Making Planning Work: A guide to approaches and skills (2006)

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The Development of Planning Thought: A Critical Perspective


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Regional and Local Economic Development

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Place Identity, Participation and Planning

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Book-Programmes! Programmes!: Football Programmes from War-Time to Lockdown

Programmes! Programmes!: Football Programmes from War-Time to Lockdown

Cliff books Progrmmers

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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 18:12

UK projects

Planning Aid for Scotland

Planning Aid for Scotland (now PAS) is a social enterprise that seeks to build active citizenship.

  • In 2007 Cliff worked with Kerstin Deuling from PAS to create SP=EED as a practical guide to community engagement in planning. It has since been updated and continues to be used.

Welsh Assembly Government

  • In 2007 Cliff was sub-contracted by ECOTEC to contribute to a study on approaches to making national planning policy – international comparisons.

UK projects while at Heriot-Watt University

Cliff was part of research teams that delivered a number of practice-oriented reports for policy-makers. These include:


Support to Palestinians at risk of displacement in Israeli Controlled Area C of the West Bank, 2014-15.

  • Within this DFID-funded project, Cliff produced a scoping study of planning issues in Area C of the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territory, led an International Advisory Board of experienced professional planners that looked at plans submitted for Palestinian villages, wrote the report for the Board, and organised a UK study visit for a group of senior officials from Ramallah that was led by the Deputy Minister for Local Government. The report is at

Commonwealth Secretariat

Developing Urban Planning Education, 2011.

  • Cliff organised and reported on a workshop at the World Planning schools Conference in Perth, Western Australia, to explore the scope for outreach, accreditation and lifelong learning to support the planning profession in rapidly urbanising Commonwealth countries.

Managing urbanisation in small developing states, 2011.


Hungarian EU Presidency

The Territorial State and Perspectives of the European Union:  Update 2011

  • Cliff did the language editing for this report, 2011.

Department for International Development

Making Planning Work, 2006.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 18:02

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.

  • TENTacle - Capitalising on TEN-T Core Network Corridors for Prosperity, Groth and Cohesion (Baltic Sea Region, INTERREG V Transport Flagship project 2016-19). The project aims increase stakeholder awareness of the potential benefits from the TEN-T network corridors, and address gaps in the network. Cliff has worked on the Central Scandinavian Borderland case study and also contributed work on China's Belt and Road strategy. (
  • Trans-in-Form (Baltic Sea Region, INTERREG 1V B), 2010-2012. . The project sought to “make places vibrant and aractive”. 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 ( ).     
  • Complex Urban Investment Tools - CoUrbIT (Central European, Adriatic, Danubian, and South East European Space, INTERREG IIIB), 2008. Workshop presentation in Krakow. 
  • Innovation Circle – IC (Baltic Sea Region, INTERREG III B / TACIS), 2005-2007. . 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 ( 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.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:59

ESPON 2013 Applied Research Sounding Boards

ESPON 2013 is an applied research programme partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and partly by the 28 EU member states, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.  Its research has built an evidence base to support policy development for territorial cohesion and development. ESPON appoints two experts to sit on the Sounding Board for Applied Research projects and to provide advice and peer review throughout the research. 

Cliff was a peer reviewer on the Sounding Boards for two Applied Research projects.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:44

External expert on ESPON (2013) projects

ESPON 2013 is an applied research programme partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and partly by the 28 EU member states, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.  Its research has built an evidence base to support policy development for territorial cohesion and development. Some of its projects support transnational work amongst networks of National Contact Points. 

Cliff was a consultant on three Transnational Networking projects in the ESPON 2013 programme.    

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:32

Europe and its neighbours

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The news that the Qatari emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has bought six islands in the Ionian Sea for 8.5m Euro is a further indication of changing relations between Europe and its neighbourhood. The EU - and those of us who live in it - still see Europe as the centre of the world. After all that’s what our maps show us and how our daily news bulletins are packaged. This world view is built on a long history during which time - for good and for ill - this small continent really did lead the world.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:30

Listen to the “Rural Voice”

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“The planning system has a significant role in supporting sustainable economic growth in rural areas.” This statement is from the Scottish Government’s Planning Policy. However, planning decisions in rural Scotland can often be very controversial, as Cliff Hague explains in his new blog post.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:21

How to make places safer & more secure?

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How can we make the places safer and more secure? I was prompted to ask this by the gang-rape and murder of a young woman in India that was given so much coverage in the news internationally. I did a bit of research on what women’s groups have been doing in India to focus the attention of planners, designers and police on the issues of sexual harassment and assault.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:15

An unlikely City of Culture

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Cliff Hague, Professor Emeritus, urban and regional planner, academic, theorist and author of the ICN blog recently went to Cyprus where he visited Paphos, European City of Culture 2017. But according to Cliff Hague Paphos is a rather unlikely City of Culture. One that is worth to have a closer look at.


Hurricane Sandy - flickr - MDGovpics_300x199

Hurricane Sandy was the largest tropical storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, covering an area 900 miles across, with 150km per hour winds bringing torrential rain. We have all been stunned by the impact that it has had on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA. Without in any way belittling this, it is important to remember that it is not just the USA that has suffered.

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