Professor John Henneberry

Title: Visiting Professor in Political Economy
Contacting me:

I became Visiting Professor in Political Economy at Keele in July 2017. This reflects two things. The first is my interest in the policies, politics and practices relating to urban and regional development and, particularly, the role of property development and investment in that process. The second is my long-standing collaboration with Dr Philip Catney through which we have explored key aspects of urban governance. I hope that my appointment will strengthen my links with Philip and his colleagues in SPIRE over the next few years.

I studied Land Economy at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA, 1974; MA, 1978) before taking a MA Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield (1976). I spent four years in practice with Manchester City Council (1976-78) and Greater Manchester County Council (1978-80), becoming a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and Chartered Planner (MRTPI) in 1979. I became a Lecturer in Planning and Development at Sheffield Hallam University in 1980, progressing to Reader before my move to the University of Sheffield in 1993. I was appointed to a Personal Chair in Property Development in 1998. Subsequently, I was Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (1999-2003) and Dean of the Faculty of Architectural Studies (2005-07). I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010 in recognition of my contribution to the field of planning and development.

I have extensive international, inter-disciplinary research experience and have been awarded over £3.3m for funded work by UK Research Councils, the European Commission, charities, national government departments, local authorities and private industry. I am joint (founding) Editor of the RICS / Wiley-Blackwell book series 'Issues in Real Estate'. I am a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Property Research, the Journal of European Real Estate Research and Town Planning Review, and was an Editor of Regional Studies with responsibility for papers related to property, land and planning (2010-13).

My research focuses on the structure and behaviour of the property market and its relation to the wider economy and state regulatory systems. I have developed a distinctive institutional perspective on the subject that is rooted in cultural economy. I use both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore property markets, working closely with econometric colleagues on occasion to analyse regularities in market behaviour. I have a particular interest in the way that calculative practices – such as valuation, financial appraisal and portfolio analysis and management – shape property markets and affect urban and regional development. This is the basis of my current work on ‘governance by numbers’ with Philip Catney. Our initial focus is on how indexes and rankings are being used to manage their subjects at both local (city) and national levels.


Henneberry, J. (Ed) (2017) Transience and Permanence in Urban Development, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, 277 pp. + xii. ISBN: 9781119055655.

Crook, A., Henneberry, J. and Whitehead, C. (Eds) (2016) Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure and Affordable Housing, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, 301 pp. + xxiii. ISBN: 9781118219812.

Catney, P., Eiser, J.R., Henneberry, J. & Stafford, T. (2007) Democracy, Trust and Risk Related to Contaminated Sites in the UK, in: T. Dixon, M. Raco, P. Catney & D.N. Lerner (Eds.) Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration: Liveable Places from Problem Spaces. Oxford: Blackwells, 35-66.

Guy, S. and Henneberry, J. (eds) (2002) Development and Developers: Perspectives on Property.  Blackwell Publishing/RICS Foundation, Oxford, 308pp + xii. ISBN: 9780632058426.

Journal Papers

Catney, P. and Henneberry, J. (2016) Public Entrepreneurship and the Politics of Regeneration in Multi-Level Governance, Environment & Planning C: Government and Policy, 34(7), 1324–1343. [DOI: 10.1177/0263774X15613357]

Crosby, N. and Henneberry, J. (2016) Financialisation, the valuation of investment property and the urban built environment in the UK, Urban Studies, 53(7), 1424–1441. [DOI: 10.1177/0042098015583229]

Henneberry, J. and Parris, S. (2013) The Embedded Developer: Using Project Ecologies to Analyse Local Property Development Networks, Town Planning Review, 84(2), 227-249. [DOI: 10.3828/tpr.2013.13]

Catney, P. and Henneberry, J. (2012) (Not) Exercising Discretion: Environmental Planning and the Politics of Blame-Avoidance, Planning Theory and Practice, 13(4), 549-568. [DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2012.728002]

Eiser, J.R., Stafford, T., Henneberry, J. and Catney, P. (2009) Trust me, I’m a scientist (not a developer): perceived expertise and motives as predictors of trust in assessment of risk from contaminated land, Risk Analysis, 29(2), 288-297.

Catney, P., Dixon, T. and Henneberry, J. (2008) Hyperactive Governance in the Thames Gateway, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 2(2), 124-145.

Catney, P., Henneberry, J., Lawson, N. and Shaw, S. (2008) Deliberating Environmental Risk Posed by Contaminated Land: the Importance of Local Context, Land Contamination and Reclamation, 16(2), 113-124.

Henneberry, J. and Roberts, C. (2008) Calculated Inequality? Portfolio Benchmarking and Regional Office Property Investment, Urban Studies, 45(5 & 6), 1217-1241.

Eiser, J.R., Stafford, T., Henneberry, J. and Catney, P. (2007) Risk Perception and Trust in the Context of Urban Brownfields, Environmental Hazards, 7(2), 150-156.

Catney, P., Henneberry, J., Meadowcroft, J. and Eiser, J.R. (2006) Dealing with Contaminated Land in the UK through ‘Development Managerialism’, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 8(4), 331-356.

Guy, S., Henneberry, J. and Rowley, S. (2002) Development Cultures and Urban Regeneration, Urban Studies, 39(7), 1181-1196.

Guy, S. and Henneberry, J. (2000) Understanding Urban Development Processes: Integrating the Economic and the Social in Property Research, Urban Studies, 37(13), 2399-2416.

Selected Research Projects

Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature: integrating green/blue infrastructure and health service valuation and delivery (IWUN). Universities of Sheffield, Derby, Cardiff and Heriot Watt. NERC/AHRC/ESRC. 2016-2019.

The English Experience of ‘Soft’ Densification. Universities of Sheffield and Liege. Plan, Urbanism, Construction, Architecture (PUCA), France. 2014-16.

Research to Evaluate Development Benefits Policy. Department for Communities and Local Government. 2014.

Stimulating Enterprising Environments for Development and Sustainability (SEEDS). University of Sheffield and partners at South Yorkshire Forest Partnership (Lead Partner); Lawaetz Foundation, Hamburg (D); Goteborg Stad (S); Vlaamse Landmaatschappij (B); University of Copenhagen (Den); Regio Assen Groningen (NL); Deltares, Utrecht (NL). ERDF, INTERREG IVB NSR.  2012-2015.

Valuing Attractive Landscapes in the Urban Economy (VALUE).University of Sheffield and partners at South Yorkshire Forest Partnership (Lead Partner), Gemeente Amersfoort (NL); Vlaamse Landmaatschappij (B); Verband Region Stuttgart (D); Services Promotion Initiatives en Province de Liège (B); University de Liège (B); Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung GmbH (D); and Community Forests North West (UK).  ERDF, INTERREG IVB NWE.  2008-2012.

Multi-level Governance, Europeanization and Urban Politics. Universities of Keele and Sheffield. Economic and Social Research Council. 2008-09.

International Experience with Urban Intensification. Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, New Zealand.  2008.

URSULA: Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas. Universities of Sheffield, Bradford and Durham.  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.  2008-2011.

Sustainable Urban Brownfield Regeneration: Integrated Management (SUBR:IM). Universities of Cambridge, Reading, Sheffield and Surrey; the College of Estate Management; Forest Research and the Building Research Establishment / University of Manchester.  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.  2003-2007.

Linking Urban Regeneration Theory and Practice: Re-conceptualising Urban Regeneration Strategies and Policies in Britain and East Germany. British Council.  2004-05.

Economic Structures, Urban Responses: Framing and Negotiating Urban Property Development. Universities of Sheffield and Newcastle.  Economic and Social Research Council.  1998-2000.