Professor Katie Williams

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons) DipUD DipUP MSc(Environmental Design) PhD MRTPI
  • Position:Dir.Centre For Sustainable Planning & Environments
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 83202

About me

Professor Williams is an urban theorist, planner and urban designer. She is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments (SPE). Professor Williams specialises in sustainable urban environments and is known for her work on sustainable neighbourhood design (in relation to sustainable behaviours and climate change adaptation), urban form (compact cities) and land reuse. She has undertaken evidence-based critiques of many key urban policies such as sustainable communities and the urban renaissance. Professor Williams has over £4 million in research grants from UK research councils, government agencies and industry, and has undertaken consultancy work for central and local governments, and regional and national development agencies. She is currently undertaking EPSRC-funded research on adapting UK suburbs for climate change as part of the ‘Living with Environmental Change’ Programme, and running an EPSRC-funded programme to support interdisciplinary research in health, environment and technology at UWE. Professor Williams has held visiting lectureships in the USA, Thailand, Peru, and The Netherlands. She has authored over 100 academic papers and reports and edited 3 books on sustainable urbanism. Professor Williams also holds a number of advisory positions: she is a a member of the International Advisory Board for The Stockholm Centre for Sustainable Communications and a member of the Board of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association. She is a REF Panel member for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

Area of expertise

Sustainable urban environments; climate change adaptation in the built environment, urban form, sustainable neighbourhood design, suburban adaptation, sustainable behaviours in relation to urban design, urban intensification, density, compact cities, brownfield development


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