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Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure into Planning Policy (Advert Reference: SF18/GES/SCOTT)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

This project will undertake an assessment of local plans across England, Wales and Scotland drawing upon a methodology pioneered by Hislop and Scott 2018. This will provide an accurate assessment of how effective planning policy is at the present time across the devolved UK (including an assessment of national guidance) and enable a suite of model policies to be proposed. This is primarily a desk based study with all information available online. The idea is to cover ALL extant local plans

Using the model policies a set of case studies will be identified to track through what happens in reality and what are the benefits or otherwise of using the model policies. This will involve a combination of desk study and interviews with planning officers, developers and other third party interests. The work will also look at the development pipeline to cover areas of often missing research at the pre and post planning stages.

The student would also be able to benefit from my own work on green infrastructure which adds to merits of this PhD.

Please note eligibility requirement:

* Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
* Appropriate IELTS score, if required

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF18/GES/SCOTT) will not be considered.

Start Date: 1 March 2019 or 1 June 2019 or 1 October 2019

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded research project


Atlee AC, Reed MS, Carter CE, Scott AJ, Vella S, Hardman M, Neumann RK (2015) Tools for assessing ecosystem services futures: a review. CAB reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources 10: 1-13

Scott, A.J ,Carter, C., Hölzinger, O., Everard, M., Raffaelli, D., Hardman, M., Glass J Leach, K., Wakeford, R., Reed, M., Grace, M., Sunderland, T., Waters, R., Corstanje, R. Grayson, N., Harris, J and Taft, A. (2014) Tools – Applications, Benefits and Linkages for Ecosystem Science (TABLES), Final Report to the UNEPWMC Research Councils UK, Welsh Government and Defra June 2014., UNEP-WCMC,LWEC

Scott AJ , Shannon P and Hardman M, Miller, D. (2014) Evaluating the cumulative impact problem in spatial planning: a case study of wind turbines in Aberdeenshire, UK Town Planning Review, 85 (4) 457-486

McMorran Scott A.J and Price, M. (2014) Reconstructing sustainability; participant experiences of community land tenure in North West Scotland, Journal of Rural Studies 33 20-31

Scott, A.J., Carter, C.E., Larkham, P., Reed, M., Morton, N., Waters, R., Adams, D., Collier, D., Crean, C., Curzon, R., Forster, R., Gibbs, P., Grayson, N., Hardman, M., Hearle, A., Jarvis, D., Kennet, M. Leach, K., Middleton, M., Schiessel, N., Stonyer, B., Coles, R. (2013) Disintegrated Development at the Rural Urban Fringe Disintegrated Scott (2011) : Re-connecting spatial planning theory and practice Progress in Planning 83 1-52

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