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Nick Wates

Nick Wates is crowdfunding

raised of £10,000 target by 21 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to support Engagement in Placemaking Research.

Hastings, UK

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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.

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  • Nick Wates4 months ago
    Nick Wates

    Nick Wates

    4 months 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 Wates10 months ago
    Nick Wates

    Nick Wates

    10 months 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 Wates1 year ago
    Nick Wates

    Nick Wates

    1 year 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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2 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!


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    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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Nick Wates

Nick Wates

Hastings, UK

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

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