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Prof Alister Scott


Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Alister -Scott ,-Northumbria -University -web-Alister's research addresses messy problems concerning policy and decision making across built and natural environments. He has published over 40 peer review papers and secured grants in excess of £2 million. Crucially he has developed a research model that is policy-led and involves policy and practice communities embedded as members of research teams he has led. Recent projects include the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Managing environmental change at the rural urban fringe and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow on programme looking at new tools to improve policy and decision making. An ESRC  project has just concluded looking at developing a game board resource kit to improve the way public engagement can take place.

His current work includes a NERC grant on green infrastructure working with various planning authorities on a natural capital planning tool that values ecosystem services in a range of development scenarios and a Research Council UK grant working with a large interdisciplinary team on Birmingham as a pilot as part of the Urban Living programme.

His teaching covers a wide range of governance subjects straddling urban and rural domains and is based on real life projects working in partnership with community groups and professional bodies. He was awarded the first ever university of Wales award in 2002 for excellence in teaching and he is passionate about the need for teaching excellence that both challenges and motivates.    

Alisters research leadership skills have been recognised with the RTPI award for planning excellence in 2012 and his teaching, research and industry engagement skills with the award as BCU staff member of the year in 2013.     

In moving to Northumbria, Alister is keen to build his research and teaching at the interface of the built and natural environment and help to embed the value of nature more effectively into policy and decision making.

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Campus Address

Ellison Building
City Campus


  • PhD December 17 1987
  • Member Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Demystifying academics to enhance university-business collaborations in environmental science, Hillier , J., Saville , G., Smith , M., Scott, A., Raven , E., Gascoigne, J., Slater, L., Quin, N., Tsanakas, A., Souch , C., Leckebusch, G., Macdonald, N., Loxton , J., Wilebore, R., Collins, A., MacKechnie, C., Tweddle, J., Milner, A., Moller , S., Dove , M., Langford , H., Craig, J. 15 Jan 2019, In: Geoscience Communication
  • Mainstreaming the environment in planning policy and decision making, Scott, A. 20 Aug 2019, The Routledge Companion to Environmental Planning, London, Routledge
  • What does good GI policy look like?, Scott, A., Hislop, M. May 2019, In: Town and Country Planning
  • What Does Good Green Infrastructure Planning Policy Look Like? Developing and Testing a Policy Assessment Tool Within Central Scotland UK, Hislop, M., Scott, A., Corbett, A. 1 Nov 2019, In: Planning Theory & Practice
  • Guerrilla gardening and green activism: Rethinking the informal urban growing movement, Hardman, M., Chipungu, L., Magidimisha, H., Larkham, P., Scott, A., Armitage, R. Feb 2018, In: Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Mainstreaming ecosystem science in spatial planning practice: exploiting a hybrid opportunity space, Scott, A., Carter, C., Hardman, M., Slaney, T., Grayson, N. 1 Jan 2018, In: Land Use Policy
  • Places of urban disorder? Exposing the hidden nature and values of an English private urban allotment landscape, Scott, A., Dudley, A., Barry, V., Kotter, R. Jan 2018, In: Landscape and Urban Planning
  • A place-based approach to payments for ecosystem services, Reed, M., Allen, K., Attlee, A., Dougill, A., Evans, K., Kenter, J., Hoy, J., McNab, D., Stead, S., Twyman, C., Scott, A., Smyth, M., Stringer, L., Whittingham, M. 12 Feb 2017, In: Global Environmental Change
  • Looking to the future of ecosystem services, Attlee, A., Reed, M., Carter, C., Scott, A., Vella, S., Hardman, M., Neumann, R. 1 Oct 2015, In: CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources
  • Evaluating the cumulative impact problem in spatial planning, Scott, A., Shannon, P., Hardman, M., Miller, D. Jan 2014, In: Town Planning Review

PGR Supervision

Rachel Holtby Start: 01/10/2017


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