Glen Rollings

Research Title: A need for space? A study of garden space among medium and high density development in London.
Research Areas: Amenity space, Gardens, Housing, London, Urban design

Director of Studies: Professor Marion Roberts
Second Supervisor: Dr Suzy Nelson
Starting Date and Mode of Study: 2009 Part-Time


Glen is a part-time PhD/MPhil candidate within the Urban Research Group and is in his second year of study. He completed his MA in urban design at the University of Westminster in 2007 (for which he was awarded the Turley Associates Prize for Urban Design) and a BA honours degree in town planning at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. His interests include issues of design in planning policy, the usability of spaces and dwellings and how these can be improved through design interventions (as  well as the phenomenological aspects of such spaces), and regeneration through design.

Thesis Synopsis

Glen’s doctoral research focuses on the development of an understanding of the value of gardens and other private outdoor spaces to London residents. As part of this, he is investigating whether the current statutory provision for such development adequately serves residents, based on their experiences, patterns of use, and expectations.

An outcome of the research will be to determine whether there is an optimal form of private space provision that can be applied to higher density development in London. The study will also examine social issues of providing public or communal space in lieu of private space in areas of higher density development.

Teaching and Employment Interests

Glen currently tutors students taking the MA/PG Diploma Urban Design at the University of Westminster.

Outside of university, Glen is an RTPI chartered planner, a member of the Urban Design Group, and works full time as a planner and urban designer for the Mayor of London. He has more than ten years’ experience working as a planner/designer in private consultancy and local government in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Contact details and further information

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