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Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, University of Liverpool

Alex Nurse leads research on local and urban governance. He has published on sub-national governance in England post-Brexit, levelling up, urban planning (the 20-minute and 15-minute city theories, active travel, blue and green space, cycling and walking infrastructure), city regionalism, environmental urbanism and community-led governance.

He has lead research on urban cycling, including how we can get more people riding bikes in cities and how COVID-19 has changed the way we travel around our cities.

His latest book, Rescaling Urban Governance: Planning, Localism and Institutional Change, was published on Policy Press in 2020.


  • 2022–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Liverpool
  • 2017–2022
    Lecturer, University of Liverpool
  • 2012–2017
    Research associate, University of Liverpool


  • 2012 
    University of Liverpool, PhD