Prof Thomas Fischer
Professor Thomas Fischer joined the University of Liverpool in March 2002. He is currently Head of Department of the School of Environmental Sciences’ Department of Geography and Planning. Thomas is a graduate of Geography (Dipl.-Geogr.) at FU Berlin, with parts of his study programme conducted at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada and Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. His specialist fields include impact assessment for transport and spatial/land use policies, plans and programmes (strategic environmental assessment) and the effective consideration of environmental, health and climate change issues in spatial planning. Previously, Thomas worked as a project manager on impact assessment of big infrastructure projects during 1991 and 1994 at the GUT consultancy in Potsdam and during 1994 and 1996 at DEGES, a sub-division of the Federal Department of Transport in Berlin. During 1996 and 1999, he conducted a PhD research programme at the University of Manchester on strategic environmental assessment practice in the Netherlands, the UK and Germany. After that, from 1998 to 2000, he was a research associate at the University of the West of England in Bristol, working on EU wide transport and environmental research projects. Between 2000 and February 2002, he worked as a senior researcher at the IRS research institute in Erkner near Berlin on socio-economic aspects in transport. Thomas is editor of the ‘Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management‘, and a member of the international editorial board of the journal ‘Environmental Impact Assessment Review’. From 2009-2010, he has also been a professional member of the NHS National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Public Health Programme Development Group for the NICE guidance on Spatial Planning. He is a research fellow at the Viessmann research centre on modern Europe at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.