University of Hertfordshire

Assoc Prof Susan Parham

Head of Urbanism and Planning, Head

Susan Parham

Assoc Prof Susan Parham

Head of Urbanism and Planning, Head

Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

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Assoc Prof. Susan Parham

Academic Manager, Head

  • Geography, Environment and Agriculture
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Weight and Obesity Research Group
  • University of Hertfordshire Urbanism Unit
  • School of Life and Medical Sciences
Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Email: s.parham@herts.ac.uk

Research output

Historical review of ‘the higher-density housing agenda and the “urban renaissance”’

Parham, S., 1 Dec 2019, In : Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning. 172, 6, p. 257-260 4 p.

International Garden Cities Institute Academic Director's Blog Nov-Dec 2019

Parham, S., Dec 2019, 2 p. International Garden Cities Institute.

International Garden Cities Institute Academic Director's Blog Sept-Oct 2019

Parham, S., Oct 2019, 2 p. International Garden Cities Institute.

International Garden Cities Institute Academic Director's Blog June-Aug 2019

Parham, S., Aug 2019, 2 p. International Garden Cities Institute.

Practical Guides for Creating Successful New Communities: Guide 10: Edible Garden Cities

Parham, S., Aug 2019, 32 p. London : Town and Country Planning Association.

International Garden Cities Institute Academic Director's Blog April-May 2019

Parham, S., May 2019, 2 p. International Garden Cities Institute.

International Garden Cities Institute Academic Director's Blog Feb-March 2019

Parham, S., Mar 2019, 2 p. International Garden Cities Institute.

Food, Conviviality and Urbanism in a Rural Context

Parham, S., 2019, Rural Urbanism. Elmlund, P. & Haas, T. (eds.). Bokförlaget Stolpe. Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit, p. 33-53 20 p.

International Garden Cities Institute Academic Director's Blog Dec 2018-Jan 2019

Parham, S., Dec 2018, 2 p. International Garden Cities Institute.

Garden Cities – Visionary, Popular and Viable? Garden City Perspectives Paper 4

Parham, S., Downs, A., Murray, G. & Fernandez, P., 1 Oct 2018, Letchworth: International Garden Cities Institute. 21 p. (Garden City Perspectives Papers; no. 4)

Foodscape and Food Urbanism in Europe: The Urban-Rural Interface

Parham, S., 4 Aug 2018, Agrourbanism: Tools for Governance and Planning of Agrarian Landscape. Gottero, E. (ed.). Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature , Vol. 124. p. 109-129 20 p. ( GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL); vol. 124).

Book review of Food and Architecture: At the table Edited by Samantha L. Martin McAuliffe

Carta, S. & Parham, S., 1 Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Food Design. 3, 1

Book review: Urbanity and Density in the 20th Century

Parham, S., 1 Mar 2018, Journal of Urbanism, p. 1-2 2 p.

A gastrosophical feast

Parham, S., 2018, 3 p. University of Plymouth.

Food, landscape and urban design

Parham, S., 2018, Handbook of Landscape and Food. Waterman, T. & Zeunert, J. (eds.). Routledge

From the agora to the modern marketplace: food markets as landscapes of pleasure, purpose and plenty in historical review

Parham, S., 2018, Handbook of Landscape and Food . Waterman, T. & Zeunert, J. (eds.). London: Routledge

La Garden City, une référence pour le requalification de la ville diffuse

Parham, S., Sadoux, S., Novarina, G., Artis, A. & Ames, D., 2017, In : Inégalités Urbaines; Du Project Utopique au Dévelopment Durable. p. 195-212 17 p., 9.

Reflecting on sustainable architecture and urbanism as 'an ecology of living'

Parham, S., 2017, In : C3. 387, p. 42-47 6 p.

Why are Garden Cities in the news?

Parham, S., 2017, 4 p. Letchworth : International Garden Cities Institute.

Garden Cities - Why Not?

Parham, S. & Boyfield, K., 14 Jul 2016, 1 ed. Letchworth: International Garden Cities Institute. 13 p. (Garden Cities Perspectives; vol. 1, no. 1)

Paired review of Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution" and "Rebuilding the Foodshed"

Parham, S., Jan 2016, (Accepted/In press) Journal of Urbanism.

Shrinking cities and food: Place-making for renewal, reuse and retrofit

Parham, S., Jan 2016, Future Directions for the European Shrinking City . Neill, W. J. V. & Schlappa, H. (eds.). New York and Abingdon: Routledge, p. 95-113 18 p. (RTPI Library Series).

Making Space for Food in Hatfield

Parham, S. & McCabe, B., 2016, Great Britain: University of Hertfordshire Press. 70 p.

Rapporteur’s comments on four sessions about ‘Food Matters’

Parham, S., 3 Sep 2015, Rapporteur's Remarks. p. 1-8 8 p.

