Richard Joseph Nunes

Bachelor in Architecture (Cornell); Master in Regional Planning (UMass, Amherst); PhD in Planning Studies (UCL)

Senior Lecturer in Planning

Profile

Richard Nunes is an architect and planner whose current research and teaching is focused on local and regional economic development, and European and international spatial planning. His international research has included both international and UK policy-oriented projects. It includes research on Portugal and Brazil, as well as a multi-country study of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In the past three years he has completed studies of industry transformation and regional economic restructuring in Portugal, and territorial governance at the interplay of knowledge and policy development in an enlarged EU. His current work includes the study of 'grassroots innovations' of the Transition Movement in the UK (London) and Brazil (Sao Paulo). It focuses on the social networks and learning processes, as well as the expectations and participation of actors and resources in these emerging niche practices. It seeks to understand how these niche grassroots innovations have framed problems, and how the coordination of individual actions and behaviour to solve them has been promoted.

Teaching interests

Richard has extensive teaching experience in the Department of Planning at Oxford Brookes University, and other leading academic departments at University College London and University of Westminster, most of it focused on planning theory and practice, sustainability and sustainable development, strategic planning and policy, and globalization and international planning and development.

Modules (selected)

P38162 Globalisation: Environment and Development
P37601 Spatial Planning in Context
U37705 Environmental Sustainability
U37745 Regional Strategic Policy and Planning

Research interest and consultancy expertise

His research interests broadly draw on regional development theory, planning theory, political science, social theory and economic geography. These interests are principally focused around:

  1. Local and regional economic development and policy
    • Participatory economic planning and community-based cooperative-led enterprise
    • Social and technological innovation, and eco-entrepreneurship
    • Technology policy, innovation systems and socio-technical transitions to a green solidarity economy
  2. European and international spatial planning, and territorial development and governance
    • Evidence-based practice, stakeholder engagement and the politics of expertise in development planning processes

Examples of recent projects:

2011-2012. Beyond the Planning Fold: Gradual Radical Transformation in the Transition to a Green Solidarity Economy. Santander Research Scholarship

2003-2007. Conceptualizing Change in the Portuguese Footwear Industry: Regional Voices and Cognitive Spaces of Agency, PhD dissertation research, University College London. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and UCL Overseas Research Scholarship

2003-2004. Innovative Practices and Dynamic Transformation in the Portuguese Footwear Cluster, research fellowship, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa. Fundação Ciencia e Tecnologia (Portugal)

2000-2001. Potential Impact of National Telecommunications and Urban Development Programs on Inner-city Economic Development, independent research fellowship. Luso-American Development Foundation and UMass Amherst Center for Economic Development

1995. Pilgrimage routes to architectural history and form, independent research fellowship. Cornell Center for International Studies

Publications and conference papers:

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Nunes, R., Adams, N. & Cotella, G. (submitted) Policy 'Framing' and Evidence-based Planning: Territorial Knowledge Channels in the Multi-jurisdictional Policy Environment of an Enlarged EU, Planning Theory and Practice

Cotella, G., Adams, N. & Nunes, R. (accepted, under revision) Evolving Territorial Governance Arrangements in the Enlarged EU: Approaching the Territorial Cohesion Debate from a Central and Eastern European Perspective, European Planning Studies

Adams, N., Cotella, G. & Nunes, R. (accepted, under revision) The Engagement of Territorial Knowledge Communities with European Spatial Planning and the Territorial Cohesion Debate: A Baltic Perspective, European Planning Studies, special issue: Spatial Planning in the Baltic States: The Influence of European Policies and Strategies

Books/Book Chapters

Adams, N., Cotella, G. & Nunes, R. (eds) (2011) Territorial Development, Cohesion and Spatial Planning: Knowledge and Policy Development in an Enlarged EU, Routledge: London

Adams, N., Cotella, G. & Nunes, R. (2011) Spatial Planning in Europe: the Interplay between Knowledge and Policy in an Enlarged EU. In Adams, N. et al (eds) Territorial Development, Cohesion and Spatial Planning: Knowledge and Policy Development in an Enlarged EU, Routledge: London

