I specialise in marine spatial planning, both in teaching and research. I have led a number of research projects investigating the uptake of marine planning, especially within Europe, looking at the institutional arrangements being put in place and transboundary dimensions of these initiatives, and am currently leading the university's contribution to an EU-funded project on marine planning for the European Atlantic region.
I am also co-organising a number of international online events to encourage collaboration in marine planning, with partners in Israel, South Africa, Ghana and Japan.
My theoretical interests include the relevance of contemporary spatial theory to developing more responsive approaches to marine planning, focusing particularly on how this can assist with seascape characterisation.
I am Director of the Liverpool Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans (LISCO) which combines the marine and maritime expertise of the National Oceanography Centre, the University of Liverpool, and Liverpool John Moores University.
My academic background covers environmental science, management and assessment. I have held previous appointments at the University of Manchester and Sheffield Hallam University. My doctoral research was into the formation of local planning policy on electricity networks.
I am a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.