David Adams BSc, MA, PGCert
Lecturer in Planning
David is a Lecturer in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment and has worked for Birmingham City University since 2008. Prior to this David was a Planning Policy and Research Officer at Staffordshire County Council and started his career as Planning Assistant at North West Leicestershire District Council.
During his time at Staffordshire County Council, David was employed as a Planning Research and Information Officer within the Research Unit. The Research Unit underpins the strategic planning, highways and transportation work of the County Council by providing the key information which helps the Council's policy makers to understand the changing character, trends and issues affecting Staffordshire. More specifically, David was engaged with providing technical expertise that filtered into policy guidance for some key areas of regional/strategic planning and corporate activity.In accordance with the provisions set out in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, a large focus of his work was based around contributing to the County Council’s role of giving advice to the Regional Planning Body that has fed into the partial review of the West Midlands Regional Strategy.
Lecturer in Environmental Management and Policy
2011-present: Birmingham City University, Lecturer in Environmental Management and Policy
2006-2011: Forest Research, Band 4 Researcher in the Social and Economic Research Group. Project Leader in Sustainable Forest Management; project design, management, communicating research findings internally and externally (journal articles, reports, research summaries, conference presentations, newsletter articles/updates, press releases). Lead/contributor in several national research / evaluation projects and an EU-funded research project.
2003-2006: Macaulay Institute, Band 6-PD Researcher in Socio-Economics and Environmental Management. Coordinator (jointly with Wendy Kenyon) of project on ‘Participatory Approaches to Science and Technology’ (PATH) under the EC FPVI Science and Society programme, 2004-2006. Project manager of the scoping study ‘Achieving Sustainable Catchment Management: Developing integrated approaches and tools to inform future policies’, UK RELU programme, 2004-2005.
2002-2003: Macaulay Institute, Researcher. Project Manager for European thematic network ‘Consultative Institutions: Values and Information in a Changing Society’ (CIVICS). Chair of the Organising and Scientific Committees for international conference (ecological economics).
1998-2001: University of Cambridge, Research Associate. Project Manager for Cambridge Research for the Environment (CRE), Department of Land Economy. Management of three European projects: (i) Frontiers in Ecological Economics (FRONTIERS): two EC-supported high-level scientific conferences with 100-120 participants each; conference secretary and organiser for first conference; advisor for the second; (ii) EC Concerted Action on Environmental Valuation in Europe (EVE) which involved 15 partners from 8 European countries; and (iii) the European Science Foundation funded Social Psychology and Economics in Environmental Research (SPEER) which involved 9 partners from 5 European countries.
1996-1998: UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development (UK CEED), Research and Publications Officer, Editor of the UK CEED Bulletin. Research activities mainly focused on assessing the scientific validity and meaningfulness of environmental information presented in corporate environmental reports.
Professor Peter Larkham BA, PhD, FRGS
Professor and Senior Academic
Peter is a Professor and Senior Academic in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment.
Following a PhD in urban geography, Peter remained for several years at the University of Birmingham working on projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust and British Academy, before coming to the then Birmingham Polytechnic in 1991.
Peter has published over 60 refereed journal papers, written and edited several books, and presented numerous papers at conferences in the UK and worldwide.
Dr Nick Morton BSocSci (Hons), PhD, PGCert, NTF
Head of School
Nick is Head of Birmingham School of the Built Environment, having joined what is now Birmingham City University in 2003. He was Course Leader for the School’s RTPI-accredited undergraduate planning degrees for a number of years, including leading the design of the BSc (Hons) Planning & Development route in 2006, and was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies to overview the entire BSc programme in 2008. In 2010 he was appointed Head of his department, which in 2011 was renamed Birmingham School of the Built Environment to coincide with moving to the City Centre Campus at Millennium Point. He was elected Vice-Chair of the UK’s Council of Heads of the Built Environment (CHOBE) in 2012.
