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Professor Richard Cowell

Professor Richard Cowell

Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning

School of Geography and Planning

Email:
cowellrj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6684
Location:
2.74, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA

My research interests cover theoretical and political aspects of the relationship between public policy and sustainable development, with particular reference to land use planning, energy transition and decision-making. I have studied the multi-level governace dynamics around energy transition, looking at drives to expand renewable energy, infrastructure decision-making, and the relationships between energy infrastructure and its environmental and social context.

My current work focuses on the possible effects of Brexit on UK environmental policy. Richard is part of a team working on the ESRC-funded research project 'Divergence, dismantling and contestation: Brexit and the repoliticisation of UK environmental governance', which is part of the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative (see http://ukandeu.ac.uk/ ).

Qualifications

  • BA Hons Geography, Cambridge University, (1990)
  • PhD, (1995)

Career

Prior to arriving at Cardiff, Richard completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Department of Geography, Cambridge University. Whilst there, he worked as a researcher for the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development (UK CEED). Since arriving at the School of Geography and Planning Richard has held appointments as a Research Fellow (1996-2000), Lecturer (2000-2005), Senior Lecturer (2005-2011) and Reader (2011 to present).

In 2010, Richard was appointed as the Course Director for the MSc in Sustainability Planning and Environmental Policy (SPEP). In September 2012, he became the Cardiff coordinator for the international Masters PLANET Europe (MSc in European Spatial Planning and Environmental Policy).

Honours and awards

In 2009 Richard was a joint winner of the RTPI Teaching Excellence Award for the innovative teaching and learning methods used in module CPT737Sustainability in Practice (with Dr Jon Anderson).

Professional memberships

Member of Editorial Board for Planning Theory and Practice (2007-present).

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My research interests cover theoretical and political aspects of the relationship between public policy and sustainable development, with particular reference to land use planning, energy transition and decision-making. I have studied the multi-level governace dynamics around energy transition, looking at drives to expand renewable energy, infrastructure decision-making, and the relationships between energy infrastructure and its environmental and social context.

I am involved in a number of projects at present:

1) Analysis of the possible effects of Brexit on UK environmental policy. I am part of a team working on the ESRC-funded research project 'Divergence, dismantling and contestation: Brexit and the repoliticisation of UK environmental governance', which is part of the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative (see http://ukandeu.ac.uk/ ).

2) A closely related project is a study of the possible effects of Brexit on UK waste policy, identfying a number of scenarios. See http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/find-a-project/view/836789-uk-environmental-governance-post-brexit-what-will-happen-to-waste

3) A review of the effects of spatial planning approaches to onshore wind energy development, looking at Scotland within a comparative analysis of the UK.

I also research and publish on ethics, governance and politics.

Within the School of Geography and Planning I am a member of the Environment Research Group.