School of Earth and Environment

Peter Roberts Prof Peter Roberts

Emeritus Professor of Spatial Sustainable Development

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


Peter Roberts has now retired from the University of Leeds, although he has by no means retired in the true sense of the word. If you need to contact him please write to him at the University of Leeds: School of Earth & Environment, Leeds, LS2 9JT.

You can also call him on +44(0)01484 536041.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable spatial development, especially the socio-spatial and political dimensions.
  • Regional planning and management.
  • Sustainable communities theory, policy and practice.
  • Environmental factors in integrated spatial analysis.



Supervision areas

  • Spatial dimension of sustainable development.
  • Sustainable communities, regeneration and planning.


  • Roberts P; Amos G (2007) Planning for Climate Change, in Bill P (ed), None, .
  • Roberts P (2006) Evaluating regional sustainable development: Approaches, methods and the politics of analysis, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 49, pp.515-532. doi: 10.1080/09640560600747786
  • Roberts P; Baker M (2006) Regions and Regional Idenitity, in Hardill I, Beneworth P, Baker M and Buld L (eds) The Rise of the English Regions, None, .
  • Roberts P; Benneworth P; Hardill I; Baker M; Buld L (2006) Conclusions, in Hardill I, Benneworth P, Baker M and Buld L, None, .
  • Roberts P; Wright A (2005) Putting Planning First, TCPA, London, None, .
  • Roberts P (2005) Urban and Regional Regeneration: Principles Practice and Lessons from Experience in the UK, in Hulsbergen E, Klaasen I and Kriers I (eds) Shifting Space Amsterdam, None, .
  • Roberts P (2004) Wealth from Waste: Local and Economic Development and the Environment, Geological Journal, 170, pp.126-134.
  • Roberts P; Baker M (2004) Sub-regional Planning in England: Neglected Opportunity or Unwnated Complexity, Town Planning Review, 75, pp.265-286.
  • Roberts P (2003) Sustainable Development and Social Justice: Spatial Priorities and Mechanisms for Delivery, Sociological Inquiry, 73, pp.pp.228–244. doi: 10.1111/1475-682X.00054
  • Roberts P (2003) Sustainable Development and the Management of the Scottish Environment: Stringing the Beads., Sustainable Development, 10, pp.179-186.
  • Roberts P (2003) Partnerships, programmes and the promotion of regional development: an evaluation of the operation of the Structural Funds regional programmes, Progress in Planning, 59, pp.1-69. doi: 10.1016/S0305-9006(02)00059-4
  • Roberts P (2003) Monitoring and Measuring Progress Towards Sustainable Development, Welsh Economic Review, 15, pp.pp.41.
  • Roberts P (2003) European Union Spatial Planning and Developing Policy, Journal of Planning and Environment Law, 31, pp.15-26.
  • Roberts P (2003) Spatial Strategies and Plans in the UK and Ireland: A New Beginning?, Urbanistica, 121, pp.44-44.
  • Roberts P (2003) Economic Restructuring, Regional Development and the Environment: Ecological Moderisation and the European Union's Structural Funds , International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2, pp.267-283. doi: 10.1504/IJESD.2003.003844
  • Benneworth P; Conroy L; Roberts P (2002) Strategic Connectivity, Sustainable Development and the New English Regional Governance, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 45, pp.199-217. doi: 10.1080/09640560220116305
  • Roberts P; Benneworth P (2002) Devolution Sustainability and Local Economic Development : Impacts on Local Autonomy, Policy-making and Economic Development Outcomes, Local Economy, 17, pp.239-252. doi: 10.1080/02690940210152540
  • Roberts P (2002) The Scottish Strategic and Spatial Context for Sustainable Development., Sustainable Development, 10, pp.131-139. doi: 10.1002/sd.191
  • Roberts P; Hills P (2001) Political Integration, Transboundary Pollution and Sustainability: Challenges for Environmental Policy in the Pearl River Delta Region, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 44, pp.455-473. doi: 10.1080/09640560120060902
  • Roberts P; Benneworth P (2001) Pathways to the future? An Initial Assessment of RDA Strategies and their Contribution to Integrated Regional Development, Local Economy, 16, pp.142-159. doi: 10.1080/02690940110036586
  • Roberts P (2001) Incorporating the Environment into Structural Funds Regional Programmes: Evolution, Current Developments and Future Prospects, European Environment., European Environment, 11, pp.64-74. doi: 10.1002/eet.251
  • Roberts P; Benneworth P (2001) RDA's as Foci for new Regional Strategies: The Case of Sustainable Development, Regions, Regions: The Newsletter of the Regional Studies Association, pp.16-34.
  • Roberts P (2001) Social Justice through Spatial Policy: The Implications of EU Enlargement, Regional Contact XIV , Regional Contact, pp.59-71.
  • Roberts P (2001) Moving the Environment to Centre Stage: A New Approach to PLanning and Development at European & Regional Levels, Local Environment, 6, pp.421-437. doi: 10.1080/13549830120091716
  • Gouldson AP; Roberts P (2000) Integrating Environment and Economy: Strategies for Regional and Local Government, Routledge.