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Research interests

John's research interests focus on spatial planning and urban regeneration, including international comparative approaches. He has worked on a range of projects including the following: tax-based policy mechanisms for urban regeneration (ESRC, involving Universities of Dundee and Ulster); the use of arts and culture as a means of achieving sustainable regeneration (Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland); and the effects of cruise passenger terminal developments in historic port cities (Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland).


John has worked as a practitioner in spatial planning in London and elsewhere and has worked in academia since 1992. He is an active member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and currenly chairs the Partnership Boards of London South Bank University and Hong Kong University. He also represents UK planning schools on the RTPI's Membership Assessment Advisory Group, and he represented non-Russell Group Universities on the RTPIs' 2017 Education Policy Review Group. He was a member of the Scottish Government's 2017 Planning Review Working Group which advised on the 2017 Scottish Planning Bill.

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Research Output 2002 2018

  • 13 Article
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Maximising cruise tourism outcomes in small-medium cruise ports: lessons from Atlantic Canada

McCarthy, J., 2 Oct 2018, In : Urban Research and Practice. 11, 4, p. 289-313 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
management practice
Open Access
tourism sector
Open Access
higher education

Culture, creativity and commerce: trajectories and tensions in the case of Beijing's 798 Art Zone

McCarthy, J. P. & Wang, Y., 2016, In : International Planning Studies. 21, 1, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Sharing good practice in planning education

McCarthy, J. P. & Bagaeen, S., 2014, York: Higher Education Academy. 19 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
best practice
town planning
regional planning

Activities 2008 2013

  • 9 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial activity

Presentation entitled 'Aspirational Regeneration'

John Paul McCarthy (Contributor)
17 Mar 2013

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Presentation entitled 'Cruise terminals and accessibility'

John Paul McCarthy (Contributor)
25 Apr 2013

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Presentation to Vancouver Island University

John Paul McCarthy (Contributor)
26 Sep 2012

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Urban, Planning and Transport Research (Journal)

John Paul McCarthy (Editor)
12 Nov 2012 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Presentation to QUB

John Paul McCarthy (Contributor)
2 Jun 2010

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk