission, UK government, and regional authorities have delivered agenda-setting research with significant contribution to the academy, policy and practice, while enriching our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching portfolio.

Ian is an experienced and effective communicator and teacher. He has considerable experience of presenting complex ideas and information in both written and spoken form to diverse audiences. Ian has published widely in a variety of formats, often disseminating academic research to a policy-oriented and focused audience. He also has extensive experience of presenting research papers at numerous national and international conferences and seminars, as well as presenting research findings to senior policy makers.

Ian teaches at all levels of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. He has a track record of delivering high quality teaching and learning in the following areas: heritage and conservation policy, urban regeneration, spatial planning, cultural geography, planning history and research methodology. Ian is an experienced supervisor of research at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Current Teaching

  • BA (Hons) Human Geography
  • BA (Hons) Human Geography and Planning
  • MA Town and Regional Planning

Research Interests

Ian's research experience and expertise lies within the areas of urban governance and art, cultural and heritage policy. Research has focused on the nature of urban governance and its relationship to regeneration, and the contribution of the arts, culture and heritage sectors to local regeneration. Ian has undertaken research contracts for the ESRC, European Commission, UK Government departments, cultural and arts organizations and various local and regional authorities. His research networks are wide ranging and have been established through regular participation in research projects at local, regional, national and international scales. These involve working with regional planners through participation in the RTPI Yorkshire Conference Series, involvement with Roberts Knight Leeds Met (RKL) consultancy on public art projects, participation in EPSRC/ESRC research cluster on values in the historic environment, and extensive work on European spatial development policy through the European Spatial Planning and Observation Network (ESPON) projects. Overall, Ian is a research active scholar with numerous publications, conference papers, research reports and other publications.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (5)

Books (1)

  • Davoudi S; Strange I ed. (2008) Conceptions of Space and Place in Strategic Spatial Planning. RTPI Library Series, no.17 London: Routledge.

Chapters (4)

  • Strange I; Usher D (2010) Evaluation of Public Art - Frameworks, Logic Models and Emerging Impact. In: Devins D; Long P; Koutsoukos S A Collection of Essays on Place, Skills and Governance in the Yorkshire and Humber Region. Leeds, UK: Leeds Metropolitan University, pp. 35-44.
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  • Walley E; Strange IR (2009) Heritage and Cultural Tourism in Yorkshire. In: Thomas R Managing Regional Tourism. Ilkley: Great Northern Books Ltd, pp. 174-186.
  • Long JA; Strange I (2009) Mission or Pragmatism? Cultural Policy in Leeds Since 2000. In: Bramham P; Wagg S Sport, Leisure and Culture in the Postmodern City. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. .
  • Davoudi S; Strange IAD (2009) Space and Place in twentieth-century planning: an analytical framework and historical overview. In: Davoudi S; Strange I Conceptions of Space and Place in Strategic Spatial Planning. London: Routledge, pp. 35.