I am an academic and chartered town planner with an interest in integrated approaches to planning and in particular the integration of environmental concerns into policies, plans and programmes. I have acted as an advisor to government departments, government agencies, regional and local authorities and NGO’s. Much of my work has focussed on sustainable development particularly in relation to coastal and marine areas. I have been at the forefront of the theory and practice of Marine Spatial Planning and I’m currently engaged in a range of projects assisting the rollout of new marine planning and marine management arrangements across the Celtic and European Seas. As a planning academic my work here includes: involvement in the preparation of a management plan for the Mersey Estuary; leading a DETR funded study on Integrated Coastal Planning in the North West, coordinating an ESRC/NERC funded Trans-disciplinary Seminar Series on New Approaches to Managing Ecosystem Services in the Marine Environment; organising two ESRC funded workshops aimed at encouraging international partnership working in support of integrated marine spatial planning in the Irish Sea and leading ESPON Research Projects on Territorial Development of European Seas and Maritime Spatial Planning and land-sea interactions. I am also responsible for the development of Good Practice Guidelines for MSFD and terrestrial planning as part of the Celtic Seas Partnership Project.