We have the great privilege of working with some of the leading thinkers in the fields of urbanisation, health and sustainability. As our research takes us in to ever new and changing territory, we often team up with new people, but there are some researchers and advisors we have worked with more than others and we include those here. We work with lots of fantastic people so only include here the lead in each area. Most are based in and around South West UK (Bristol, Bath, Reading, Coventry, Cardiff). We also include consultancy partners, advisors and those who we rely on for the day to day running of the operation and are part of our core team here in Bristol.
Dr Alastair Hunt
Research Lead, Department of Economics, University of Bath
Dr Alistair Hunt is Lecturer in the Environment Group at Department of Economics, University of Bath. He has been responsible for economic analysis in climate impacts and adaptation research, including coordination of the UK Government's Costs of Climate Change Impacts project, and as lead economist on the UK's Climate Change Risk Assessment programme.
Alistair has worked on a series of recent EC research projects including as co-ordinator of ECONADAPT, and the CLIMATECOST and MEDIATION projects. He was a Contributing Author to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC and advises government ministries and agencies on a regular basis.
Visiting Professor in Public Health, University of Bristol; Chair of the Board of Governors, Soil Association; President of the Public Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine
Gabriel Scally is Visiting Professor of Public Health and Planning in the University of Bristol. Previously, he was Director the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments at UWE Bristol. Prior to joining UWE in 2012 he was a Regional Director of Public Health in England from 1994. In that role he was both a senior civil servant in the Department of Health and a Director in successive National Health Service bodies.
Prior to moving permanently to England he was Chief Administrative Medical Officer and Director of Public Health in the Eastern Health and Social Services Board from 1986 to 1993. Gabriel was a non-executive Director of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse and also co-chaired the Government’s advisory committee on sexual health.
Gabriel is currently President of the Royal Society of Medicine's Public Health Section and a member of the Governing Council of the World Federation of Public Health Association. He has co-authored the standard textbook on public health in the UK, has edited a further book, contributed chapters to several and authored a substantial number of papers in professional journals. This included the landmark paper on ‘clinical governance’ following some of the major clinical failures in services in England.
Recent work has included reviewing for the Government the regulation of public health professionals, chairing a review of NHS commissioning of services for people with learning disabilities and advising a Judicial Inquiry into a series of childhood deaths in Northern Ireland.
Gabriel was born and brought up in Belfast. After attending St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School he qualified in medicine at the Queen’s University of Belfast. He went on to train first in general practice and then in public health; including postgraduate study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Apart from public health, major interests are cycling and London Irish Rugby Football Club.
CHAIR IN REAL ESTATE Development and Director of Research, Real Estate and Planning, henley business school; associate director global city planning, globalization of world cities (Gawc) research network
Kathy’s research focuses on sustainable global city development, governance and planning in the contemporary networked world economy. She is a Co-Director of the international Globalization & World Cities (GaWC) Network heading up Global City Planning, a Fellow of the Young Foundation, London, and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 'Vision for Cities' Global Sustainability Task Group. Kathy's research has informed academic and policy thinking on urban and regional development processes in the UK, Europe, North America, the United Arab Emirates and the Pacific Asia region, including: the UK Treasury Fourth Economic Test for entry to Economic Monetary Union on the financial services industry and City wholesale markets; South East England Statutory Regional Policy Guidance Review; Canada's Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative; Mega-City Region development of the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) China; United States Regional Plan Association, US ‘Mega-Regions’ research; New South Wales, Australia, Department of State and Regional Development Planning for the Sydney global city-region; the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development on Abu Dhabi global city development and sustainability; strategy for the East Asian Pan-Yellow Sea Region (PYSR).
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Prof Bill Gething
Professor of Architecture, UWE Bristol
Prof Bill Gething is one of the UK's foremost specialists in architecture and sustainability. He was the technical lead on Innovate UK’s £5m Design for Future Climate programme supporting 47 large scale building projects across the UK, which completed in 2014 and attempted to test how buildings could best adapt to extreme weather and a changing climate. He authored the three books that resulted including: 'Design for Climate Change' and the 'Niche or Mainstream? The business case for adapting buildings to climate change'. He was Sustainability Advisor to the President of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 2003 to 2009 and is currently Vice Chair of BRE Global’s Governing Body. He lead the concept design and planning workgroup for the 'Zero Carbon Hub Design versus As Built Performance' programme. Bill joined the Stirling Prize-winning architectural and urban design practice of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in 1980, was made a partner in 1983. He was personally involved with the design and implementation of many of the projects that contributed to the practice's reputation as leaders in the field. Bill left the partnership in 2009 to develop an independent architecture and sustainability consultancy. He is retained as FCB Studios’ sustainability consultant,and is also a consultant to Max Fordham, the leading building services engineering consultancy, where he mentors their growing sustainability group. He became Professor of Architecture at the University of the West of England in 2013
Dr PAUL PILKINGTON
SENIOR LECTURER, Department of HEALTH AND APPLIED SCIENCES, UWE BRISTOL
Paul Pilkington is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health in the Department of Health and Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. He leads the Environment and Sustainability for Health Improvement research theme, based in the Public Health and Wellbeing Research Group. The theme advances research across the university on issues relating to healthy and sustainable environments, bringing together researchers from public health with those across the university and beyond.
