Patsy Healey

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Patsy Healey
Born (1940-01-01) January 1, 1940 (age 77)
Loughborough, England
Nationality British
Fields Urban planning and Governance
Institutions Newcastle University

Patsy Healey OBE FBA FAcSS (née Ingold; born 1 January 1940) is a British urban planner. She is professor emeritus at Global Urban Research Unit in the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, at Newcastle University. She is a specialist in planning theory and practice, with a particular focus on strategic spatial planning for city regions and in urban regeneration policies. She is Senior Editor of Planning Theory and Practice journal, jointly published by TandF and the RTPI.

She is the daughter of the mycologist Cecil T. Ingold[1]

Research interests[edit]

She has undertaken research on the preparation and implementation of development plan frameworks, on how planning strategies work out in practice and on partnership forms of governance at the neighbourhood, city and city region scales. Over the years, she has developed approaches to collaborative planning practices, linked to an institutionalist analysis of urban socio-spatial dynamics and urban governance, with books on urban governance and on strategic spatial planning in Europe.



  • Founding Member of Planning and Honorary Member since 2004.
  • In UK, member of the ODPM/DCLG Planning Research Network, the Planning Aid Council, the RTPI’s Knowledge and Research Committee.
  • Has been member of the ICES-KIS Panel in the Netherlands in 2003
  • Since 2004, she has been an adviser to the ODPM/DCLG’s Evaluation Study of the new Local Development Frameworks, (now called Spatial Planning in Practice)
  • Member of advisory panel for the ODPM on the evaluation of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder Programme.
  • On the Advisory Board of SITI, in Turin, Italy, and of CITTA, in the University of Porto, Portugal.



  • Urban Complexity and Spatial Strategies: a relational planning for our times, Routledge, London, 2006. ISBN 0-415-38034-0 (hardcover) and ISBN 0-415-38035-9 (paperback) (On experiences of strategic spatial planning in city regions, with indepth case studies in the UK, Italy and the Netherlands).
  • Collaborative Planning: Shaping Places in Fragmented Societies, 2nd Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. ISBN 1-4039-4920-4

Journal articles[edit]

  • Relational Complexity and the imaginative power of strategic spatial planning, European Planning Studies, 2006, Vol 14 (4), pp 525–246
  • Transforming governance: challenges of institutional adaptation and a new politics of space, European Planning Studies, 2006, Vol 14 (3), pp. 299–319

Book chapters[edit]

  • Territory, integration and spatial planning, in Tewdwr-Jones, M and Allmendinger P, Territory, Identity and Spatial Planning: spatial governance in a fragmented nation, 2006, London, Routledge, pp. 64–79
  • Making Better Places (Planning, Environment, Cities) - The Planning Project in the Twenty-First Century, Palgrave Macmillan, May 2010,
 ISBN 9780230200579
  • Communicative Planning: Practices, Concepts and Rhetorics in Sanyal, Bishwapriya, Vale, Lawrence J. and Rosan, Christina D., Planning Ideas that Matter: Livability, Territoriality, Governance, and Reflective Practice, 2012, Cambridge, MIT Press, pp. 333–358.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ‘HEALEY, Prof. Patsy’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 29 May 2013

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