Duncan Bowie

Senior Lecturer

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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)

External Interests

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

https://www.westminster.ac.uk/highbury-group-on-housing-delivery

Between 2011 and 2014 he ran a series of public London research seminars on Built Environment topics.

2017

Housing and planning politics after the general election (2017)
Bowie, Duncan 2017. Housing and planning politics after the general election. Planning in London. 102, pp. 16-17.
The Mayor's New Approach to Affordable Housing (2017)
Bowie, Duncan 2017. The Mayor's New Approach to Affordable Housing. Planning in London. 100, pp. 45-46.
Grenfell Fire: an indictment of government (2017)
Bowie, Duncan 2017. Grenfell Fire: an indictment of government. Chartist. 287, p. 19.

2016

Affordable housing targets, housing zones and viability (2016)
Bowie, Duncan 2016. Affordable housing targets, housing zones and viability. Town and Country Planning. 85 (8), pp. 320-323.
Strategic planning in the London Metropolitan Region (2016)
Bowie, Duncan 2016. Strategic planning in the London Metropolitan Region. Town and Country Planning. 85 (8), pp. 304-306.
Beyond the Compact City (2016)
Bowie, Duncan 2016. Beyond the Compact City. Planning in London. 97, pp. 59-70.
London: Still a Labour City (2016)
Bowie, Duncan 2016. London: Still a Labour City. Chartist. 280.
Revisiting the Land Issue (2016)
Bowie, Duncan 2016. Revisiting the Land Issue. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal. 9 (2), pp. 115-121.

2015

Responding to Challenges of London's Growth (2015)
Bowie, Duncan 2015. Responding to Challenges of London's Growth. Planning in London. 93, pp. 23-33.
The challenge to the compact city approach (2015)
Bowie, Duncan 2015. The challenge to the compact city approach. Town & Country Planning. 84 (1), pp. 15-19.
The challenge to the compact city approach (2015)
Bowie, Duncan 2015. The challenge to the compact city approach. Town & Country Planning. 84 (1), pp. 19-23.
City villages: the wrong solution to London's housing crisis (2015)
Bowie, Duncan 2015. City villages: the wrong solution to London's housing crisis. Planning in London. 93, pp. 11-12.
The London Plan Review and the future of London (2015)
Bowie, Duncan 2015. The London Plan Review and the future of London. Planning in London. 93, pp. 51-52.

2014

Review of Bernstock: Olympic housing (2014)
Bowie, Duncan 2014. Review of Bernstock: Olympic housing. Planning in London. 90, p. 62.
Radical opposition to World War 1 (2014)
Bowie, Duncan 2014. Radical opposition to World War 1. Ethical Record. 119 (10), pp. 4-9.
Revisiting the land issue (2014)
Bowie, Duncan 2014. Revisiting the land issue. Housing Quality Network: evidence. 12, pp. 2-3.

2012

The future of London (2012)
Bowie, Duncan 2012. The future of London. Town & Country Planning. 91 (11), pp. 520-522.
The Mayor's housing strategy and the London plan amendments (2012)
Bowie, Duncan 2012. The Mayor's housing strategy and the London plan amendments. Planning in London. 80, pp. 18-19.

2010

Capital housing questions for the Mayor (2010)
Bowie, Duncan 2010. Capital housing questions for the Mayor. Town and Country Planning. 79 (11), pp. 494-496.
Investment and implementation: keys to a national framework (2010)
Bowie, Duncan 2010. Investment and implementation: keys to a national framework. Town and Country Planning. 79 (4), pp. 171-173.
Prescription for a better London? (2010)
Bowie, Duncan 2010. Prescription for a better London? Town and Country Planning. 79 (1), pp. 23-26.
Planning in an age of austerity (2010)
Bowie, Duncan 2010. Planning in an age of austerity. Planning in London. 80, pp. 37-38.

2009

Space standards and the Mayor's housing design guide (2009)
Howe Michael and Bowie, Duncan 2009. Space standards and the Mayor's housing design guide. Planning in London. 71, pp. 20-22.
Where should the London plan go now? (2009)
Bowie, Duncan 2009. Where should the London plan go now? Planning in London. 70, pp. 26-27.
The credit crunch and housing in London (2009)
Bowie, Duncan 2009. The credit crunch and housing in London. Planning in London. 69, pp. 39-40.
The new Mayor's housing strategy (2009)
Bowie, Duncan 2009. The new Mayor's housing strategy. Planning in London. 68, pp. 7-8.

2008

Housing delivery and sustainable communities (2008)
Bowie, Duncan 2008. Housing delivery and sustainable communities. Planning in London. 66, pp. 20-21.
Quantity and quality: who are we building for? (2008)
Bowie, Duncan 2008. Quantity and quality: who are we building for? Planning in London. 65, pp. 20-23.

2017

Managing a Tower Block (2017)
Bowie, Duncan 2017. Managing a Tower Block. London

2017

The Dilemmas of Metropolitan City Growth in the London Region (2017)
Bowie, Duncan 2017. The Dilemmas of Metropolitan City Growth in the London Region. European Network for Housing Research. Tirana, Albania 04 to end of 07 Sep 2017 European Network for Housing Research.

2016

Housing and Planning in London under the Conservative Government: Spatial impacts, social polarisation, sustainable development and social justice (2016)
Bowie, Duncan 2016. Housing and Planning in London under the Conservative Government: Spatial impacts, social polarisation, sustainable development and social justice. European Network for Housing Research Conference. Belfast 27 Jun 2016 to end of 01 Jul 2016 European Network for Housing Research.

