Dr Bridget Durning

Senior Lecturer

Profile

Bridget Durning is a Senior Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. As an experienced sustainability consultant and academic she has been involved in research and consultancy work in both the public and private sectors for over 25 years. Her main research interests are: environmental and social mpact assessment (ESIA) and environmental management (EM) – their relationship and interconnection; skills and knowledge development in ESIA and planning professionals; the interaction between geosciences and society.

Teaching interests

Environmental assessment and management tools, processes and principles (masters level); Environmental Sustainability (undergraduate level); dissertation supervision and assessment at all levels.

Research interests and consultancy expertise

Environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) and environmental management (EM) – their relationship and interconnection; skills and knowledge development in ESIA and planning professionals; the interaction between geosciences and society.

Please contact me if you are also interested in research in these areas.

Examples of current research projects:

  • Cumulative effects assessment in ESIA for offshore wind farms (funded by Natural Environment Research Council)
  • Accounting for carbon in EIA (funded by Oxford Brookes University and Santander)
  • EIA-EMS integration and role of Environmental Management Plans
  • Impact of Equator Principles and other decision making regimes on ESIA practice

Examples of past research and consultancy projects:

  • Review of quality of environmental statements – various public sector clients (with Martin Broderick)
  • Audit and Enhancement of Undergraduate Research Based Activities in the School of the Built Environment (Fellowship of the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research
  • Skills Base in the Planning System (with John Glasson) for LGA/ODPM
  • Planning Skills in Scotland (with Heriot Watt University) for Improvement Agency
  • Professional Knowledge Development for Sustainable Communities (with John Glasson, Juliet Carpenter and Georgia Butina Watson) for Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Survey of latent accommodation, Hinckley Point C socio-economic impact study (with John Glasson)
  • Socio-economic study of Wheatley Campus for Oxford Brookes University (with John Glasson through Oxford Economic Observatory)
  • Thames Gateway Evidence Review for ODPM (with Georgia Butina Watson, Juliet Carpenter, Alan Reeve, Sue Brownill)
  • Linking Teaching with Research and Consultancy in Planning, Land and Property Management and Building (with Roger Zetter and Alan Jenkins at Oxford Brookes, Nick Bailey at Westminster University, Ron Griffiths at University of West of England and Pat Turrell at Sheffield Hallam University) for HEFCE

Examples of recent publications

Journal articles

Durning B (2014) Benefits of coupling environmental assessment and environmental management to aid disaster risk reduction and management. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management 16 (3) 1450029

Watkins J and Durning B (2012) Carbon definitions and typologies in environmental impact assessment: greenhouse gas confusion? Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 30 (4) 296-301

Durning, B. et al. (2010) The Spiral of Knowledge Development: Professional Knowledge Development in Planning Planning Practice and Research 25(4) 497-516

Durning, B. (2007) Challenges in the recruitment and retention of professional planners in English planning authorities Planning, Practice and Research 22(1) 95-110

Durning, B. and Glasson, J. (2007) Delivering the planning system in England – skills capacity constraints Town Planning Review 77 (4) 457-484

Perdicoulis, T. and Durning, B. (2007) Framework for EIA and EMS integration Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management 9(4) 1-13

Durning, B. and Jenkins, A. (2005) Teaching/research relations in departments and disciplines: the perspectives of built environment academics in four UK institutions Studies in Higher Education 30 (5)

Durning, B. (2004) Planning academics and planning practitioners – two tribes or a community of practice Planning, Practice and Research 19 (4) 435-446

Books/book chapters

Durning B (2012) Environmental Management Plans – origins, usage and development. In Perdicoulis, A. Durning, B and Palframan L (eds) Furthering Environmental Impact Assessment: towards a seamless connection between EIA and EMS. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham

Perdicoulis, A, Durning, B and Palframan, L (2012) Furthering Environmental Impact Assessment – towards a seamless link between EIA and EMS. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Perdicoulis, A. and Durning, B. (2007) Framework for EIA and EMS integration in Sheate WR (ed) Tools, techniques and approaches for sustainability World Scientific

Broderick, M. and Durning, B. (2006) Environmental impact assessment and environmental management plans – an example of an integrated process from the UK in J.F. Martin-Duque, J.F., Brebbia, C.A. Emmanouloudis, D and Mander, U. (eds) Geo-Environment and Landscape Evolution II WIT Transactions Ecology and the Environment Volume 89. WITPress

