Dr Adam Barker

Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning

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Current and Recent Reseach

  • European Union (EU) Urban Innovative Actions (UIA): IGNITION- Innovative financing and delivery of natural climate solutions in Greater Manchester
  • European Union (EU) Horizon 2020: GROW GREEN- Green Cities for Climate and Water Resilience, Sustainable Economic Growth, Healthy Citizens and Environment
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC): Green Growth: Increasing the Resiliance of Cities Through The Delivery of Green Infrastructure Based Solutions
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC): Identifying and prioritising nature based climate change adaptation measures for addressing future flood risk: creating a systematic evidence map
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC): Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population (GHIA)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan-Regional Planning in China  
  • Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC): Review of Environmental Statements and Oil Pollution Emergency Plans

 Key Responsibilities

  • Member SEED Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee
  • Faculty of Humanitics Research Ethics (UREC) Signatory
  • Member Manchester Urban Institute (MUI)
  • Member Manchester Environmental Research Institute (MERI)

 Professional Activities

  • Charted Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • Elected Academic Member of the Landscape Institute (LI)
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management

 Public Engagement

  • Member Board of Trustees of the Landscape Institute
  • University representative Manchester Green and Blue Infrastructure Group
  • Member Green Infrastructure Think Tank
  • Former Secretary of State (DEFRA) appointee to management board of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Further information

Previous research projects:

- 2014- Research Stimulation Fund: The Institutional Dynamics of Urban Greening: Evaluating the Role of Private Developers in Green Infrastructure Provision.

- 2014- Strategic Investment Fund: Major Infrastructure Planning: Innovative Policy Models.

- 2014- Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC): Review of the Quality of Environmental Statements and Oil Emergency Plans. 

- 2010-2011: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB): Assessing the Impact of a National Planning Framework on the Natural Environment. 

- 2010- 2013: European Union (EU) FP7: Developing Smart Technology for Flood Risk Management.

- 2010:  Natural England: An Evaluation of Landscape Change within the North West of England.

- 2008-2010: Environment Agency (EA): Developing Approaches for Stakeholder Involvement in Shoreline Management planning using GIS.

- 2009: Provincial Government of Hunan: An Evaluation of the Potential Application of Green Infrastructure Planning to Urban China.

- 2007-2009:  Natural England: Assessing the Socio-Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure Planning, Natural Economy Project.

- 2006: Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulation (DBER): Environmental Performance of the North SEA Oil and Gas Industry.

- 2003: British Council: Developing frameworks for Integrated Coastal Management.

- 2002: Scottish Executive: Scottish Coastal Socio-Economic Scoping Study.

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