Associate Professor Susan Parham

School of Life and Medical Sciences (University of Hertfordshire)

Associate Professor Susan Parham, MRTPI, FRSA

Associate Professor Parham is Academic Director of the International Garden Cities Institute (IGCI) established in 2015, Director of the University of Hertfordshire’s Urbanism Unit (UHUU), acting programme leader for the University’s MSc Sustainable Planning, and a Research Associate at the Laboratory for Building Cultures at the École Nationale Supérieure Architecture Grenoble. Susan has written a number of books, book chapters and academic papers on research areas including garden cities and new towns, as well as food and spatial design, sustainable building and construction, ‘sprawl’ retrofitting, transport oriented, compact and sustainable cities and community engagement on planning and urbanism. Susan is currently doing research on sustainability in the construction industry and has just finished her contribution to an international research project about food and cities. She supervises doctoral research students studying garden cities and new towns and other urbanism topics, as well as teaching in these areas to masters and undergraduate geography students. Susan does annual guest lecturing on urbanism at Oxford University, the University of Glasgow, and Swansea University. Susan has a background as a political economist, a town planner and urban designer, and an urban sociologist. Previously she was a policy analyst and rapporteur for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, a sustainability consultancy director in London, and a senior manager in public sector planning. Susan is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Royal Society for the Arts Fellow.


Associate Professor Susan Parham
College Lane Campus
AL10 9NE Hatfield
United Kingdom

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