Prior to joining the University, he completed a PhD in urban geography and planning at the University of Birmingham in 1998, and worked on number of research projects, including as Principal Researcher on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project entitled Historical Layering and the Form of Urban Regeneration. He also held various Visiting Lecturer posts at UCE Birmingham (as it was then called), the University of Leicester, and the University of Wolverhampton.
In recognition of his innovative classroom teaching and track record in curriculum development, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2006, building upon a University Teaching Fellowship won in 2005. As part of a cross-University research team, he secured one of the first round of National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Projects, worth £200,000, in 2007.
He has also carried out consultancy work for Birmingham City Council and Stratford upon Avon District Council, and his most recent publication, ‘Drawing lines on maps: morphological regions and planning practices’ (with Professor P.J. Larkham), appears in the October 2011 edition of the journal Urban Morphology.
Dan Roberts BA (Hons), BPl, PGDip(DBE), MA(Con) MRTPI
Dan is a Senior Lecturer in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment.
He joined Birmingham City University as a part time Senior Lecturer in June 2008.In addition, he has over 20 years' experience as a planner in the public sector, backed by qualifications in Town & Country Planning, Urban Design and Building Conservation. Dan currently works part time as Conservation & Urban Design Manager with Lichfield District Council. Before joining Lichfield, he worked at Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council for over 15 years, in a number of posts covering local plans, policy and projects, area-based regeneration and development control, before becoming the Regeneration Manager for Built Conservation & Urban Design at Walsall MBC.
Nicki Schiessel Harvey MSc, ARTPI, AIEMA
Lecturer in Business and Professional Skills
Nicki spent four years as an environmental planning consultant at Atkins Planning, Landscape and Heritage in Birmingham, focusing on EIA, Sustainability Appraisal and socio-economic assessment work on a range of public and private sector projects. This followed an early career in tourism management across Asia, several years’ tourism lecturing in the UK, and an MSc in Environmental Management and Tourism, where her dissertation focused on the use of socioeconomic assessment in planning and funding waterways restoration projects. She then became a research analyst at the West Midlands Regional Observatory, the research arm of Advantage West Midlands. There she worked with a range of data sources to manage the evidence base for Regional policymaking.
Nicki returned to academia as a PhD researcher attached to the URSULA (Urban Rivers and Sustainable Living Agendas) research project at the University of Sheffield, drawing on her heritage and environmental assessment experience in examining the ways changing values attached to urban waterways influence planning for urban waterway corridors.
Professor Alister Scott
Professor of Spatial Planning and Governance
Alister is a social scientist and human geographer with specialist interests in sustainable rural land use, spatial planning, public engagement and landscape problems. He is a dedicated team player who possesses skills in leadership, self-management, organisation and innovation; and a creative thinker and doer who thrives on challenge.
2010 - present
Birmingham City University: Reader in Spatial Planning MASP
2009 - 2010
Birmingham City University: Senior Lecturer Spatial Planning MASP
2008 - 2009
University of Waikato: Director of Environmental Planning
2006 - 2008
University of Aberdeen; Director of Research: Centre of Planning and Environmental Management
2005 - 2008
Scottish Natural Heritage: Area Board Member/Local Advisor (2 days per month)
2004 - 2006
Macaulay Land Use Research Institute: Acting Science Leader Socio-Economic Research Programme (SERP)
1996 - 2004
Institute of Rural Studies/Sciences, University of Wales Aberystwyth: Head of Countryside Management
1988 - 1996
Welsh Agricultural College, Aberystwyth: Head of Countryside Management
1986 - 1988
Dartmoor National Park: Assistant Conservation Officer
Matthew Smith BSc
Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment. He is Course Director for BSc (Hons) Real Estate.
Before joining Birmingham City University he worked for Colliers Bigwood and Bewlay, Chesterton plc and King Sturge & Co. in the fields of agency, insolvency and compulsory purchase but mostly in valuation and development appraisal.