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.  
Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:16

UK Launch of "Leading Change" book

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My latest book, "Leading Change: Delivering the New Urban Agenda through Urban and Territorial Planning" will have its UK launch at the conference "Think Planning - Think Global" on 22 March, 2018. The conference is part of the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April. Speakers at the half-day event in Birmingham will focus on how planning skills are being used to tackle major global issues - rapid urbanisation, poverty and climate change. Case study examples will be presented from Sierra Leone, South Africa and the Caribbean. Speakers include Clive Harridge, PPRTPI, of Wood plc, who when not at his day job is the secretary-general of the Commonwealth Association of Planners, Dr.Lauren Andres from the University of Birmingham, and speakers from Arcadis LLP, HTA Design LLP, and One World Link, who have been working with the Prince's Foundation for Building Commiunities to develop a toolkit to help plan for urban expansion.

My own contribution will be to launch the Leading Change book, which can be downloaded here. The publication was supported by UN-Habitat, the South African Local Government Association and the South African Department of Human Settlements, and was presented at the recent World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur. It supplements the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning that were issued by UN-Habitat in 2015, and were the work of an international expert group of planners and designers led by former Commonwealth Association of Planners President Christine Platt. Leading Change challenges planners to rethink and reprioritise their practices to address 21st century issues. It includes several mini-case studies from different parts of the world, including the UK, that show how planning is being reinvented in exciting ways.

Places at the conference and the full programme can be accessed here.

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