CPT892: Urban and Regional Development in Practice

School Cardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department Code GEOPL
Module Code CPT892
External Subject Code K421
Number of Credits 20
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader DR Brian Webb
Semester Spring Semester
Academic Year 2017/8

How the module will be assessed


30% contribution

Baseline report

1,200 words



70% contribution

Final economic development strategy

2,800 words


The opportunity for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered through a series of theory based lectures supported by presentations given by urban and regional development practitioners from the public and private sector. A limited number of workshop sessions will also supplement some lectures and provide a forum for assessment support and guidance.

Outline Description of Module

Regions and cities the world over currently face immense pressures to change land uses and adapt to wide-ranging economic, environmental and social pressures. Pressures of competition and globalisation have led to the decay and decline of traditional production-based industries and seen the growth of new, more high-tech service sectors and cultural businesses. Many places are thus being forced to re-invent themselves and rise to the multiple challenges of finding new ways of using the urban and industrial landscape, finding new forms of work and sources of income for local people, and developing new place identities and images to attract business investment, visitors and talented, creative people. As a result, regeneration strategies which once focused upon reconfiguring the physical fabric of run-down areas are having to become much broader and wider and to encompass the economic, social and cultural transformation of towns, cities and regions. Similarly, local economic development approaches are broadening with traditional strategies for business competitiveness and place marketing being applied alongside more novel approaches based around the development of social enterprises and initiatives encouraging more locally embedded, sustainable business activities. This raises a number of challenges for the design and delivery of urban regeneration policies and strategies. Understanding these challenges and different ways and means by which they may be addressed is thus the principal focus of this module.

The module will focus on understanding the nature, role and merits of different policy and practice interventions around the built environment and local economic development. To achieve this, it will combine insights from academic theory and practice-based perspectives on contemporary regeneration strategies, projects and economic development policies and initiatives drawn from both the UK and international experience.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the challenges faced by regeneration practitioners and policy-makers in developing urban and regional regeneration strategies, including the challenges of fragmentation and the imperative to ‘join-up’ outputs and outcomes.
  • Critically analyse the content of regeneration policies and strategies.
  • Assess the relative merits of different economic development mechanisms and interventions.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of economic development strategies.

Skills that will be practised and developed

  1. Ability to assess, critique, and evaluate urban regeneration policy approaches and development strategies
  2. Developing logical, insightful and analytical written arguments on specific subject areas.
  3. Working individually, developing their own ideas on lecture and reference materials and workshops.
  4. Collecting, organising, debating, presenting and interpreting a range of alternative arguments.
  5. The use of library text, internet and electronic information technology resources in research for written and seminar work.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 70 Report - Final Economic Development Strategy N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 30 Baseline Report N/A 1 N/A

Essential Reading and Resource List

Blair, J.P. and Carroll, M.C. (2009) Local Economic Development: Analysis, Practices, and Globalization. London: Sage.

Hague, C., Hague, E. And Bretbach, C. (2011) Regional and Local Economic Development. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Jones and Evans (2008) Urban Regeneration in the UK. London: Sage.

O’Brien, D and Matthews, P (2015) After Urban Regeneration: communities, policy and place Bristol: Policy Press

Pike, A., Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Tomaney, J. (2006/2016) Local and Regional Development.  London: Routledge.

Tallon, A  (2010) Urban Regeneration in the UK  Abingdon: Routledge

Background Reading and Resource List

Syllabus content

The module will focus on understanding the nature, role and merits of different policy and practice interventions around the built environment and economic development. It will begin by introducing students to the key concepts and theories of urban and regional development followed by a discussion of the principles and values, challenges, mechanisms and approaches of analysis, and potential interventions and instruments practitioners would need to consider for delivery of a successful economic development strategy. This is followed by more specific discussions related to community economic development, stakeholder engagement, implementation, limitations, and evaluation approaches.

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