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

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.

Earlier this week I was honoured to receive the OBE for services to planning, at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.

Ruthless developers are literally undermining a Kenyan school in an attempt to capture the rights to valuable land, alleges a priest with wide experience of the country.

Planners on an innovative post-graduate course in Zambia are being trained to understand how informal development operates and how to deliver pro-poor planning.

A Brexit-induced crash in the markets seems likely to set the framework for the work of planners in the months ahead.

I am pleased to confirm that I will become Chair of the Cockburn Association in June, when the present Chair, Lord Brodie, steps down.

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