Personal profile

Academic Background

  • 1985: B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Sciences, Lancaster University
  • 1988: Ph.D.  Thesis title: The simulation of lava flows with small scale models; Lancaster University
  • 1992: Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment; University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Administrative Posts


  • Chair of Extenuating Circumstances Panel
  • Course Director, MSc Environmental Assessment and Management
  • Module Director, ENV-7020A Environmental Assessment Theory
  • Module Director, ENV-7021K Environmental Assessment Effectiveness


I am a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management at the University of East Anglia, have over 20 years' experience in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and am currently Course Director of a full-time MSc programme on Environmental Assessment and Management.

Much of my research (some funded by the European Commission and some by Defra) has been focussed in the nuclear field, particularly with respect to the application of environmental assessment at project and strategic levels to the problem of radioactive waste management and nuclear power plant decommissioning. I am currently a member of the Sustainability Assessment Group of the Nuclear Decommisiong Authority's Radioactive Waste Management Directorate. 

The energy theme continues through recent work looking at the potential implications of biomass crop planting (of willow and miscanthus) on a regional scale in England. I have also conducted research on improving the consideration of health in planning for the Welsh Assembly Government and have been involved in HIA research projects for the UK Environment Agency, Health Development Agency, Health Protection Agency and World Health Organization. I chair the publications committee of the International Association for Impact Assessment and am on the editorial boards of both Environmental Impact Assessment Review, and Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. On the professional side, I work with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) as a member of their Technical Sub-committee. 

PhD Studentships Available


Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. Feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.




  • 19/9/88-26/7/91: Research Technologist with Mars Confectionary, Dundee Road, Slough, Berks, SL1 4JX, U.K.
  • 1/10/92-30/9/94: Research Assistant, EIA Unit, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
  • 1/10/94-30/6/03: Lecturer (Course Supervisor, EIA M.Sc. by distance learning), EIA Unit, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • 1/07/03-present: Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia


Key Research Interests

My research interests revolve around the effectiveness of decision-making tools, including Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Assessment.  This long standing interest has been reflected in research contracts and publications over the last 20 years, and encompasses research on discourses associated with the goals of impact assessment techniques.

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Areas of Expertise

Environmental impact assessment; sustainability appraisal; strategic environmental assessment.

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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