Bachelor of Science, University Sheffield, England, 1969. Master of Civic Design, University Liverpool, England, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, University Liverpool, England, 1985.
Planning officer, Lancashire County Council, Preston, England, 1969-1973;
senior planning officer, Greater Manchester (England) Council, 1973-1975;
lecturer civic design, U. Liverpool, 1975-1984;
senior lecturer, U. Liverpool, 1984-1987;
reader, U. Liverpool, 1987-1989;
Lever professor town and regional planning, head department civic design, U. Liverpool, 1989-1997;
dean faculty social and environmental studies, U. Liverpool, since 1997. Consultant Littlewoods Organisation, Liverpool, since 1978. Visiting research scholar geography University of Illinois, Urbana, 1981-1982.
Chairman Conference Heads of Planning Schools, 1990-1996.
Member Mersey Basin Campaign Council, since 1999. Fellow Royal Society Arts, Royal Statistical Society, Royal Town Planning Institute. Member Regional Science Association International (president 1997-1998), Russian Academy Architect and Construction Sciences (foreign), Academy Learned Societies in the Social Sciences (academician).
Married Joyce Dover, January 25, 1975. Children: Rachel Alexandra, James Richard.