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Professor Paul Lawless

Job title: 
Professor of urban policy, MPhil, MRTPI

Phone 0114 225 3529
E-mail p.l.lawless@shu.ac.uk

Paul Lawless is professor of urban policy and he is the former director of CRESR. He has more than 20 years experience of working within, and researching aspects of, urban regeneration. He has undertaken research projects into a range of regeneration topics including the relationships between transport investment and renewal, labour market analyses, community development and enterprise, etc.

He has received funding from the Department of Environment (DoE), Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR), the Rural Development Council (RDC), the EU, the European Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and the Leverhulme Trust.

Recent projects include a review of the regeneration evidence base and an evaluation of the Groundwork Trust. He is currently heading up the long term evaluation of New Deal for Communities for the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit (NRU).

Research interests

  • urban policy
  • regeneration
  • neighbourhood renewal

Current research projects

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

2005–2009 Phase 2: New Deal for Communities evaluation, Role: Director.

Selected reports (2001 onwards)

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

CRESR (2005) New Deal for Communities 2001-2005: An Interim Evaluation - Research report 17. London, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister/NRU.

Academic publications (2001 onwards)

Beatty, C. and Lawless, P. (2013) Exploring change in local regeneration areas: evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Urban Studies, 50 (5), pp. 942–958.

Lawless, P. and Pearson, S. (2012) Population mobility in regeneration areas: trends, drivers and implications; Evidence from England's New Deal for Communities Programme. Environment and Planning A, 44 (8), pp. 2023 – 2039.

Lawless, P. and Pearson, S. (2012) Outcomes from community engagement in urban regeneration: evidence from England’s New Deal for Communities Programme. Planning Theory and Practice, 13 (4), pp. 509-527.

Lawless, P. (2012) Reconciling 'bottom-up' perspectives with 'top-down' change data in evaluating area regeneration schemes. European Planning Studies, ifirst article. DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.722959.

Lawless, P. (2012) Can area-based regeneration programmes ever work? Evidence from England's New Deal for Communities Programme. Policy Studies, Vol 33, pp. 313-328.

Lawless, P. (2011) Understanding the scale and nature of outcome change in area-regeneration programmes: evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Environment & Planning C: Government & Policy, 29 (3), pp. 520-532.

Foden, M., Grimsley, M., Lawless, P. and Wilson, I. (2010) Linking interventions to outcomes in area regeneration:  the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Town Planning Review, 81 (2), pp. 151-172.

Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P. and Wilson, I. (2010) Understanding area based regeneration: the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Urban Studies, 47 (2), pp. 257–275.

Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P. and Wilson, I. (2010) Area based regeneration partnerships and the role of central government: The New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Policy and Politics, 38 (2), pp. 235-51.

Lawless, P. (2002) Power and Conflict in Pro-growth Regimes: Tensions in Economic Development in Jersey City and Detroit. Urban Studies, 39 (8), pp. 1329-1346.

Lawless, P. (2001) Community economic development in urban and regional regeneration: unfolding potential or justifiable scepticism? Environment and Planning C, 19 (1), pp. 135-155.

Recent conference and seminar papers

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Aspects of neighbourhood policy and change drawing on NDC evaluation to

  • BASW
  • UK Evaluation Society
  • Neighbourhood Renewal Unit
  • the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Glasgow University
  • The Austrian Trades Union Federation, Institute of Economic Development, etc

PhD supervision

Four most recent on

  • Gender and participation in regeneration projects in Sheffield
  • Community engagement in regeneration projects in South Yorkshire
  • Assistance for small firms: rationale and effects
  • Community engagement in urban regeneration projects in Hull and Brazil
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