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School of Geography

Gordon Mitchell Dr Gordon Mitchell

Contact details

Room Miall Building Room 101.5
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 36721

Student hours:
I have an open door policy, so all hours are available; however you are strongly encouraged to email

Work in progress

Current projects

ReVISIONS: Regional Visions of Infrastucture and Sustainability In Outer NeighbourhoodS. EPSRC SUE environment programme (2008-2103).  Joint with the universities of Cambridge, Exeter, Surrey, Newcastle, and Aberdeen.

Cities have developed spatially to facilitate economic growth and lifestyle aspirations but at the expense of increasing rates of consumption of resources and the production of waste and carbon emissions. The global population living in urban areas will double by 2050 according to United Nations projections. There is clearly an imperative to understand how to plan urban areas to be more sustainable. To gain a full understanding of urban areas they need to be researched within a regional context using a integrated multi disciplinary method. The research involves in-depth regional case studies, carried out in partnership with government agencies and other stakeholders, for systematically testing the effectiveness of alternative design and development strategies for year 2031, and beyond. The combined role of green technology (e.g. for renewable energy, water conservation) and urban form is a key focus of this research supported with a £3.8m grant from the the EPSRC as part of the Sustainable Urban Environment programme.

SOLUTIONS is a major EPSRC funded project (£2.75M) that seeks to produce generic guidance for the planning of socially inclusive, economically efficient and environmentally sustainable cities, with a particular focus on peri-urban areas that experience high growth pressure. A series of in-depth, integrated case studies is underway in four cities representing different urban characteristics and scales. The interaction between city and neighbourhood levels is addressed, with close attention to transport and urban design issues. Alternative land use dispositions and transport configurations are combined to form distinct archetypes of development at both scales. Alternatives are analysed through a combination of quantitative and qualitative procedures to estimate, through time, the likely outcome in terms of people's opportunities and behaviour, and subsequently, the sustainability implications (addressing economic efficiency, social equity implications, and environmental sustainability).

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