Professor Terry Marsden

Professor Terry Marsden

Terry Marsden is director of the Research Institute and Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning in the School of Planning and Geography. He is also Dean of the University Graduate College.

With more than 25 years experience working in the field of sustainability, Professor Marsden has a broad range of research and policy experience based around the themes of international rural development, sustainability and the rural environment. He is involved in funded projects concerning food networks in rural areas, the multi-level governance of the rural environment, and intermediate labour markets in rural Wales.

He is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Academician of Social Sciences.

Professor Marsden's research expertise is in theoretical and empirical studies in rural development, agro-food studies, sustainable development and planning, policy development and rural governance.

His current research projects have focussed on developing the field of place-based sustainable development. He is currently researching:

  • Continuing sustainable communities project. ESRC and the UK Economic and Social Research Council's Research Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS). (2007 - 2012)
  • New five-year food programme. BRASS (2007 - 2012)
  • Changing pressures in the Chinese Countryside: city demands, small towns and the 'new countryside movement'. Pilot project China (2007 - 2010)
  • Wales Rural Observatory: rural economic development and eco-economy strand (2007 - 2010)
  • Delivering Sustainability: Towards the Creative Procurement of School Meals. ESRC (2005 - 2007)
  • Welfare Quality. EU (2007 - 2009)
In addition to being the author of more than 150 reports, books and articles on these themes, he has acted as an advisor to the Welsh Assembly Government, Defra, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and ESRC on rural research and policy. He is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the ESRC's Rural Economy and Land Use Research Programme.