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Dominic Stead is Professor of Land Use and Transport Planning at Aalto University, Finland. Prior to joining Aalto University he was employed at Delft University of Technology between 2001 and 2020. Before then he was Research Fellow at University College London in the Bartlett School of Planning and Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England in the School of Town and Country Planning. He began his academic career as a researcher at the University of the West of England. He has been visiting academic at the University of Queensland (2015) and guest professor at the University of Malta (2017), Friedrich-Alexander Universität (2015) and HafenCity Universität (2010).

Dominic Stead's research and teaching activities focus on issues of urban and regional governance and sustainability. He has a strong multidisciplinary background: a Doctorate in Planning Studies, a Masters degree in Environmental Science and a second Masters degree in Town and Country Planning. He has broad experience in teaching, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including courses on urban studies and urban and regional planning. He has extensive experience in acquiring, managing and executing research, especially international projects (with a total value of more than €20 million). He has managed large-scale research projects funded by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), the European Commission and ESPON (European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion).

Dominic Stead has published widely in international refereed journals including Cities, Environment and Planning (A & B), European Planning Studies, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Planning Literature, Journal of Transport Geography, Journal of Urban Design, Land Use Policy, Transport Policy and Urban Studies (see below). He has co-edited seven books. He is editorial board member of six international peer-reviewed journals: European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, European Planning Studies, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Planning Literature, Planning Practice and Research and Urban Policy and Research. His articles are highly cited, evidenced by an h-index which is one of the highest in his field. His publications feature on lists of the most cited articles in several journals including disP – The Planning Review, Planning Practice and Research, and Planning Theory and Practice.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Social Sciences, University College London

Award Date: 31 Jul 1999

Master's degree, Social Sciences, University of the West of England

Award Date: 28 Feb 1994

Master's degree, Engineering and Technology, Imperial College London

Award Date: 18 Jan 1989

Bachelor's degree, Engineering and Technology, Cardiff University

Award Date: 24 Jul 1987


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