Cliff has operated as a freelance consultant since 2004. He does research, authors reports and is a facilitator and trainer. While at Heriot-Watt University he was also involved in contract research.

He has worked on numerous projects:

  • With Spatial Foresight GmbH ( ) to deliver research-based reports for the ESPON Co-ordination Unit on European territorial development and policy.
  • With the Royal Town Planning Institute ( to deliver the UK National Contact Point for the ESPON 2013 programme. 
  • As an external expert for the Royal Town Planning Institute on transnational projects within the ESPON 2013 programme.
  • For the ESPON 2013 Co-ordination Unit as a peer reviewer on Sounding Boards for research projects.
  • On European Union INTERREG projects.
  • On other European projects.
  • On Commonwealth, international and global projects.
  • On UK projects.  
Monday, 09 November 2015 16:20

Afghanistan celebrates World Town Planning Day

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Minister for Urban Development, Sadat Naderi,  highlighted the Urban National Priority Programme as Afghanistan's new framework for urban sustainability and planning according international planning standards, building upon the country's first ever ‘State of Afghan Cities 2015 Report’, recently published with support from UN-Habitat.

However, the  event had been opened by a group of local boys and girls giving their aspitations for the future. President Ghani referred to these hopes when he spoke. He called for a more just and social approach to urban development, including the urban poor and vulnerable groups in society, through better partnerships between public sector, private sector and civil society.

For UN-Habitat, Matthew French emphasized UN-Habitat’s commitment to building stronger urban institutions and supporting the government to improve tenure security for the millions of urban dwellers in Afghan cities. Earlier this year, UN-Habitt published a Discussion Paper on housing in Afghanistan which noted that over 70% of households in cities are living in informal housing with limited access to services such as water, sanitation, and electricity.


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