Food and Urbanism: The Convivial City and a Sustainable Future

Parham, S., 26 Feb 2015, Bloomsbury Publishing. 364 p.

La transformation d’un outil geddessien: de la valley section au transect réparateur

Parham, S., Sadoux, S. & Hardy, M., 2015, (Unpublished) In : To be defined.

People, products and places (Research Final Report): Exploring sustainable-living practices in masterplanned communities

Parham, S., McCormack, J. & Jones, A., 2015, Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire.

People, products and places (Research Report Summary): Exploring sustainable-living practices in masterplanned communities

Parham, S., McCormack, J. & Jones, A., 2015, Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire. 20 p.

‘Mini charrette’ for arts, culture and heritage in Milton Keynes Workshop Proceedings

Parham, S., 25 Oct 2014, Hatfield: Centre for Sustainable Communities. 25 p.

'Reinventing London' by Bridget Rosewell

Parham, S., 14 Mar 2014, LSE Review of Books.

Workshop Proceedings - Connected communities ‘Mini charrette’ for arts, culture and heritage in Milton Keynes

Parham, S., 10 Feb 2014, UH Centre for Sustainable Communities. 26 p.

'Happy City: transforming our lives through urban design' by Charles Montgomery

Parham, S., 2014, Journal of Urbanism, 7, 2, p. 213-215.

Food, conviviality and urbanism in a rural context

Parham, S., 2014, Ax:son Foundation. 9 p.

Hertfordshire Guide to Growth: Five Years On

Parham, S. & Hulme, J., 2014, Hatfield: UH Press. 44 p.

Living heritage: Universities as anchor institutions in sustainable communities

Parham, S., Green, A. & Lloyd, S., 2013, In : International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development. 3, 1, p. 7-19 13 p.

Market Place: Food Quarters, Design and Urban Renewal in London

Parham, S., Dec 2012, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 332 p.

Sustainable living?

Parham, S., Nov 2012, UH Centre for Sustainable Communities. 10 p.

Retrofitting for food security: the case of urban food quarters

Parham, S., Apr 2012.

Place shaping: A guide to undertaking development in Broadland

Parham, S., Knight, L. & Gaze, C., 2012, BRE. 77 p.

Connecting everyday food consumption to ‘urbanist’ principles for sustainable cities: Challenges for climate change mitigation and adaptation

Parham, S., 2011.

Developing the urban food quarter: Exploring the connections between urban design, revitalisation of place, and sustainable urban food practices

Parham, S., 2009.

The Future of Urbanism in a Romanian Context

Parham, S., 2009.

Let’s rip it all up

Parham, S., Jul 2008, In : Journal of Urbanism. 1, 2

Suburban regeneration: The real challenges

Parham, S., Feb 2008, British Urban Regeneration Association.

The relationship between approaches to conservation and the idea of nostalgia: Looking at food-centred spaces within cities

Parham, S., 2008, The Venice Charter Revisited: Modernism, Conservation and Tradition in the 21st Century World. Hardy, M. (ed.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 533-545 12 p.

Fat Cities and Food Deserts: Exploring a socio-spatial continuum

Parham, S., 30 Nov 2007, State of Australia Cities National Conference. Adelaide, p. 1159-1170 12 p.

The reconfiguration of Australian suburbs: Think Piece for British Urban Regeneration Association

Parham, S., 2007, British Urban Regeneration Association.

Reconfiguring Urban Australia: Ideas and Projects

Parham, S., 2006, In : Urban Design Quarterly. Spring, 98

Sustainable Urbanism: Physical, Social and Economic Aspects: Rapporteur’s Report on the 2nd Int C.E.U. Congress, Nov 2006, Leeds

Parham, S., 2006, Council for European Urbanism.

Designing the gastronomic quarter

Parham, S., 2005, In : Architectural Design. 175, p. 86-95 10 p.

Fat City: Why Bologna Works

Parham, S., Feb 1998, Australian Financial Review.

Gastronomic Architecture: The Cafe and Beyond

Parham, S., Oct 1996, In : Architecture Bulletin. October

Megalopolis

Parham, S., Apr 1995, In : Arena Magazine. 16, p. 38-41

Gastronomy and Urban Form

Parham, S., 1993.

Has Women's Participation in Planning Changed Our Cities?

Parham, S., 1993.

Gastronomic Strategies for Australian Cities

Parham, S., 1992, In : Urban Futures. 2, 2

The table in space: A planning perspective

Parham, S., 1990, In : Meanjin. 49, 2, p. 213-219 7 p.

