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 (http://www.spatialforesight.eu/spatial-foresight.html ) to deliver research-based reports for the ESPON Co-ordination Unit on European territorial development and policy.
  • With the Royal Town Planning Institute (www.rtpi.org.uk) 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.  

EU INTERREG projects

The INTERREG programmes aim to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments within Europe. It promotes international cooperation and exchange of know-how between partners engaged in the making and delivery of policies and actions for regional and local development.

Cliff has worked as an external expert on a number of INTERREG  projects.

  • Trans-in-Form (Baltic Sea Region, INTERREG 1V B), 2010-2012. www.tifpro.eu . The project sought to “make places vibrant and attractive”. The partners were mainly small rural municipalities form peripheral regions. Cliff facilitated workshops in Trakai, Potsdam, Valmiera and Warsaw and gave presentations. He undertook the final evaluation of the project. He also authored the Guidelines for New Narratives and Story Telling (http://www.tifpro.eu/wp4-new-narratives.164342.en.html ).      
  • Complex Urban Investment Tools - CoUrbIT (Central European, Adriatic, Danubian, and South East European Space, INTERREG IIIB), 2008. http://irm.krakow.pl/pl/interreg.html. Workshop presentation in Krakow. 
  • Innovation Circle – IC (Baltic Sea Region, INTERREG III B / TACIS), 2005-2007. http://www.innovationcircle.net/what-was-the-ic-project-all-about-.4449906-97753.html . The project sought to stimulate a culture of innovation and trigger long term development in rural districts and smaller and medium sized towns in the Baltic Sea Region. It led to the formation of the Innovation Circle Network (www.innovationcircle.net) Cliff was involved in the design of the project. He co-authored with Christabel Myers distance learning packs for the Innovation Academy on Innovation, Competitiveness and Spatial Development; Changing the Culture of Governance;  and Sustainability, Design and Innovation; and (with Christabel Myers, Vernena Hachmann and Marilyn Higgins) on Management for Innovative Projects. He also facilitated workshops in Cesis, Robertsfors, and Suwalki, and a follow-up workshop in Murmansk (under the TACIS programme) in June 2007.
  • Participation, Identity, Planning and Entrepreneurship – PIPE (INTERREG IIIB/PHARE), 2004. The project ran 2002-2004, and aimed to involve youth from small towns and rural regions in entrepreneurship and planning in their local area. Cliff was involved as a speaker in workshops in Turi and Ulricehamn, and wrote the evaluation report for the project. 
  • Quality by Identity: Beyond Traditional Spatial and Economic Development - NOORD XXI (North Sea INTERREG IIC) 1999-2001. While at Heriot-Watt University, Cliff worked on this project, mainly analysing strategic planning approaches in Aberdeenshire, East Lothian, Groningen Province and Vastra Gotoland Region.
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