Race and Planning: The UK Experience

Race and Planning: The UK Experience

Race and Planning: The UK Experience

Race and Planning: The UK Experience

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It has taken a number of years to write this book. Had it been finished earlier, I have little doubt that it would have contained an apologetic note about lengthy absences in the study; I prefer it this way. It so happens that the book, for all its faults, is the stronger for its long gestation, as my understanding of the sociology and politics of race deepened considerably during the time I have been working on it. I am very grateful to a variety of bodies who supported my research in that period: the Royal Town Planning Institute for commissioning Vijay Krishnarayan and myself to undertake a study, 'Ethnic Minorities and the Planning System', in 1992-3; the Economic and Social Research Council for a research award (held jointly with Sue Brownill, of Oxford Brookes University) on Race Equality and Local Governance in 1994-5; the European Commission for awarding a Marie Curie Training and Mobility Research Fellowship to Francesco Lo Piccolo, to enable him to work with me on Best Value and Race Equality, in 1998-9; and, especially, the Nuffield Foundation for a Social Science Fellowship in 1994, during which time I drafted about half the book. The book was completed during a semester of sabbatical leave awarded by Cardiff University, and I thank the university and my colleagues in the Department of City and Regional Planning for making this possible. I would also like to thank the series editor, John Glasson, for suggesting very many years ago, that I write the book, and for waiting patiently thereafter.

Drafts of portions of the book have been word processed by a number of people over the years but the bulk of the early work was done by Maureen Pether at Oxford Brookes, and the late, much missed, Jane Melvin, in Cardiff University. But it was Michelle Roberts at Cardiff who did the final version, pulled everything together and made sure it got done; her help, at a crucial stage, was invaluable (including last-minute assistance from Karen Dickens).

It will be evident that I have enjoyed the support and assistance of a number of people over very many years. Particular thanks are due to my collaborators on a number of research projects directly related to this book: Sue Brownill, Vijay Krishnarayan, Francesco Lo Piccolo, Konnie Razzaque

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