Prof Nicholas Bailey

Prof Nicholas Bailey

I am Emeritus Professor of Urban Regeneration and am now retired from the University. I qualified as a Town Planner and am a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. I taught postgraduate students and contributed to training programmes for research students in the Faculty. I devised and launched one of the first UK Masters programmes in Urban Regeneration in 1997. As faculty research director, I took the lead in the submission of the unit of assessment for Architecture, Planning and the Built Environment in the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.

I have published widely including a book on 'Partnership Agencies in British Urban Policy' and articles in journals such as Urban Studies, the Journal of Urbanism, Local Government Studies, Environment and Planning C, and several book chapters.

External Activities

I was Chair of the RTPI Partnership Board for Sheffield Hallam University until 2015 and a member of the Westminster RTPI Partnership Board.  I have been an External Examiner at West of England, Oxford Brookes, Liverpool Hope, Heriot-Watt and Dundee Universities. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was a member of the BURA Awards Panel for Community-Inspired Regeneration. 

I have examined PhDs at at least ten universities in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.

I am on the editorial board of Urban, Planning & Transport Research and the Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal. I have evaluated book proposals for a number of publishers and assessed research proposals for the Economic and Social Research Council and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council.

I provide planning and regeneration advice to a number of community organisations particularly on the preparation of neighbourhood plans.

I was actively involved in carrying out research and consultancy for a variety of clients in the public and charitable sectors. My particular research interests include local governance, community engagement, social enterprise and partnership working in regeneration strategies.

I have carried out a number of consultancy projects for local authorities, such as Brighton & Hove Council, and ran a customised training programme on economic development and regeneration for SEEDA. From 2006-08 I ran a major research project on creating and sustaining mixed tenure communities for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation with Anna Haworth, Dr Tony Manzi and Professor Marion Roberts. This led to the publication of good practice guides for England and Scotland and other reports.

I have assisted in evaluating the Stockwell Partnership Urban II project in Lambeth and developing a forward strategy and an evaluation of neighbourhood management in the City of Westminster [with Madeleine Pill]. In 2011 I worked with Dr Ian Sesnan in developing an action plan for setting up a trust to manage the Wandle Valley Regional Park in South London. In 2015 I worked with Dr Tony Manzi and Ian Simpson on an evaluation of resident involvement in the Amicus Horizon Housing Association funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The final report was launched in the Houses of Parliament in March 2015.

I was principal investigator on  an international project on the role of community-based social enterprises in relation to regeneration strategies in England, the Netherlands and Sweden. This was funded by Power to Change and was carried out in collaboration with the Delft University of Technology and the University of Stockholm. A final report was published in 2018 available at

 I have supervised four PhD research students to successful completion. Most recently:

William Fullford. Spatial characteristics that create and sustain functional encounters: A new three-layered model for unpacking how street markets support urbanity. Awarded in 2017.

Orna Rosenfeld successfully completed her PhD on Housing Market Renewal Areas in 2012 and in 2021 received an award from the British Council for global social impact.

In brief

Research areas

Regeneration; community participation; social enterprise

Skills / expertise

research, analysis, report writing