Steve Chambers

Steve Chambers

Urban Planner and PhD Candidate

London, United Kingdom
Architecture & Planning

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Steve Chambers' Summary

Steve is trained educator, researcher and consultant. His research interests are focussed on urban local governance in England, from the strategic to the hyper-local, primarily looking at planning. He has an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies (London School of Economics), a BSc in Social Policy (London South Bank University), and a PGCE in Post-compulsory Education (Institute of Education, University of London) with over 100 hours of experience teaching social science.

He produced a first class dissertation comparing strategic local government structures in London and Manchester, focussing on transport policy; and a meritorious dissertation analysing the planning arrangements in London boroughs and development corporation areas. He received the Course Directors Prize for Outstanding Achievement at South Bank and the Desmond G. Wiltshaw Scholarship (£5,000) at LSE.

He is currently completing a PhD about the nature of community leadership in London. Prior to his academic career, Steve worked for seven years in marketing and communications, in the private sector, voluntary sector and for local government. Steve has written and speaks about local and community governance. He is available for consultancy work and teaching.

He is based in London, United Kingdom.

Steve Chambers' Experience

Planning Advisor

The Soho Society

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Civic & Social Organization industry

April 2014Present (6 months) London, United Kingdom

Steve enables The Soho Society to effectively respond as a consultee to the high volume of planning applications within the area. He provides support and advice for making use of the full range of localism powers, including neighbourhood planning, registering assets of community value, participatory budgeting and other community rights.

Planning Advisor

Soho Neighbourhood Forum

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Architecture & Planning industry

July 2014Present (3 months) London, United Kingdom

Steve provides comprehensive support for the neighbourhood planning process including project mapping, budgeting, grant applications, consultation, engagement, planning policy, print, digital and social media.

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry

September 2011June 2012 (10 months) Ealing Campus, London, United Kingdom

Steve took up the challenge of teaching in a London further education college. It required the consolidation of large amounts of literature into deliverable formats using a range of media. Steve increased the performance of his students and built good working relationships with colleagues.

Marketing Officer

Newham London Borough Council

Government Agency; 5001-10,000 employees; Government Administration industry

October 2004May 2005 (8 months) London, United Kingdom

Steve joined the team at the exciting time of the “Back the Bid!” campaign. The role involved a variety of marketing campaigns and included some involvement with every department of the council. This gave valuable insight into how a London local authority operates.

Marketing Executive

Summit Systems International Ltd.

Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; MUSJF; Financial Services industry

January 2001May 2004 (3 years 5 months) London, United Kingdom

Steve was hired to the City of London office of this financial software company to set up their marketing function. He was successful in increasing sales through the specification, purchase and development of a contact relationship management system and through organising public events.

Marketing Communications Manager

The Pensions Trust

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Financial Services industry

January 1998December 2000 (3 years) London, United Kingdom

Steve was hired as an assistant and promoted several times because he is successful and hardworking. When the company moved to Leeds, West Yorkshire he was charged with setting up the new marketing office there, including hiring staff, and was invited to relocate with the company.

Steve Chambers' Education


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Bartlett School of Planning

20142021 (expected)

The Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)

PGCE, Post Compulsory Education


Grade: Pass with 60 credits at masters level

Steve gained confidence as a public speaker and developed as a communicator of ideas. Teacher training is an intensive experience. It presents huge challenges in workload management and requires the ability to easily switch between activities with different skillset requirements.

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc, Regional and Urban Planning Studies


Grade: Pass

Steve produced a meritorious dissertation on the planning arrangements of two London borough councils and development corporations. He analysed planning application decisions and how they related to the RIBA principles of good design and GLA/national policy. The RICS accredited course gave Steve an excellent understanding of UK planning. He was awarded a scholarship of £5,000.

Activities and Societies: Planning Society

London South Bank University

BSc (Hons), Social Policy


Grade: First Class

Steve graduated first class and best in year. He produced a first class dissertation looking at strategic planning issues in London and Manchester around transport policy. He specialised in aspects of urban policy and gained skills in data analysis, critical thought and factual presentation.

Steve Chambers' Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Education
      • Politics
      • Poverty Alleviation
      • Social Services

Steve Chambers' Organizations

  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

    Student Member

Steve Chambers' Honors and Awards

  • Course Directors Prize for Outstanding Achievement

    • June 2008
  • Desmond G. Wiltshaw Scholarship

    • September 2008

    Funding of £5,000.

Steve Chambers' Courses

  • MSc, Regional and Urban Planning Studies

    London School of Economics and Political Science

    • Social and Political Aspects of Planning
    • Urban Environment
    • Geographical Aspects of Planning
    • Housing, Community and Regeneration
    • Economics of Regional and Urban Planning
    • Research Methods
    • Urban Policy and Planning
  • PGCE, Post Compulsory Education

    The Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)

    • Planning and Enabling Learning and Assessment (incl. PTTLS)
    • Theories and Principles of Teaching and Learning
    • Curriculum Design: Principles and Practice (Masters level credit)
    • Wider Professional Practice and Development (Masters level credit)
  • Lecturer

    Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

    • Managing Classroom Behaviour (ATL)
  • Marketing Communications Manager

    The Pensions Trust

    • Trustee Certificate of Essential Pensions Knowledge (PMI)
  • Marketing Executive

    Summit Systems International Ltd.

