Elizabeth Wilson

Reader in Environmental Planning
Acting Director - OISD:IAG

Teaching interests

Sustainability; climate change; environmental appraisal; spatial planning; governance

Research interests and consultancy expertise

Spatial planning response to climate change in UK and Europe; environmental appraisal of plans; futures-thinking & scenarios

Examples of recent projects

  • MACIS (Minimisation of and Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity): funded by EU Framework 6, led by Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ Leipzig-Halle 2006-2008
  • BRANCH (Biodiversity requires adaptation in NW Europe under a changing climate) policy review for English Nature: Intereg IIIB funded (with Dr. Jake Piper) 2005-06
  • England Biodiversity Strategy: implications of climate change for towns and cities theme: funded by DEFRA (led by CEH, with BTO and Dr. Jake Piper) 2005-06
  • Adaptation to climate change in the Sustainable Communities Growth Areas: funded by DEFRA and Three Regions Climate Change Partnership (led by LUC, with CAG Consultants) 2004-06
  • ASCCUE Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in the Urban Environment: funded by EPSRC (led by University of Manchester; with Cardiff and Southampton Universities) 2003-06
  • SECTORS South East Climate Threats and Opportunities research Study: for SE England Climate Change Partnership, funded by SEEDA (with Dr. Jake Piper) 2004-05
  • The Planning Response to Climate Change: funded by DETR/ODPM (led by CAG Consultants) 2000-04

Examples of recent publications and conference papers

Wilson, E. and Termeer, C. (2011 forthcoming) Governance of climate change adaptation: Introduction to the Special Issue, Climate Law Vol. 2(2) pp.1-9

Wilson, E. and Piper, J. (2010) Spatial Planning and Climate Change. Abingdon and New York: Routledge (See: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415495912/)

Wilson, E. (2009) Use of scenarios for climate change adaptation in spatial planning, Ch. 17 in Davoudi, S., Crawford, J. and Mehmood, A. eds. Planning for climate change, London: Earthscan

Wilson, E. (2009) Multiple scales for environmental intervention: spatial planning and the environment under New Labour, Planning Practice and Research 24(1) pp.119-138

Wilson, E. and Piper, J. (2008), Spatial planning for biodiversity in Europes changing climate, European Environment 18(3) pp.135-151

Wilson, E., Nicol, F., Nanayakkara, L. and Ueberjahn-Trittta, A. (2008) Public urban open space and human thermal comfort; the implications of alternative climate change and socio-economic scenarios, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, Vol.10(1) pp.1-15

Wilson, E. (2007) Comment: Response to Interface 7(2): Is the issue of climate change too big for spatial planning? Planning Theory & Practice Vol.8(1) pp.125-127

Mitchell, R., Morecroft, M., Acreman, M., Crick, H., Frost, M., Harley, M., Maclean, I., Mountford, O., Piper, J., Pontier, H., Rehfisch, M., Ross, L., Smithers, R., Stott, A., Walmsley, C., Watts, O., and Wilson, E. (2007) England Biodiversity Strategy Towards Adaptation to Climate Change, London: Defra

Wilson, E. (2006) Adapting to climate change at the local level: the spatial planning response, Local Environment 11(6) pp. 609-625

Land Use Consultants in association with Oxford Brookes University, CAG Consultants and Gardiner & Theobald (2006) Adapting to Climate Change Impacts - A Good Practice Guide for Sustainable Communities, London: DEFRA

Wilson E. (2006) Developing UK spatial planning policy to respond to climate change, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning Vol.8(1) pp.9-25

Piper J., Wilson E., Weston J., Thompson S. & Glasson J. (2006) Spatial Planning for Biodiversity in our Changing Climate. English Nature Research Report No. 677, Peterborough: English Nature

ODPM (2004) The Planning Response to Climate Change: Advice on Better Practice, London: ODPM