Professor of Environmental and Spatial Planning, School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Alister’s teaching and research revolves around planning and the environment, the balance between urban rural inter-relationships and environmental governance.
As an Area Board member of Scottish National Heritage, he has played a leading role in the development of the Landscape Forum in Scotland. He has been recognised for his landscape expertise, offering keynote lectures and papers for the Institute of Welsh Affairs and Europarc.
Alister focuses primarily on policy-related problems and issues with planning reforms, and has been interviewed by The Guardian, Radio 4 and ITV, as well as contributing regularly to the Birmingham Post.
He won the Royal Town Planning Institute West Midlands Planning Leaders Award 2012 and has pioneered the development of Rufopoly, an interactive game centred on issues around the rural urban fringe.
- Urban–rural inter-relationships
- Ecosystem services and environmental planning
- UK planning policy
- Birmingham Post (January 2014)
Contributed an opinion piece on working with nature in planning – related to flooding
- Birmingham Mail (April 2014)
Commented as Birmingham City University was shortlisted for the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards
- Leading Britain’s Conversation (May 2014)
Discussed fracking and those affected