2014

The challenges of London’s growth: strategic planning and the failures of governance in the Greater South East (2014)
Bowie, Duncan 2014. The challenges of London’s growth: strategic planning and the failures of governance in the Greater South East. Policy & Politics Conference 2014: the challenges of leadership and collaboration in the 21st century. Marriott Hotel, College Green, Bristol 16 Sep 2014

2012

Review of Mayoral planning decisions (2012)
Bowie, Duncan 2012. Review of Mayoral planning decisions. Meeting of the London Assembly Planning and Housing Committee. London, UK 13 March 2012

2011

The impact of the localism agenda on strategic planning in London (2011)
Bowie, Duncan 2011. The impact of the localism agenda on strategic planning in London. Regional Studies Association (RSA) Conference - Localism: Sufficient and fit for purpose?. Manchester, UK 3rd November 2011

2010

The politics of housing development in an age of austerity (2010)
Bowie, Duncan 2010. The politics of housing development in an age of austerity. European Network for Housing Research Conference (ENHR). Istanbul, Turkey 04-07 July 2010

2009

Government and property market failure: the political and ideological origins of the property market downturn (2009)
Bowie, Duncan 2009. Government and property market failure: the political and ideological origins of the property market downturn. ISA Housing Conference. Glasgow, Scotland 01-04 Sept 2009
The impact of the market downturn on housing policy in England - a London case study (2009)
Bowie, Duncan 2009. The impact of the market downturn on housing policy in England - a London case study. European Network for Housing Research Conference (ENHR). Prague, Czech Republic 28 June - 01 July 1999

2008

Density, housing mix and space standards of new housing development in London (2008)
Bowie, Duncan 2008. Density, housing mix and space standards of new housing development in London. RIBA Space at Home seminar. London 23 September 2008
Failure of promise? Planning for housing under the Mayor of London (2000-2008) (2008)
Bowie, Duncan 2008. Failure of promise? Planning for housing under the Mayor of London (2000-2008). European Network for Housing Research conference. Dublin 6th - 9th July 2008

2017

Radical solutions to the housing supply crisis (2017)
Bowie, Duncan 2017. Radical solutions to the housing supply crisis. Bristol, UK Policy Press.

2016

The Radical and Socialist Tradition in British Planning: From Puritan Colonies to Garden Cities (2016)
Bowie, Duncan 2016. The Radical and Socialist Tradition in British Planning: From Puritan Colonies to Garden Cities. London Routledge.

2014

Our history: roots of the British Socialist movement (2014)
Bowie, Duncan 2014. Our history: roots of the British Socialist movement. London Socialist History Society.

2011

The politics of housing development in an age of austerity (2011)
Bowie, Duncan 2011. The politics of housing development in an age of austerity. London The Chartist.

2010

Politics, planning and homes in a world city (2010)
Bowie, Duncan 2010. Politics, planning and homes in a world city. London Routledge.

2016

Response to Government Consultation on proposed planning policy changes (2016)
Bowie, Duncan 2016. Response to Government Consultation on proposed planning policy changes. Highbury Group on Housing Delivery.
Highbury Group Statement on Housing and Planning Bill (2016)
Bowie, Duncan 2016. Highbury Group Statement on Housing and Planning Bill. Highbury Group on Housing Delivery.

2015

Pre-election statement by the Highbury Group on Housing Delivery: policies on housing supply for the next Government (2015)
Bowie, Duncan 2015. Pre-election statement by the Highbury Group on Housing Delivery: policies on housing supply for the next Government. London University of Westminster.

2013

The basis for a Labour Party policy on planning for housing (2013)
Bowie, Duncan 2013. The basis for a Labour Party policy on planning for housing. Newcastle Northumbria University.
Tackling squalor: the pivotal role of social housing (2013)
Bowie, Duncan 2013. Tackling squalor: the pivotal role of social housing. London Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class).
Innovative options for building and refurbishing council homes (2013)
Bowie, Duncan 2013. Innovative options for building and refurbishing council homes. London University of Westminster.

2011

Highbury Group on housing delivery response to CLG consultation on draft national planning policy framework (2011)
Bowie, Duncan 2011. Highbury Group on housing delivery response to CLG consultation on draft national planning policy framework. House of Commons.
Highbury Group on housing delivery: submission to communities and local government committee inquiry into the financing of new housing supply (2011)
Bowie, Duncan 2011. Highbury Group on housing delivery: submission to communities and local government committee inquiry into the financing of new housing supply. House of Commons.
Highbury Group on housing delivery: submission to localism bill committee (2011)
Bowie, Duncan 2011. Highbury Group on housing delivery: submission to localism bill committee. House of Commons.

2010

Measuring housing design and value (2010)
Bowie, Duncan and Atkins Julia 2010. Measuring housing design and value. London London Metropolitan University.

2008

Housing and the credit crunch: government and market failure (2008)
Bowie, Duncan 2008. Housing and the credit crunch: government and market failure. Compass.

2014

A balanced approach to London's housing growth (2014)
Bowie, Duncan 2014. A balanced approach to London's housing growth. in: Manns Jonathan (ed.) Kaleidoscope city: reflections on planning and London London Colliers International. pp. 152-159

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