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Catherine Hammond

Dr Catherine Hammond MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Planning


I am a spatial planner, particularly interested in environmental planning. My teaching and research focus on  the tensions between delivering development and environmental protection and enhancement, and the mechanisms available to achieve both. I am course leader for the BA in Planning and Geography and of the developing Degree Apprenticeship in Urban Planning. Before joining Sheffield Hallam University in 2006 I worked in a range of roles in planning practice and continue an applied approach to my teaching and research activities.

  • About

    After graduating with a Geography degree from Swansea University in 1990, I stared my career in planning practice. While working for Hull City Council in urban regeneration and policy related research roles, I completed an MA in Urban and Regional Planning part-time at Sheffield Hallam University. From 1997 I was a Policy Officer for the CPRE, participating in regional planning and policy processes from an environmental, as well as campaigning for environmental protection. I was also active in regional governance and planning as the environment sector representative on the Regional Assembly for Yorkshire and the Humber, and as deputy chair of the Regional Planning Board until its abolition.

    I completed a PhD on the integration of regional policy at Newcastle University in 2003, after which I held a teaching fellowship at Sheffield University, specialising in environmental planning and working on an ESRC funded international project on integrated spatial planning. 
    Since joining Sheffield Hallam in 2006 I have continued my interest in the role the planning system has to play in environmental protection and enhancement, the ways in which different interests work together - or don't work together - to achieve this, and the very challenging ethical dilemmas this results in. I am also increasingly working on the role of the planning system in delivering multifunctional green and blue infrastructure, and the conceptualising of this in theory and practice.   

  • Teaching

    Department of the Natural and Built Environment

    Social Sciences and Arts

    I teach at both undergraduate and post graduate levels, inputting strategic, environmental and spatial dimensions to modules for planning, environmental and geography students. I particularly enjoy exploring the tensions arising between environment and development with students and looking at the formal measures and creativity available to help resolve these at different spatial scales. I also lead on the postgraduate research methods module.   

    Undergraduate teaching and supervision:
    • Environmental Protection (module leader)
    • Sustainable Settlements
    • Dissertation supervisor 

    Postgraduate teaching and supervision:
    • Policy for Space and Place (module leader)
    • Environment and Infrastructure (module leader)
    • Applied Research Methods (module leader)
    • Sustainable City Ecologies
    • Major Project supervisor

    I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and am a Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy. 

  • Research

    My research interests reflect my wider interests in the interaction between planning and environmental protection, both conceptually, for example in blue and green infrastructures and in tensions, creative resolution and integration.

    Recent and current projects include:
    • Major residential development: A role for public space in delivering environmental and social objectives?  A case study of Kingswood urban extension Hull with Kaeren vanVliet and Gabrielle Appiah.
    • An Examination of the Development and Implementation of Planning Policy Relating to Major Development in the English and Welsh National Parks for the Campaign for National Parks with Lynn Crowe and Nikky Wilson
    • Involvement in a European research project looking at biodiversity skills for planners funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

    Recent Conference Presentations include:
    • Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation and their impact on planning for space and place, UK Ireland Planning Research Conference, Cardiff, September 2016
    • Managing Major Development in National Parks, UK Ireland Planning Research Conference, Belfast, September 2017

    Publications include:
    • Goodchild, Cadman and Hammond, 2016, Diversifying the master's research project: reflections on an initiative in architecture, planning and environmental management, Sheffield Hallam University Student Engagement and Experience Journal, Vol 5, No1. 
    • Crow, L, Hammond, C and Wilson , N, 2016,L. An Examination of the Development and Implementation of Planning Policy Relating to Major Development in the English and Welsh National Parks. Project Report. Sheffield Hallam University for the Campaign for National Parks. 
    • Goodchild and Hammond, 2013, Planning and urban regeneration since 2010: a recipe for conflict and dispute? People, Place and Policy, Vol.7 Issue 2
    • Hammond, C. 2002,  'New Approaches to Regional Spatial Planning?' In: Rydin, R, and Thornley, A (eds) Planning in the UK: Agendas for the New Millennium, Aldershot, Ashgate.

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    I am supervising two PhD researchers looking at:
    • How local planning authorities have been fulfilling the biodiversity duty in the context of large-scale planned growth, 2012 - present
    • Understanding of urban expansion and its impact on agricultural land in Tripoli, Libya, 2014 - present.
    I am a member of the Town and Country Planning Association Policy Council 
    I am a patron of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

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