HONORARY GRADUAND: SIR PETER HALL

Issue date: 15 November 2000


Sir Peter Hall is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to urban geography and city planning.

Sir Peter was educated at Blackpool Grammar School and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge where he received his Master’s degree and Doctorate. He held his first academic appointment as a lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London and later became Reader in Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 1968, he became Professor of Geography at the University of Reading.

Peter Hall was a founder member of the Regional Studies Association and the first editor of its journal Regional Studies. He has been a member of many British public bodies including the South East Regional Planning Council; the Social Science Research Council; the Environmental Board and the Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment.

From 1980 – 1992 Professor Hall was the Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1975 to 1980 he was Governor for the Centre for Environmental Studies. He received the Founder’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for distinction in research, a very rare honour, and he is an honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

In the United States, Professor Hall has given evidence to committees of Congress and of the California Legislature on the concept of the Enterprise Zone. He was a member of the Committee on the Future of the Automobile, convened by the American Academy of


Science, which reported in 1993. He convened the World Commission on 21st Century Urbanization and co-edited its report, which was the subject of a Berlin Conference this summer.

From 1991-1994 Professor Hall became Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the Environment. At around that time he also acted as an expert adviser to the Government of South Australia for the Strategic Review for Metropolitan Adelaide. In 1994 he was an adviser to the London and Continental Railway Company on the high-speed rail link from London to the Channel Tunnel. He directed the Bartlett, University College of London study of Four World Cities, and wrote the report on the Socio-Economic Assessment of London for the Association of London Government in 1997. In 1998 Professor Hall received a knighthood for services to town and country planning. Sir Peter Hall was a member of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Urban Task Force, which reported in 1999.

Sir Peter Hall has published over thirty books to great critical acclaim and has an international reputation for seminal work in his field. He has extensive research expertise and is currently co-principal investigator on the Economics and Social Research Council Cities Programme’s London Integrated City Study, 1998-2001.

Sir Peter Hall has been supportive of the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England, for many years. He is arguably the most senior academic in the field of urban geography and city planning in the world.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of the Built Environment on Thursday 16 November at 11.30am.

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