My research interests are drawn from my professional experience and I completed my PhD in Environment, Energy and Resilience at the University of Exeter in February 2022. My research, funded by ESRC and National Grid, broadly explores the real world problem of the tensions arising from public disengagement from planning for high voltage overhead power lines. The research investigates themes of space, place, identity and belonging through a Bourdieusian lens. I am currently exploring the transferability of my research into understanding public disengagement from climate change and understanding how we can frame this conversation in the future, particularly through planning.
My research interests are informed by a career in environmental consultancy, most recently working for Arup prior to joining the University of Liverpool. 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 years 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, .
In addition to Town Planning, my professional specialisms include:
- EIA coordination
- Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
- Stakeholder and community engagement
- Development Consent Orders
- Energy consents for pipelines, overhead power lines, wind farms and HVDC cables.