Dr Peter Lee BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Peter Lee

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Peter’s research and teaching focuses on the relationship between people and place based social exclusion, how policies are designed to reduce exclusion and increase competitiveness whilst reconciling the uneven trajectory and function of places.

He has led on a number of housing market, regeneration and planning related research and consultancy projects for a diverse range of clients and funding bodies including the Department for Communities and Local Government, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK), the Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Commission and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

In addition Peter has worked on a number of consultative projects for regional agencies, local authorities and third sector agencies across the UK including the West Midlands and North East regional assemblies, Sheffield and Leeds City Regions and Liverpool and Birmingham City Councils. He was instrumental in delivering the current West Midlands Regional Housing Strategy and Birmingham City Council’s Housing Strategy and his research informed the establishment of the £2 billion Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder Programme (2003-2011). 

His recent collaborative research with Waseda and Toyohashi University in Japan has focused on resilience in the context of post-Fukushima planning responses and interventions designed to address sudden shock events in the context of long-term population shrinkage. His current research in the context of the UK and Europe is examining resilient policy responses to low demand and population shrinkage (3SRECIPE: JPI Urban Europe ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures; €1,7m 2017-2020), social justice and housing strategy (Democratic Foundations of the Just City, SNSF to 2020) and action research for the purpose of developing a collaborative model of sustainable development with local communities affected by large-scale urban transformation projects (USE-IT!: ERDF, Urban Innovative Actions; €3.64m 2016-2019).


  • BSc (Hons.) Bristol University
  • MSc (distinction) Computing Science University of York
  • Ph.D University of Birmingham  


Dr. Lee leads or contributes to the following modules:

  • Research Methods (Postgraduate)
  • Urban Regeneration and Renewal (Postgraduate)
  • Understanding Neighbourhood Poverty (Undergraduate)

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Lee supervises doctoral research students in the following areas:

Neighbourhood Trajectories and social exclusion
Housing markets and strategy
Urban planning and regeneration
Futures, foresight techniques and neighbourhoods
Low carbon planning and regeneration strategies

Other activities

  • Member of organising and development committee for West Midlands Futures (2010~)
  • Member of Audit Commission’s Housing Markets best practice advisory panel (2007-08)
  • Seconded head of research and strategic intelligence, Birmingham City Council, Housing Department (2003-2004)
  • Member of Joseph Rowntree Foundation housing investment and neighbourhood change Steering Group  (2005-2007)
  • Member of Numeric Date Sets in Teaching and Learning Task-Force (ESRC/JISC) (2000-2003)
  • Member of deprivation and housing satisfaction JRF Steering Group  (1998-1999)
  • Inaugural Chair Moseley Forum, Birmingham (1998-2000)


Recent publications


Coaffee, J & Lee, P 2016, Urban resilience: planning for risk, crisis and uncertainty. Planning, Environment, Cities, 1st edn, Red Globe Press. <http://www.macmillanihe.com/t/9781137288820/>

Lee, P & Ferrari, E 2010, Building Sustainable Housing Markets. Chartered Institute of Housing.


Lee, P 2018, 'An evolutionary approach to regional housing resilience: the role of agency and the ‘epistemic community'', Housing Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2018.1523374

Lee, P, Mykhnenko, V & Asano, J 2018, 'Study on reconstruction from a natural disaster and the progress of urban shrinkage: the case of the eruption disaster of Mt. Unzen-Fugendake, Shimabara, Japan', Urban and Regional Planning Review, vol. 5, pp. 135-152. https://doi.org/10.14398/urpr.5.135

Lee, P 2013, 'Housing Market Renewal: Evidence of Revanchism or a Response to ‘Passive Revanchism’ Supporting ‘Citizenship of Place’?', Housing Studies, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 1117-1132. https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2013.803518

Kennedy, C, Theodoropoulos, G, Sorge, V, Ferrari, E, Lee, P & Skelcher, C 2011, 'Data Driven Simulation to Support Model Building in the Social Sciences', Journal of Algorithms & Computational Technology, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 561-582. https://doi.org/10.1260/1748-3018.5.4.561

Trickett, L & Lee, P 2010, 'Leadership of 'subregional' places in the context of growth', Policy Studies, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 429-440. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442871003723358

Lee, P 2010, 'Outer Estates. On the edge: a collection of articles looking at how housing estates on the peripheries can be transformed', New Start, pp. 47-49.

Chapain, C & Lee, P 2009, '"Editorial - Can we plan the creative knowledge city? Perspectives from Western and Eastern Europe." In "Can we plan the creative knowledge city?"', Built Environment, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 157-164.

Lee, P, Burfitt, JA & Tice, AJ 2009, 'The Creative Economy and Social Sustainability: Planning for Opportunity and Growth', Built Environment, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 267-280. https://doi.org/10.2148/benv.35.2.267

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Alhamoudi, A & Lee, P 2018, Smart Growth and Real Estate Development in Saudi Arabia. in S Wilkinson, T Dixon, N Miller & S Sayce (eds), Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Real Estate. Routledge, pp. 370-380. <https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Sustainable-Real-Estate/Wilkinson-Dixon-Miller-Sayce/p/book/9781138655096>


Lee, P, Malpass, R & Rowlands, R 2010, Competitiveness and social exclusion: The importance of place and rescaling in housing and regeneration policies. in Housing, Markets and Policy.


Liu, X & Lee, P 2008, 'City region competitiveness and housing: spatial and statistical analysis', Proceedings of International Forum on Metropolitan Regions Development, 1/01/08 pp. 134-137.

Commissioned report

Trickett, L, Rowlands, R, Lee, P & Liu, X 2009, Assessing the potential for integrated strategic working in the region. Not Known.

Kyung, S, Barber, A, Groves, R, Lee, P, Trickett, L, Watson, C & Weingaertner-Kohlscheen, C 2009, The development of urban regeneration policy in the United Kingdom. vol. Stage 2, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham.

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