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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.

  • About

    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

  • Teaching

    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

  • Publications

    van Vliet K (2017) Planning and Design since the NPPF 'Indivisible or Invisible' RTPI Yorkshire conference series. 6th December

    van Vliet, K, Hammond C.  (2017) The role of 'design governance' in green infrastructure delivery in large scale residential development: A case study of Kingswood urban extension Hull: The UK and Ireland Planning Theory and Research Conference: Public space and the city track, Belfast, 11 -13th September.

    van Vliet, K (2017) Dutch Street Design: The role of order in enabling socio-spatial expansion of the Dutch public private interface. Sheffield Hallam Space and Place Group Annual Conference 'The Politics of Place', 28th June.

    van Vliet, K (2017) The public private interface in late 20th and early 21st century housing in Sheffield: University of Sheffield Department of Landscape Architecture PhD Symposium, 14th June.

    van Vliet, K, Thwaites, K  (2016) The public private interface: academic concepts into urban design and planning policy and practice: The UK and Ireland Planning Theory and Research Conference: Urban Design Track, Cardiff 8-9th September.

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