Spatial thinking and policymaking in the UK: a spatial planning perspective

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


There has been a lack of coherent spatial thinking in policymaking in the UK due to political and economic considerations. This discussion, based on a spatial planning perspective, explains how the UK government’s often aspatial approach to policymaking and hiding behind the façade of market-led ideology does not stand the test when examining the R&D regional expenditure patterns. It also illustrates that complex layers of administrative boundaries have created a confusing governance structure and closed development possibilities. It finally sheds light on the experience of being a critical friend of the policy community to engender mutual learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-142
Number of pages8
JournalSpace and Polity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2022


  • spatial thinking
  • geography
  • R&D
  • policymaking
  • institutions


Dive into the research topics of 'Spatial thinking and policymaking in the UK: a spatial planning perspective'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this