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.  

News items

The impacts of austerity in Greece have dropped out of the headlines, but not gone away.

A new report on the impact of Airbnb and similar platforms calls for tighter regulation.

A conference at the University of Birmingham on 22 March on "Planning Challenges in the Commonwealth" will be the venue for the UK launch of the book "Leading Change"

The exhibition at the Ninth World Urban Forum highlights the Asian embrace of Smart Cities.

The ninth World Urban Forum opens on 7 February 2018, and I am here in Kuala Lumpur and will be reporting on it on this website and on other social media.

Might plans for a make-over for Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens lead to a partial privatisation of an iconic public space?

A major project to compare urban practices in 14 cities will be led by a team based in Glasgow University in Scotland.

The planned reform of the planning system in Scotland will end in tears.

The Cockburn Association, Edinburgh's Civic Trust,  is seeking a new Director.

The first issue of a new journal gives insights to new ways of thinking about cities.

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