I am Associate Professor in Environmental Governance with teaching and research interests in the relationship between different land uses, communities and policies as well as innovations that can result from local decision making.
My research for the past 25 years has mainly focused on changes in agriculture, activities that enhance the environment, how people engage with nature and developing inclusive solutions to complex issues for UK government departments and the European Commission.
I am recognised as an expert in integrated catchment management, landscape-scale management and nature-based solutions.
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers (2000)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2001)
Member of the International Society for the Study of the Commons (2006)
As Associate Professor in the Countryside and Community Research Institute, I oversee a wide range of research that covers some of the greatest issues the world faces today, such as global warming, food security and biodiversity loss.
My own research looks at innovative approaches to the way we respond to issues such as environmental decline and the collaborative ways in which different communities are responding to this and the national policies developed.
Common land and village greens
Natural flood management
Co-design, participatory and collaborative approaches
Evaluator for applications to the Ostrom Award
External Examiner at Birmingham City University for Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Planning postgraduate courses