Kaeren van Vliet

Kaeren van Vliet

Senior Lecturer In Planning


I joined Sheffield Hallam, after twenty years in practice in landscape architecture and planning, as a senior lecturer in urban planning and design in 2007.  I have been course leader for the MSc Urban Planning since 2009.


My main interest is in sustainable urban design and in implementing design quality across both the built and natural environment through the planning process. My current research interests focus on design quality within contemporary UK and European residential environments including urban extensions and brownfield sites.

I am currently undertaking a PhD in an aspect of residential design and am also involved in a project looking at the integration and implementation of green infrastructure in contemporary urban extensions.

I lead on a number of  postgraduate planning modules  including: Sustainable City Ecologies, Shaping Places and Comparative International Planning and on an undergraduate module: Sustainable Settlements.

I held an enabler role with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment between 2009 and 2012 and am a member of the Sheffield City Sustainable Urban Design Panel.

Specialist areas of interest

Urban design, place making, green infrastructures, planning process and projects residential design


Kaeren's teaching interests span urban and landscape design. She is interested in the relationship between design practice and wider cultural frameworks. She focuses on the urban scale with an interest in urban scale public realm and green-infrastructure networks and their role in developing sustainable cities.

Her teaching ethos is to support my extensive design practice experience with strong academic frameworks and personal research (see below) to develop students as critical competent design professionals.

Module leader for

Postgraduate modules

Sustainable City Ecologies
Design and Development Process

Undergraduate modules

Urban Design and Development Evaluation
Place Culture and Design
Understanding Landscapes
Introduction to Planning and Design

Teaching team member

Comparative European Planning
Sustainable Neighbourhoods
Advanced Architectural Strategies


Journal articles

van Vliet, K., & Hammond, C. (2021). Residents’ perceptions of green infrastructure in the contemporary residential context: a study of Kingswood, Kingston-upon-Hull, England. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 64 (1), 145-163. http://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2020.1756757

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