Dr Gethin Davison

BA (Hons) Geography; MA Town Planning; PhD

Senior Lecturer in Planning

School of the Built Environment

Gethin Davison


I am an interdisciplinary teacher and researcher with a background in human geography, planning, urban design and housing. Prior to taking up my current position at Oxford Brookes University, I was a Senior Lecturer in City Planning at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. I have also worked as a planner in both the public and private sectors.

My research is situated at the intersection of planning, design and development, and has most recently focused on the governance of design in Sydney. To date, I have been a Lead or Chief Investigator on research grants worth more than AU$1.6m. I have also taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in planning, urban design and research design, and have received many awards for the quality of my courses and curriculum development work. 

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Planning Frameworks: Law, Policy and Professional Practice
  • Place Making

I am currently the Subject Coordinator (course lead) for Spatial Planning at Oxford Brookes. I also lead the Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship.


I am responsible for supervising postgraduate and undergraduate research on a range of topics relating to planning, design, housing and development.


I have been involved in many major research projects examining issues relating to the intersection of planning, design, housing and development. My most recent research outputs are focused on the governance of design and the experiences of residents living in apartment buildings. 




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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

I am a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Further details

Here are links to my Google Scholar and ORCID profiles where you can find details of all my publications.