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Duncan Bowie has extensive experience of spatial planning and housing strategy practice, having worked for the Mayor of London, the Association of London Government, the Housing Corporation, the London Docklands Development Corporation and the London boroughs of Newham and Lambeth. He joined the University of Westminster in September 2010, having for the three previous years been Reader in Urban Planning and Regeneration at London Metropolitan University. He has published in professional journals on spatial planning and housing issues and published three books: a book on planning and housing in London under the Mayoralty of Ken Livingstone ( People, Planning and Homes in a World City Routledge 2010) a book on planning history (The Radical and Socialist Tradition in British Planning : From Puritan Colonies to Garden Cities Routledge 2016) and Roots of the British Socialist Movement ( Socialist History Society 2014)
Duncan convenes the Highbury Group on Housing and the Credit Crunch, which is a practitioner/academic policy forum. He is a member of the policy council of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and is also a member of the executive committees of the London Society, the Socialist History Society and the London Labour Housing Group. He is reviews editor of an independent political journal, Chartist. He is a member of the RTPI/ CiH affordable housing network.
Duncan is course leader for the MA Urban and Regional Planning, He teaches the Housing and public finance module for MA Housing Practice and also contributes to MA Urban Design, MA International Planning and Sustainable Development and the BSc Property and Urban Development. He also contributes to the Introduction to Planning short course.
Duncan has a number of research interests including spatial planning in London, , planning and housing supply and development economics and planning history.
He has carried out research projects for the London Assembly on the implementation of planning and housing in London. Since 2008, he has been convenor of the Highbury Group on Housing Delivery, a practitioner/academic research and policy development network on housing supply which meets regularly and has published policy statements and briefings. see
Between 2011 and 2014 he ran a series of public London research seminars on Built Environment topics.