Hannah Hickman works both as an independent freelance planning consultant, and as a Senior Lecturer – Planning Practice at the University of the West of England. She is particularly interested in the politics of contemporary planning reform – what drives change and its intended and unintended impacts.
Her research interests focus on:
- The role of the planning system in ensuring quality outcomes in delivered schemes
- Infrastructure planning (both Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) and sub-regional and local infrastructure planning)
- The nature of professional practice, and the ethics of private practice
- The management of urban intensification
Her business/sector interests focus on:
- Professional Bodies
- National Governments
- Sub-regional Bodies
- Local Planning Authorities
- Planning Consultancies / Lawyers
- Infrastructure Providers / Interest Groups
How her expertise could be applied to a business partner
Hannah has considerable consultancy experience, having worked collaboratively with partners in both the private and public sector in response to their research questions and needs. These projects have spanned her research interests, and have included most recently: working with local authorities to support practice improvements in managing design quality post planning permission (for the West of England Combined Authority) and understanding the motivations of future planners (for the Royal Town Planning Institute).
She has undertaken projects for the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Welsh Government, PUCA (Plan, Urbanisme, Construction, Architecture, Ministry of French Government), Garden City Developments CIC, the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA), Grant Thornton, Quod, the Barton Willmore Partnership, Stantec, Copper Consultancy and Cullompton Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group.