Ali Madanipour is professor of urban design and director of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at Newcastle University, UK. In 2010 he was the City of Vienna senior visiting professor at the Technical University of Vienna, and in 2011 the Wits-Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has published numerous books on planning, design, development and management of cities, which have been translated into many languages. His more recent publications include Critical Concepts in the Built Environment: Planning Theory (2015), Reconsidering Localism, (2015), Urban Design, Space and Society (2014) and Knowledge Economy and the City: Spaces of knowledge (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.