Areas of expertise
Research and consultancy expertise in urban regeneration; place making; community development; healthy cities; place-identity; Expert adviser on sustainable development; SUE expert; Culture and cities; heritage and urban design.
Academician and Academy of Urbanism Regional Co-ordinator;
Urban Design Group, Chair- Book Awards Scheme;
Jury panel member : Infrastructure Commission, CAMCOX ( Cambridge to Oxford growth corridor);
Editorial Board Member; Journal of Urban Design; Town Planning Review; Urban Design International; International Journal of Sustainable Urban Development; Urbani IZZIV; Regular book reviews for Routlege/Taylor and Francis.
Research Grants Reviews:ESRC; AHRC; EPSRC; Slovene Research Academy of Science.
Recognised as SUE (Sustainable Urban Environments ) expert; awarded a number of awards for innovative research projects : CABE-Geographical Association; CLG-UrbanBUZZ; Partnership Award for teachning innovation).
Membership of professional bodies
Member of the ICCC (International Council for Caring Communities); Urban Design Group; Academy of Urbanism.
Expert panel member -ESRC- Sustainable Cities grants; Jury member- Infrastructure Commission -CAMkOX.
RTPI Partnership Board (OBU) member;
Chair of the QAA Planning subject benchmarking and Quality Assurance (2016)-
Oxford Inspires bid- Expert member; Expert member -SUE (Sustainable Urban Environments);
Jury panel on several UK and International urban design, Architecture and Planning competitions.
External Examiner at Liverpool John Moores; Reading; and UCL (all at postgraduate levels)
A large portfolio of UK and international consultancies including: Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Peru,Thailand, Vietnam, Qatar, Malaysia. Projects include housing regeneration; urban regeneration; public open space design; community engagement; urban growth management; new towns development and evaluation; healthy cities; open space evaluation.
Concultancy projects for UK government (DoE; ODPM; DCLG) and Local Authorities ( West Dorset District Council: Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils; Cherwell District Council; Nottingham City Council; Bolsover District Council).
AESOP - Panelist for Urban Design Education (Lisbon-2017);
UDG - Urban Design Education (London-2018);
Keynote speaker at a joint Oxford Brookes/Harvard Graduate School of Design conference on disaster management (Boston- 2016);
Keynote speaker at Vice- Chancellor's , Nottinghal Trent University, Annual Lecture on Community Developemnt (2017);
Keynote speaker at New Towns Conference, Porto, (2016);
Conference convenor- Planning Research Conference, OBU, 2016); Conference convenor (OBU and Urban Design Group0 on Place Making and Urban Design (2015)
Trustee- Oxford Preservation Trust (2001-2011);
Member of various jury panels for UK and International projects.
Former Chair of Oxford Brookes University Research Degree Committee (2007-2017) and HESS Sub-Committee.
Former Head of the Department of Planning, OBU, 2001-2015.
Former Co-Chair, Joint Centre for Urban Design, 1991-2001; Deputy Head of the Department of Planning, OBU , 1997-2001