db+a is an urban planning and research consultancy. We develop and provide services that help create healthy, sustainable and resilient urban environments, specialising in new ways of integrating mainstream health and sustainability services more effectively. To each project we bring detailed knowledge of viable delivery of exemplar neighbourhoods. Our clients are landowners, investors, developers, governments, authorities, housing associations and communities: stakeholders with long-term interests. We work with an established network of independent knowledge leaders in economics, climate change adaptation, data mapping and systems analysis, tailoring cutting edge innovation to each client's specific needs. Our methods increase trust, promote collaboration and reduce risk in order to allow healthy prosperity within environmental limits.
Daniel Black specialises in urban development decision-making, and focuses on health and sustainability. Having spent many years learning about processes and detail downstream in a range of urban disciplines including transport, urban design, building construction and community engagement, he now leads research into decision-making that takes place upstream: governance, partnerships, corporate strategy, risk management. Daniel has been Non-Executive Director of his family's multi-award winning development company, Clipper Estates, for over a decade. Since setting up as an independent consultant in 2012 he has won £750,000 in research funding from InnovateUK, NERC and the Wellcome Trust and has been commissioned to assess the health and sustainability of three high profile super-major developments in Bristol. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at UWE Bristol and works closely with the World Health Organisation Centre for Healthy Urban Environments there as well as multiple other universities, academics and consultants, particularly at the Universities of Bath, Bristol, and Reading’s Henley Business School.
Alongside the may academic and consultant partners Daniel works with on the research projects, he is supported by a superb team:
- Jen Gill, Administration & Management
- Ingrid Lye, Marketing and Support
- Hannah Lewis, Accounting
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