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.  

The recent decision by Alphabet to scrap its ambitious waterfront regeneration project in Toronto is a landmark in the short history of smart cities.

Friday, 01 May 2020 11:04

Planning for a car-driven future

"Good design can discourage cycle use, make roads safer and restore pavements to pedestrians and parked vehicles..."

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 14:56

Why the CV19 pandemic is a planning issue

The global pandemic raises some important questions about the links between public health and planning.

Inside the slums and gated communities the opportunities and obstacles to sustainable and inclusive urban development can be seen.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:45

City Spread and New Neighbourhoods

A major study of health, education and sustainability in rapidly growing cities poses some difficult questions for public policy makers.

Pakistan is suffering from chronic underinvestment in urban planning.

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How can cities in the rapidly urbanising world benefit from Smart City approaches to urban management?

Guest blogger Klaus Kunzmann explores a mueum devoted to the history of urban planning in a Chinese city.

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

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Monday, 14 November 2016 13:06

Trump, planning and cities

The guest blog by Klaus Kunzmann reflecting on the likely impact of Trumps's victory prompted me to respond with some more ideas.

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