Dr. Nick  Wates Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Dr. Nick Wates

Nick Wates Associates

My core belief is that places work better if the people living and working in them are involved in their creation and management. Since the mid seventies I have been exploring ways to make this possible. I love making books, especially illustrated ones, and produce one every 5 years on average. My first book was a case study, the second a compendium, the third a polemic and since then its been handbooks and manuals. In 2020 I attained a PhD by Publication from the University of Brighton.


Nick Wates is a leading specialist on community planning and design. As a writer, researcher, practitioner and consultant, he has participated in, and chronicled, its development for over 35 years.

His most popular book is The Community Planning Handbook (Earthscan, 2000) which is also on the internet (www.communityplanning.net). Other books include Community Architecture (Penguin, 1987, with Charles Knevitt) and The Community Planning Event Manual (Earthscan, 2008). All three have been widely translated. In 2020 he attained a PhD by Publication at the University of Brighton. Four of the five books submitted are published by Routledge. His thesis, Making Place Better, can be downloaded free here.

Born in 1951, he graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Architecture, Planning, Building and Environmental Studies and a Diploma in Development Planning from University College London. He has facilitated numerous community planning events in the UK and overseas and directed local regeneration initiatives, including the Hastings Urban Conservation Project in the early nineties.

In 2011 he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts based on his ‘experience and expertise in urban planning and design’ and his ‘work to provide an accessible resource of best practice information in CommunityPlanning.net’.

Nick lives in Hastings, East Sussex and has two children, Mae and Max.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Community architecture
    Community planning
    Participatory editing
    Urban design
    Urban regeneration

Personal Interests

    Choir - see Soundwaves Community Choir, Hastings www.soundwaveschoir.org.uk
    Lake District, Cumbria
    Local history



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