David Adams FRTPI, Ian Mactaggart Chair of Property and Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow
Teaching is an important part of my job and it's one that is both challenging and enjoyable. I have always sought to link planning to development and this concept is at the core of Glasgow MSc programme in Real Estate, Planning and Regeneration, which we set up in 2006. In these kind of subjects, practice changes very fast so it's important to make sure teaching material is kept right up to date.
For an academic, research complements teaching. I have held research contracts for the ESRC, UK and Scottish Governments and charitable bodies, all of whom expect the same professional standards as clients do of planners in practice. I recently looked at the performance of the housebuilding industry in relation to the planning system and at factors that make some places more successful than others. Research naturally leads on to publication. Over the years, I have written almost 150 academic papers and several books, with the latest 'Shaping Places', about to be published by Routledge.
I am often asked to serve on advisory bodies or undertake review work. I was a member of the RTPI Education Commission, whose 2003 report led to major changes in accredited planning education. At the moment, I'm Deputy Chair of the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel, which will be reviewing research across these disciplines across all UK universities in the Research Evaluation Framework (REF) exercise in 2014.
I previously worked at the Universities of Reading, Manchester and Aberdeen. I've been a Member of the RTPI since 1981 and a Fellow since 2001.