Conference/ seminar papers

Allen J and Durning B (2015) EIA and Nationally Significant Infrastructure. Presentation to the IEMA EIA & ESIA Masterclass, 3rd November, London (invited speaker – joint presentation with Jon Allen of RoyalHaskoningDHV)

Durning B (2015) Assessing cumulative impacts at project level: a review of practice for offshore windfarms. Presentation to Environmental Assessment and Management Seminar Series, University of Liverpool, 12th November

Durning B (2015) EIA and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs). Presentation to RTPI West Midlands Event ‘EIA: A changing environment’. Birmingham, UK, 24th June.

Durning B (2014) ‘Development of normative values for assessing cumulative environmental impacts of marine renewable energy projects currently within the planning system’. Annual UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, Oxford, UK, 9-11th September.

Durning B (2013) Climate Change and EIA. ‘Celebrating 25years of EIA in the UK’ Annual Conference of Ireland/ UK Branch of International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), University of Liverpool, 10th June

Durning B (2012) Furthering environmental assessment through continuing assessment into management as an aid to integrating disaster risk reduction measures into development Japan-UK Joint Workshop: ‘Policy Integration between Environmental Assessment and Disaster Management’ Chiba University of Commerce, Ichikawa, Japan, 30th November – 3rd December

Durning B (2012) 'Carbon counting and EIA process'. Paper presented at 32nd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Energy Future: The Role of Impact Assessment Porto, Portugal, 27 May – 1st June

Broderick, M. Durning, B. and Ferguson, D. (2010) 'Equator principles and the minerals industry'. Paper presented at 30th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) The role of impact assessment in transitioning to the green economy Geneva, Switzerland, 6-11th April

Durning, B. and Broderick, M. (2010) 'Follow-up in ESIA as an aid to greening economies'. Paper presented at 30th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) The role of impact assessment in transitioning to the green economy Geneva, Switzerland, 6-11th April

Durning, B. (2009) 'Developing undergraduate research opportunities to deliver responsible global citizens'. Paper presented at the 15th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference – Taking up the Global Challenge Utrecht University, Netherlands, 5-8th July

Durning, B. Broderick, M. Ferguson, D. and Evans, S. (2008) 'Impact of the Equator Principles on EIA practice – implications for improving practice in UK and Ireland'. IAIA Ireland-UK Branch Event, 4th December, Oxford

Reports/other outputs

Broderick M and Durning B (2016) Shedding light on the dark side. The Environmentalist March 2016, IEMA

Durning B and Broderick M (2015) Mini review of current practice in the assessment of cumulative environmental effects of UK offshore renewable energy developments when carried out to aid decision making in a regulatory context. Report to Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Oxford Brookes University. Download report at http://bit.ly/1XPGvHt.

Broderick M and Durning B (2014). Report to public sector client on peer review of environmental statement for proposed residential development. Oxford Brookes University

Broderick M and Durning B (2014). Report to public sector client on peer review of environmental statement for underground transport station upgrade. Oxford Brookes University

Broderick M and Durning B (2013). Report to public sector client on peer review of environmental statement for onshore wind-farm. Oxford Brookes University

Durning, B. et al (2008) Memorandum to DCLG committee on Planning Skills. Published in Starkey, P. (2008) Planning Matters – labour shortages and skills gaps. Eleventh Report of Session 2007-2008. HC 517-II. House of Commons London: The Stationary Office Limited

Glasson, J. Chadwick, A. Durning, B. and Lawton-Smith, H (2007) A Local Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of the Wheatley Campus of Oxford Brookes University A report by Oxford Economic Observatory for Oxford Brookes University

Glasson, J. Durning, B. and Elsworth, T. (2007) JET site (Culham, Oxfordshire), End-State Consultation and Recommendations to the JET Site Stakeholders Group (JSSG) UKAEA

Higgins, M. Brown, C. Prior, A. McCarthy, J. Hachman, V. and Durning, B. (2007) Scottish Planning Authorities Skills Assessment Improvement Agency

Butina Watson, G., Carpenter, J. Brownill, S., Durning, B. and Reeve, A. (2006) 'Thames Gateway Evidence Review'. DCLG

Durning B. & Glasson J. (2004) 'Skills base in the planning system' Local Government Association, London.