Adams, N., Cotella, G. & Nunes, R. (2011) Territorial Knowledge Channels in a Multi-jurisdictional Policy Environment. Toward a Theoretical Framework. In Adams, N. et al (eds) Territorial Development, Cohesion and Spatial Planning: Knowledge and Policy Development in an Enlarged EU, Routledge: London

Adams, N., Cotella, G. & Nunes, R. (2011) Territorial Knowledge Channels. Contexts for 'Situated Learning'. In Adams, N. et al (eds) Territorial Development, Cohesion and Spatial Planning: Knowledge and Policy Development in an Enlarged EU, Routledge: London

Nunes, R. & Heitor, M. (eds) (2004) A Practical Guide to Regional Foresight in Portugal. European Commission: Brussels ISBN: 9289447079

Other

Nunes, R. (2010) Territorial knowledge channels: Understanding and meeting the challenges of territorial cohesion, Regional Insights, Vol. 1:1, Regional Studies Association: Seaford

Nunes, R. (2008). Review of OSWALT, P. (ed) (2005) Shrinking Cities (Hatje Cantz Publishers), for Urban Studies, 45(5/6), May

Cidre, E., Cotella, G. & Nunes, R. (eds) (2008) Special Issue: Central and Eastern European Enlargement. New Challenges and Opportunities for Urban Environments. ALFA SPECTRA STU, Planning Studies - Central European Journal of Architecture and Planning, Vol. 12(1). FA STU: Bratislava ISSN 1135-2679

Nunes, R., Cidre, E. & Cotella, G. (eds) (2007) 'Special Issue: Central and Eastern European Engagement: Planning, Development and Sustainability'. ALFA SPECTRA STU, Planning Studies - Central European Journal of Architecture and Planning, Vol. 11(2). FA STU: Bratislava ISSN 1135-2679

Nunes, R. & Heitor, M. (2007) Technological Change and the Challenges for Regional Development: Building 'Social Capital' in Less-Favoured Regions. In Landabaso, M. et al. (eds) Europe - Reflections on Social Capital, Innovation and Regional Development: The Ostuni Consensus. Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu: Pruszków

Conference Papers

Nunes, R. (forthcoming, 2011) Beyond the planning fold: A resilience approach to participation, activism and identity, Second International Conference of Young Urban Researchers, Lisbon, PT, October 11, 2011

Nunes, R. (2011) Territorial governance at the interplay of knowledge and policy development: An EU/UK exploration, Globalisation, Climate Change and Urban Governance: Balancing the Scales for both Efficient and Pro-Poor Urban Futures – The Case of Brazil and the UK, Oxford Brookes UK-Brazil Urban Network, Oxford, UK, March 9-11

Nunes, R., Adams, N. & Cotella, G. (2009) Policy 'framing' and evidence-based planning: 'epistemic communities' in the multi-jurisdictional environment of an enlarged EU, RSA Annual International Conference, Leuven, Belgium, April 6-8.

Nunes, R. (2007) 'Change' and 'Uncertainty' in the Portuguese Footwear Industry: Mapping Agent Perceptions, ESRC Conference on Risk and Rationalities, Cambridge, UK

Nunes, R. (2006) Crisis Management and Control in a Policy Vacuum: Deconstructing Portuguese Footwear Industry Promotion Discourses, Global Places, Local Spaces, Planning Research Conference, London, UK

Nunes, R. (2005) Innovation, Vulnerability and Regional Development: Exploring Vulnerability 'Nodes' in the Portuguese Leather-footwear Fashion Industry, 'Globelics' PhD workshop, Lisbon, Portugal

Nunes, R. (2004) The Regional Question: Complexity, Reflexivity and Scale. Toward a Learning Contingent Theory of Regions, Regional Studies Conference, Angers, France

Richard Nunes

CONTACT

Department of Planning

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, UK
OX3 0BP

rnunes@brookes.ac.uk