Professor Dave Valler

BA (Hons) Economics (East Anglia); PhD University of Cardiff 1994

Professor of Spatial Planning

School of the Built Environment


I am Professor of Spatial Planning and Research Lead in the School of the Built Environment. I also coordinate the School's Planning, Policy and Governance research group. I'm a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association and I currently chair the London and South East branch of the RSA.

Areas of expertise

  • Spatial Planning;
  • Local and Regional Economic Development;
  • Urban Theory and Politics;
  • Sub-national Governance and Policy.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Module lead for:

  • Strategic Planning and Policy (u/g)
  • Contemporary Debates in Design, Planning and Development (u/g)
  • Mediating Change: Governance, Politics and Social Actors (u/g)
  • Regeneration and Redevelopment (u/g)
  • Planning Frameworks (p/g)

I also contribute in other modules as appropriate.


I have research interests in a range of fields encompassing Spatial Planning, Local and Regional Economic Development, Urban Theory and Politics, and Sub-national Governance and Policy.

Research grants and awards

Examples of recent projects:

  • DLUHC Stakeholder collaboration, research and engagement for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Spatial Framework Project coordinator for the Arc Universities Group, October 2021-January 2022.
  • The Leverhulme Trust: Global Science Scapes: Dimensions of Transnationalism Network Lead, with partners at University College London, Stanford University, National Taiwan University, Korea University, University of Twente and National University of Singapore, September 2014 - February 2017. Project website available at
  • RTPI South East Branch The Past in the future: the role of planning cultures and legacies in delivering growth in the South East September 2014 - July 2015. Primary Investigator, with Prof N.Phelps, UCL.
  • DCLG Research into Attitudes and Behaviour towards the New Homes Bonus January 2014 - April 2014, Co-investigator with partners at the University of Sheffield, Herriot-Watt University and Hannah Hickman Consultancy.
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation Planning obligations: what factors deliver affordable homes and what alternatives are there? September 2013-June 2014, Co-investigator, with Sue Brownill (PI), Yougha Cho, Ramin Keivani
  • RTPI (SPIRE) Delivering growth? Planning and growth management in the South East August-November 2013. Primary Investigator, with Prof N.Phelps, UCL
  • RICS Education Trust Planning for growth in the South East: Pilot study of ‘Science Vale UK, Oxfordshire’ July 2011-June 2012. PI, with Prof. N.Phelps, UCL

Centres and institutes



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Regional Studies Association
  • Chair of RSA London and South East branch