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raised of £10,000 target by 21 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,600 to support Engagement in Placemaking Research.

    Hastings, UK
    Funded on Saturday, 29th February 2020

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    Do you believe that places work better if the people living and working in them are involved in their creation and management? Then this is an excellent opportunity to support research and the provision of online resources to promote good practice in placemaking.

    I have enrolled at the University of Brighton to do a PhD reflecting on the invaluable experience I gained over four decades as an author, researcher and practitioner. The focus will be on the creation and impact of five books I wrote or edited relating to community involvement in placemaking: 'The Battle for Tolmers Square' ; 'Squatting, the real story'; 'Community Architecture'; 'Action Planning' and 'The Community Planning Handbook' (all still in print with Routledge apart from 'Squatting'). Lessons learnt will be spelt out, future initiatives needed in the field signposted.

    Funding is needed to cover the costs of this research which includes tuition fees, digitising photographic and paper archives, preparing exhibition material and both computer and website technical support.

    What you will get

    Access to my thesis, available online (by mid 2020).

    Access to an updated Community Planning Website.

    Useful archives, digitised and available online.

    Invitations to exhibitions and workshops.

    All contributions credited unless requested otherwise.

    Reports on progress and the use of the funding raised posted here (see below) and on 'Back to school' blog.

    Thank you for any support you can offer. The more we raise the more that can be achieved.  

    Photocaptions. Top: Community planning masterclass, Taipai, 2013. Above: The five books and their translations, adaptations and new editions.



    • Nick Wates5 years ago
      Nick Wates

      Nick Wates

      5 years ago

      PhD success announced by University of Brighton after my viva on Friday 4 October. Hurrah. Some minor amendments needed to my thesis 'Making places better' and then it will be published online. Thank you again all sponsors for making this possible.

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    • Nick Wates5 years ago
      Nick Wates

      Nick Wates

      5 years ago

      Spring update. Apologies to those who thought it would all be over by now. Hand-in now extended to 31 May (2019).

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    • Nick Wates6 years ago
      Nick Wates

      Nick Wates

      6 years ago

      New Year 2019 Update. As well as the donations shown on this page there have also been offline donations totalling £2,235. Huge thanks to all. Hand in due 31 March (2019) and lots to do. So there is still time to become a sponsor. For more details see

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    7 years ago

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    Page last updated on: 10/7/2019 11.11



    • Jeremy Wates

      Jeremy Wates

      Apr 1, 2019

      Good to hear that you got an extension - it seems to be in fashion these days. Question is, will you finish before or after the UK leaves the EU (if it does)? Anyway, good luck with the final push!


    • Anonymous


      Jan 13, 2019


    • Roz


      Jan 10, 2019

      An excellent project!


    • John F C Turner

      John F C Turner

      Dec 10, 2018

      Looking forward to future developments.


    • kathrin golda-pongratz

      kathrin golda-pongratz

      Aug 30, 2018


    • Tia


      Jul 27, 2018

      Rod tells me about your important post grad work in Brighton - Nick when can we call you Dr Wates?


    • Rod


      Jul 27, 2018


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    Writer, researcher and practitioner on community engagement in planning and design.

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