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BSc(Hons) (Aberystwyth), MSc (Manchester), PhD (Manchester)

I gained a BSc (Honours) in Microbiology from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and then a Masters in Pollution and Environmental Control in Biological Sciences at University of Manchester, followed by a PhD on upland land use and its affect on water quality in the catchment of Stocks Reservoir in the Forest of Bowland.

In 1988, I joined the EIA Centre and was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Centre and also for several projects. I have been involved in various research projects including European projects such as the five year review of implementation of the EIA Directive (85/337/EEC), a European Community-wide EIA training programme, and archaeology and EIA in North West Europe, as well as UK-based work involving monitoring environmental assessment and planning, the effect of EIA on planning decisions, the role of monitoring and post-auditing in EIA, scoping practice in England, and practice in EIA for offshore oil and gas developments.

Current responsibilities:

Programme Director MSc EIA & Management

Research interests

Current Research

  • EIA and the oil and gas sector
  • The role of bias in EIA


I have supervised 12 PhD students and recent topics include:

  • Petroleum Development and Biodiversity Conservation in Protected Areas
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal in Scotland and England
  • Management of Electronic Waste in the IT/ITES Service Sector in India
  • Managing domestic gardens collectively to promote urban biodiversity
  • Integration and implementation of mitigation banking within EIA
  • EIA and the transition to sustainable behaviour
  • Framework for Understanding and Analysing the Benefits of Multifunctional Urban Green Spaces

I am interested in supervising further research related to both EIA and SEA and biodiversity related themes and welcome informal approaches to discuss potential topics.

Prizes and awards

2009 Outstanding Service to IAIA

1997 Manchester EIA Centre, Institutional Award, IAIA

Further information

In my spare time I tend to be found nature watching - mainly bird watching, but also mammals, reptiles, amphibians and now plants! or walking or reading, with some intermittent gardening!

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Pollution and Environmental Control, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 15 Dec 1992

Doctor of Philosophy, Upland Land Use and Impacts on Water Quality, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 15 Dec 1992

Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Aberystwyth University

Award Date: 16 Jul 1981

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Manchester Urban Institute


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