I am a senior lecturer in built environment at Birmingham City University and have a particular research interest in how waterway projects are assessed and valued. How assessment processes and policy influence each other is the focus of my ongoing PhD.
Having started my career in tourism management, an MSc in Environmental Management and Tourism took me into a career in planning and environmental impact assessment. During five years as an environmental planning consultant for Atkins Ltd I undertook socio-economic assessments for several canal restoration feasibility studies among numerous other heritage and planning projects and bids. I was also assistant HLF monitor for the Cotswolds and Droitwich restoration projects in 2005-7. I worked as a research analyst for the West Midlands’ regional development agency and studied within a multidisciplinary team exploring how to manage urban river corridors at Sheffield University, before joining Birmingham City University in 2011. There I teach across all built environment courses, as well as leading recruitment for the school.
Having spent many narrowboat holidays with my family in the 1970s and 1980s, I finally bought my own boat in 2000 and have lived aboard ever since, mainly based on a residential mooring in Birmingham (where I married the boat next door). We travel the network for several months each summer.
I was a volunteer planner for the IWA Birmingham and Black Country branch 2010-2011 and am on the CRT Heritage Advisory Group.