Professor Jeremy Whitehand DSc

Professor Jeremy Whitehand

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Emeritus Professor of Urban Geography

Contact details

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

Most of Professor Whitehand’s work, including some 200 publications, is on the historical geography and planning of the form of cities. He is Head of the Urban Morphology Research Group (UMRG) in the University of Birmingham, which is the principal centre in the UK for the study of historico-geographical aspects of urban form. The UMRG plays a major role in co-ordinating international research in conjunction with the International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF). Its cross-cultural exploration of ideas on urban form and design guidance is part of an international programme being implemented through international commissions and collaborations with researchers in the Universities of Auckland, Chicago, Florence and Peking. 

In 2002-5, Professor Whitehand was adviser to the International Urban Form Study on 6 World Cities, funded by Seoul Development Institute in conjunction with ISUF, and in 2005-8 he was Planning Adviser to the Government, Shanxi Province, China and Visiting Professor, University of Shanxi.  Invitations to give keynote addresses include the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, Jerusalem, 2006; the Conference on Nordic and International Urban Morphology, Stockholm, 2006; the World Heritage Centre Conference on Historic Urban Landscapes, St Petersburg, 2007; the Sixth International Space Syntax Symposium, Istanbul, 2007; the Expert Workshop of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs of Romania, and UNESCO, Sibiu, Romania, 2008; the Sixteenth International Seminar on Urban Form, Guangzhou, China, 2009; the Eighteenth International Seminar on Urban Form, Montreal, Canada, 2011; the UNESCO Forum on World Heritage Cultural Landscapes in East Asia, Lushan, China, 2013; the Twenty-First International Seminar on Urban Form, Porto, Portugal, 2014; the Second International Seminar on Planning for Sustainable  Urban Form, Karlskrona, Sweden, 2014; and the Twenty-Second International Seminar on Urban Form, Rome, Italy, 2015.

See also the Urban Morphology Research Group website

Qualifications

  • DSc in Geography, University of Reading, 1992
  • PhD in Geography, University of Reading, 1965
  • BA in Geography, University of Reading, 1960

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Birkhamshaw, AJ & Whitehand, J 2012, 'Conzenian urban morphology and the character areas of planners and residents', Urban Design International, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 4-17. https://doi.org/10.1057/udi.2011.22

Whitehand, J 2012, 'Issues in urban morphology', Urban Morphology, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 55-65.

Conzen, MP, Gu, K & Whitehand, J 2012, 'Comparing traditional urban form in China and Europe: a fringe-belt approach', Urban Geography, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 22-45. https://doi.org/10.2747/0272-3638.33.1.22

Whitehand, J 2012, 'Making connections', Urban Morphology, vol. 16, pp. 3-4.

Whitehand, J, Gu, K, Whitehand, SM & Zhang, J 2011, 'Urban morphology and conservation in China', Cities, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 171-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2010.12.001

Whitehand, J, Gu, K & Whitehand, SM 2011, 'Fringe belts and socioeconomic change in China', Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, vol. 38, pp. 41-60. https://doi.org/10.1068/b36104

Whitehand, J 2011, 'Learning the language of urban morphology', Urban Morphology, vol. 15, pp. 95-96.

Whitehand, J 2011, 'Positioning Urban Morphology', Urban Morphology, vol. 15, pp. 3-4.

Whitehand, J & Gu, K 2010, 'Conserving Urban Landscape Heritage: a Geographical Approach', Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences, vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 6948-6953. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.05.047

Whitehand, J 2010, 'Minding the gaps: linking different approaches to built-form studies', Journal of Space Syntax, vol. 1, pp. 361-363.

Whitehand, J 2010, 'The problem of separate worlds', Urban Morphology, vol. 14, pp. 83-84.

Whitehand, J 2010, 'Urban landscapes as ensembles', Urban Morphology, vol. 14, pp. 3-4.

Chapter

Whitehand, J, Song, F, Xu, L, Hou, A, Zhang, J & Wang, J 2011, Foreword. in MRG Conzen: Chengzhen pingmian geju fenxi: Nuosenbolan Annike anli yanjiu (Alnwick, Northumberland: a study in town-plan analysis), III-V.

Abstract

Gu, K, Whitehand, J & Whitehand, SM 2010, 'Urban landscape characterisation and conservation: an application in China', Seventeenth Conference: International Seminar on Urban Form, Hamburg and Lubeck, Germany, 20-23 August.

Gu, K, Whitehand, J & Whitehand, SM 2010, 'Urban landscape characterization and conservation: an application in China' Seventeenth Conference: International Seminar on Urban Form, 1/01/10, .

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