Taking a socio-ecological approach to public health, Paul’s research interests centre on how the promotion of healthy and sustainable environments can impact on population level health and wellbeing. Paul has a particular interest in the relationship between the built environment and health, particularly issues relating to road safety (measures to reduce danger in the road environment) and spatial planning (the better consideration of health in the planning process).
Paul is an experienced teacher, and contributes to teaching on the highly successful MSc Public Health, and the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme, as well as other courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels across the university.
Paul is a Specialty Tutor on the Public Health Specialty Training Programme in the South West, leading the development and management of specialty training provision at UWE. He is also an Academic Supervisor, member of the Regional Training Committee, and an Assessor on the National Public Health Specialty Training Assessment Centre. Paul is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and has completed NHS higher specialist training in public health, being registered on the UK Register for Public Health Specialists.
Paul is a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals, including Public Health, Journal of Public Health, Journal of Transport and Health, and Injury Prevention. Paul is also a member of the SHINE Health Integration Team in Bristol.
Paul is Co-Primary Investigator in a major new project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, entitled Moving health and sustainability upstream into strategic urban development decision making.
Prof Sue CHARLESWORTH
Professor of URBAN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY OF COVENTRY - CENTRE FOR AGROECOLOGY, WATER AND RESILIENCE
Susanne Charlesworth is a Professor in Urban Physical Geography at Coventry University in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. She is the author of more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles on urban pollution and SUDS, many book chapters, and has co-edited books on aquatic sedimentology and water resources. She collaborates with groups internationally and has given papers at international conferences worldwide
Sustainable drainage (SUDS) seemed like the logical move from my earlier interest in urban sedimentology and geochemistry associated with rivers, streams, soil and street dusts. These materials can be highly polluted and in developed countries 85% of people live in urban areas, worldwide >50% live in cities. With climate change and the problems associated with greenhouse gases, there needs to be a means of tackling these issues with a multiple benefit, flexible approach, and SUDS can offer such a management strategy. However, its uptake in England and Wales is less than would be hoped, so through my research I would like to be able to be instrumental in providing the information necessary to encourage its uptake by practitioners and stakeholders.
Public health specialist
Salim Vohra was Director of the Centre for Health Impact Assessment at the Institute of Occupational Medicine between 2007 and 2013 and is an expert in the applied science of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and am an internationally recognised HIA consultant, researcher and trainer.
As an HIA expert Salim is interested in how environmental and social factors in the broadest sense affect individual and population health and wellbeing; how health impacts and risks are perceived in society; and how we can come together to balance the health and wellbeing positives and negatives in global, societal and local community policy and decision-‐making so that they lead to better environmental, social and health outcomes.
He has broad experience of public health and also have expertise in health in other impact assessments (e.g. EIA, SEA, ESHIA); integrated impact assessment; healthy public policy; health in all policies; healthy urban planning; community consultation and stakeholder engagement.
He is a lecturer in health promotion and public health at the University of West London, Conjoint Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Honorary Fellow at Staffordshire University, Editorial Board Member of Environmental Impact Assessment Review, and Founder-‐Director of Public Health by Design.
Advisor, Urban Development Delivery
1968 – 1984 Project manager with Grosvenor International, the offshore arm of the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate, working out of Honolulu on major projects in Hawaii and California. Property Investment Manager at Standard Life (Edinburgh) building up a significant property development and investment portfolio (approximately £1bn when left to start own company in 1984). Member of a number of RICS committees including “Land Use and Transport” and chairman of RICS research group into “Quality in Urban Design”.
1984 – 2011 Established private development company, Clipper Estates Limited, specialising in commercial and residential projects in the South West of England at varying scales. Founder and previous chairman of Ecos Trust, an award-winning educational charity set up specifically to demonstrate the benefits of a more sustainable way of designing and constructing our homes and work places. Our flagship mixed-use development project, Great Bow Yard, won 9 awards including CABE’s Building for Life’s Gold Standard. Development advisor on £70m low carbon mixed-use scheme, Baltic Wharf, Totnes. Chairman of South West branch of the Urban Villages Forum (until subsumed into The Princes Foundation) and co-author of their ‘Economics of Urban Villages’ Report. Property Investment Adviser to a number of corporate pension funds including Transport Development Group, British Shipbuilders and the £3bn Merchant Navy Officer’s Pension Fund.
Business Coach + lecturer, cardiff business school
Amy is the founding Director of The Executive Alchemist, and is passionate about the healthy leadership and organisational behaviours necessary for personal and business success. With over a decade at Directorship level, Amy combines a deep understanding of business with her training in brain-based science and how we can optimise our performance regardless of the complexity and uncertainty of our business environment. As a coach, Amy is solution-focused, working with clients to explore and pursue new ideas and alternative solutions with confidence and resilience. She attributes her success in corporate life to coaching – the coaching she was privileged to receive and that which she gave to her teams. Amy was appointed Director of London for super-brand learndirect before she was thirty; Head of Network Development two years later; and continued apace to a position on the Board of a scale up experiencing the overnight growth born of acquisition and merger, prior to founding The Executive Alchemist.