Mr Nicholas Smith

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  • Qualifications:BSc (Hons) Geography, MPhil Environmental Planning and Development
  • Position:Associate Head of Department (Geography and Planning)
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 81567
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Area of expertise

Nick is an associate head of department in Geography and Environmental Management and leads the UWE Bristol Planning School.

His research and teaching interests centre on strategic planning and the delivery of infrastructure and major projects. With respect to infrastructure, he closely follows the planning of nationally significant infrastructure, such as high speed rail and on and off-shore wind, and the delivery of local and sub-regional infrastructure.  Within this element he is particularly interested in the enhancement and protection of green and blue infrastructures. Nick has helped university colleagues, and supported a knowledge transfer partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, to develop a benchmark for Green Infrastructure. This work was commended by the RTPI via the institute's 2018 awards.

Since summer 2018 Nick has been involved with a research project on smart energy funded by the RTPI South West. This is being progressed in collaboration with Regen, The Landmark Practice and Pell Frischmann.‚Äč

He is also interested in the plan-making process and how discussions and practices concerning his principal interests extend internationally.

Nick has co-authored a study skills book for town and country planning students with Adam Sheppard (2013), a colleague within the same department at UWE. More recently he has co-written an introductory book on planning (again with Adam Sheppard and Nick Croft) that will be published by the Policy Press in 2019.

Nick has helped to edit an international book on green infrastructure for Edward Elgar.

He is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is active at a both a national and regional level. In 2013 Nick acted as regional chair. He is also a member of the Town and Country Planning and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is passionate about geography and planning and is involved in a series of environmental education initiatives. Nick is a Future Planners' ambassador and is involved in a series of outreach activities. He is also part of a steering group that will develop a new degree apprenticeship in town planning. Nick is Chair of the RTPI / University of the Sheffield Partnership Board and Vice-Chair of the RTPI / University of Ulster Partnership Board. He has experience of external examining in the urban planning field. 

Nick is committed to delivering a positive student experience and has been rewarded for his efforts during his time at the university.




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