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Professor Alan Townsend


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Professor of Department of Geography  


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Research interests

  • regional development and affairs
  • regeneration
  • planning studies
  • the changing geography of employment
  • unemployment and industry


Chapter in book

  • N. Coe & A.R. Townsend (2002). The spatial configuration of inter-firm networks in producer services agglomerations. In Global competition and local networks. Ashgate. 280-312.

Journal Article

  • Townsend, A (2004). Piggy-backing Planners risk fall. Newstart 16.
  • Townsend, A & Townsend, J (2004). Accountability, motivation and practice: NGOs North and South. Social and Cultural Geography 5(2): 271-284.
  • J. Liddle & A.R. Townsend (2003). Reflections on the development of local strategic Partnerships: key emerging issues. Local Governance 29(1): 37-54.
  • J. Tully & A.R. Townsend (2003). The legacy of the development corporations: from heavy engineering to call centres. Northern Economic Review (33/34): 80-95.
  • A.R. Townsend (2003). Build a professional bridge; planning and the recruitment process in regeneration. Planning
  • A.R. Townsend (2002). Public speaking rights, members and officers in a planning committee. Planning Practice and Research 17(1): 59-68.
  • A.R. Townsend (2002). Contradictions in planning education. Planning Practice and Research 14: 21.
  • A.R. Townsend (2001). Diversification de las salidas profesionales para los geografos y las geografas en el Reino Unido. Documents d'Analisi Geografica 39: 57-74.
  • B. Thomas & A.R. Townsend (2001). New trends in the growth of tourism employment in the UK in the 1990's. Tourism Economics 7: 295-310.


  • Townsend, A & Tully, J (2004). Public participation in the revised Planning system.
  • Townsend, A & Tully, J (2004). Cities, City Regions and the Changing Geography of Business Offices - Revised report.
  • Townsend, A & Tully, J (2003). The Teesdale Business Park Impact Study.
  • Townsend, A & Tully, J (2003). South Tyneside Enterprise Partnership (STEP), Single Regeneration Budget: Combined Programme, Independent Evaluation 2001-2002, with Centre for Public Policy, Northumbria University.
  • Townsend, A & Tully, J (2003). The legacy of long-term economic change between and within cities.
  • Townsend, A & Southern, A (2003). Evaluation of Connect@Sunderland.
  • Townsend, A & Tully, J (2003). Cities, City Regions and the Changing Geography of Business Offices.