Back to school

I have enrolled to do a PhD by Publication at the University of Brighton, starting 1st April 2018. The working title is ‘Engagement in Placemaking’ and it will give me the opportunity to review the five main books I have produced over the years, assess their impact, reflect on their contribution to relevant academic fields and identify future initiatives needed.

All very exciting.

Academic focus on 5 books and their translations, adaptations and new editions: ‘The Battle for Tolmers Square’ ; ‘Squatting, the real story’; ‘Community Architecture’; ‘Action Planning’ and ‘The Community Planning Handbook’.

Spring 2020 Progress report – Dr Nick Wates

My doctorate was conferred on 2 March 2020 and you can see my thesis, Making Places Better here.

Also achieved:

  • Training in the latest research methods and online resources;
  • Sorted my archives and digitised some of them;
  • repaired and back in service;

Crowdfunding has made it possible. Thanks everyone. The crowdfunding page is now closed.


And here as promised is the small print:

Direct costs: 

  • Tuition fees £2,310
  • Train fares to Brighton £150
  • Repairs to database £415
  • Digitising £138
  • IT support £420
  • Printing and postage £50
  • Replacement laptop £350
  • Total £3,823

Funds raised:

  • Just Giving donations:  £1,600
  • Offline donations. £2,135
  • Total £3,735

Plus a fantastic contribution specifically for scanning Tolmers archives of £3,772 (only indirectly related to my PhD).

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