    • Designing for the Internet (Dreamweaver) (Central Saint Martins)
    • Photoshop and Illustrator (Central Saint Martins)
  • Independent Coursework

    • Key Skills in the Research Environment
    • Student-Supervisor Relationship
    • Personal Effectiveness
    • NVivo 9
    • Doctoral Students Research Skills

Steve Chambers' Skills & Expertise

  1. Research
  2. Qualitative Research
  3. Teaching
  4. Policy
  5. Local Government
  6. Policy Analysis
  7. Lecturing
  8. Urban Planning
  9. Government
  10. Strategy
  11. Data Analysis
  12. Community Development
  13. Quantitative Research
  14. Marketing Communications
  15. Stakeholder Engagement
  16. Analysis
  17. Statistics
  18. Report Writing
  19. Political Science
  20. University Teaching
  21. Research Design
  22. SPSS
  23. NVivo
  24. Social Sciences
  25. Project Planning
  26. Economics
  27. Sociology
  28. Community Engagement
  29. Public Sector
  30. Academic Writing
  31. International Relations
  32. Higher Education
  33. Sustainable Development
  34. Politics
  35. Theory
  36. Public Speaking
  37. Writing
  38. Project Management
  39. Budgetary Control
  40. Web Design
  41. Curriculum Design
  42. International Development
  43. Sustainability
  44. Nonprofits
  45. English
  46. Governance
  47. Urban
  48. Urban Regeneration
  49. Localism
  50. neighbourhood planning

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Steve Chambers' Publications

  • What do you love about where you live?

    • Sustain
    • July 23, 2014
    Authors: Steve Chambers

    One Sunday in July I stood in a small park in a Central London and asked people to pin cards to a tree, telling me what they loved about the community around them. Not to exclude digital natives I also selected a hashtag and invited responses through social media. The fantastic responses I got were an incredibly useful start to developing a neighbourhood plan.

  • Neighbourhood Planning in London

    • Planning Aid for London
    • July 7, 2012
    Authors: Steve Chambers

    Talk about neighbourhood planning in London.

  • London boroughs reluctant to encourage parish councils

    • City Mayors Foundation
    • April 16, 2011
    Authors: Steve Chambers

    Since 2007, neighbourhoods in London have the right to form councils responsible for their own community governance. These parish councils, which already exist elsewhere in England, have substantive powers and serve populations of a just a few thousand. Envisaged as a mechanism for residents to take greater control of their lives, there has been a positive response from communities and several new councils are proposed. There appears to be a political consensus on the value of these councils, should communities decide they want one. However, there is apparently no political will to systematically create them across London and existing local authorities are at best indifferent to them. This could potentially mean the communities that need them most will miss out.

  • The planning arrangements of the Thames Gateway in two London boroughs

    • Postgraduate dissertation, London School of Economics
    • 2009
    Authors: Steve Chambers

    This paper explores the delivery of planning policy in the Thames Gateway area of London and the south east of England. A variety of local government arrangements exist in the region and through a case study analysis of two of these areas the extent to which the arrangements have an effect on the delivery of UK government policy is revealed. The case study areas contain sections within and outside the remit of a development corporation, where there is an increased degree of autonomy and arguably less democratic accountability.

    The introduction of development corporations to the planning process appears to have only a limited impact on the quality of regeneration delivery when compared to sections of districts where the local authority has full planning control. As both case study areas are in the London region the results point to either a coherency of policy at central government level or the success of the Greater London Authority at translating that policy into the strategic London Plan which informs overall planning control in Greater London.

  • Democracy and effective planning: The effect of strategic local government structures on transport policy in Greater London and Greater Manchester

    • Undergraduate dissertation, London South Bank University
    • 2008
    Authors: Steve Chambers

    This paper explores transport policy in Greater London and Greater Manchester. Analysis of the policy making arrangements at each location reveals the extent to which the local authorities have used their respective powers and how in Greater Manchester the absence of a more wide ranging authority has led to creative use of existing autonomy. In contrast the executive powers of the Mayor of London have allowed the administration to be free of the bureaucratic and risk-adverse culture which has held back projects in Greater Manchester.

    The nature of funding arrangements for major infrastructure projects calls for effective lobby of stakeholders and in London the strong executive mayoral position has created a powerful agent. Aside from this, the primacy of London as the more significant conurbation has caused national focus on its transport planning needs; and the regional development structure in England has disadvantaged Greater Manchester, due to its subordinate position in the structure.

Steve Chambers' Projects

  • "Back the Bid" for London 2012

    • October 2004 to May 2005
    Team Members: Steve Chambers

    Implementation of "Back the Bid" campaign in Newham through print, advertising, outdoor, events and promotions.

  • Saleslogix

    • January 2001 to December 2002
    Team Members: Steve Chambers

    Specification and sourcing of CRM software. Population and cleansing of data. Training staff on use of Saleslogix. Database control.

  • Relocating marketing team from London to Leeds

    • September 1999 to September 2000
    Team Members: Steve Chambers

    Relocated marketing function from London to Leeds. Logistics, documenting policy and procedures. Hiring staff, ensuring business continuity.

  • Website redesign

    • January 2000 to September 2000
    Team Members: Steve Chambers

    Complete redesign of company website. Content creation and design. Sourcing and liaising with suppliers. Staff education.

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