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Lecturer in Planning Geography and Planning


Personal Statement

My research interests are largely drawn from my professional planning experience and I completed my PhD in Environment, Energy and Resilience at the University of Exeter. My research, funded by ESRC and National Grid, broadly explored the real-world problem of the tensions arising from public disengagement from planning for high voltage overhead power lines. The research investigated themes of space, place, marginalisation, identity and belonging through a Bourdieusian lens. Outputs from the research included a novel conceptual framework and a new Typology of Engagement which can be applied to practice. I am currently exploring the transferability of my research into understanding public disengagement from other research areas such as climate futures. I undertake extensive knowledge exchange activities to share both research and practice based experience, particularly in relation to public engagement/disengagement, inclusive cities and planning for energy infrastructure.
My research interests are informed by a career in environmental consultancy, including working for Arup immediately prior to joining the University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in Planning. This has led to a commitment to both practice and research led teaching to widen student awareness. I am a Chartered Town Planner, a Chartered Landscape Architect and a Practitioner Member of IEMA with over 30 year’s experience, mainly working in private practice. I have worked as both a town planner and an environmental planner and my professional experience has been gained through working on a wide range of multi-disciplinary projects in England, Scotland and Wales, including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) for highways and energy transmission.
I partnered with Arup and the United Nations Development Programme on the award winning ‘Cities Alive: Designing Cities that work for women’ report which provides practical, actionable guidance to urban practitioners, city leaders and decision makers on how to make more gender-equitable cities. Diversity and intersectionality were at the heart of the project and proved that making cities better for women, ultimately means that they are better for everyone.

Prizes or Honours

  • International Collaboration of the Year (Shortlisted) (THE Awards, 2023)
  • RTPI Award for Research Excellence 2023 (Royal Town Planning Institute, 2023)
  • Commended for Partnership of the Year (Individual) (University of Liverpool, 2023)
  • Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Award (Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2023)
  • The Holford Prize (Department of Civic Design, University of Liverpool, 2011)