Activities

Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning (Journal)

Susan Parham (Peer reviewer)
1 Dec 2019

Food and Garden Cities

Susan Parham (Speaker)
29 Jan 2019

Repairing Suburbs - The socio-spatial dimension of the traditional urbanism discourse

Susan Parham (Speaker), Matthew Hardy (Speaker)
21 Nov 2018

Dust to Dust Charrette

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
16 Jul 201818 Jul 2018

Workshop in Professional Doctorate in Heritage Programme

Susan Parham (Organiser)
16 Feb 2016

‘You’re toast! What happened when modernist designers met subversive consumers in the 20th century kitchen’

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
10 Feb 2016

Food and Place in Soho and Beyond

Susan Parham (Speaker)
1 Feb 2016

A food and urbanism masterclass

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
19 Nov 2015

Utopia: Experiments in Perfection

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
8 Nov 2015

Food and urbanism - past, present and future

Susan Parham (Speaker)
22 Oct 2015

Food and urbanism from the scale of the table to the rural region

Susan Parham (Speaker)
30 Sep 2015

External examiner for architectural PhD

Susan Parham (Examiner)
29 Sep 2015

Regeneration in Hertfordshire and beyond: Exploring diversity, retrofitting place

Susan Parham (Organiser)
22 Sep 2015

Urbanism in a Rural Context: Is Conviviality the Missing Ingredient?

Susan Parham (Speaker)
13 Nov 2014

Convivial Green Space: Gardens, Food and Urbanism

Susan Parham (Speaker)
27 Aug 2014

Market Place: How Developing Food Quarters are Reshaping Places and Rejigging Consumption in London and Elsewhere

Susan Parham (Speaker)
5 Jun 2014

Urban Design and Conservation Module

Susan Parham (Organiser)
13 Mar 2014 → …

Hatfield Community Free School Engagement Workshops

Susan Parham (Organiser)
11 Feb 2014

Masterclass: engaging with urbanism

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
16 Jan 2014

Masterclass: food and urbanism from scale of table to the post urban region

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
28 Nov 2013

Garden Cities: selective borrowings, contemporary practices

Susan Parham (Speaker)
26 Nov 2013

Facilitation and reporting on Letchworth Garden City 'Town Debate'

Susan Parham (Advisor)
Nov 2013Dec 2013

New Town arts and heritage mini charrette

Susan Parham (Organiser)
25 Oct 2013

Shaping Canberra: The Lived Experience of Place, Home and Capital

Susan Parham (Keynote/plenary speaker)
18 Sep 2013

Planning for Food

Susan Parham (Speaker)
3 Apr 2013

Integrative Urban Design in the UK - designing with and for people

Susan Parham (Speaker)
27 Mar 2013

2013 National Congress of the Planning Institute of Australia

Susan Parham (Keynote/plenary speaker)
26 Mar 2013

Journal of Urbanism (Journal)

Susan Parham (Editorial board member)
1 Jan 20132015

Journal of Urbanism (Journal)

Susan Parham (Peer reviewer)
Jan 2013Dec 2015

Fagaras Atelier de Urbanism

Susan Parham (Organiser)
9 Jul 201214 Jul 2012

Sustainable Planning Master's module Urban Design and Conservation

Susan Parham (Organiser)
23 Mar 201224 Mar 2012

Centre for Sustainable Communities Seminar Series

Susan Parham (Organiser)
Oct 2011Jun 2012

How can we do ‘sustainable growth’? What the new national planning policy framework could mean for developing sustainable communities -A personal view

Susan Parham (Speaker)
Sep 2011

Mini charrette

Susan Parham (Organiser)
22 Mar 2011

UH Arts 'mini' charrette

Susan Parham (Organiser)
Feb 2011

Symposium on Tradition and Modernity in Urban Form, International Seminar on Urban Form, hosted by INTBAU, Princes Foundation for the Built Environment

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
Aug 2005

Food and Megalopolis

Susan Parham (Speaker)
10 Apr 1996

9th Symposium of Australian Gastronomy

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
1996

Port Adelaide Urban Design Charrette

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
1994

“Food, Why Geographers Should Care”

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
1994

Alchemy Urban Design Conference

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
1993

Convivial Green Space

Susan Parham (Speaker)
3 Mar 1992

The Place of Eating

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
1991

Australian Symposia of Gastronomy

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)
19891996

Overview

Associate Professor Parham works as the University's Head of Urbanism and Planning at the School of Life and Medical Sciences (LMS) in the Geography, Environment and Agriculture (GEA) group. In December 2018 Susan was appointed as the Director of the new University of Hertfordshire Urbanism Unit (UHUU). Susan is also the Academic Director of the International Garden Cities Institute (IGCI) established in 2015 in Letchworth as part of the University's research partnership with the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation. Her particular research interests include the urbanism of Garden Cities and New Towns, as well as food and spatial design, sprawl retrofitting and transport oriented, compact cities. Associate Professor Parham also has 'process' expertise in engagement on planning, urban design amd urbanism issues.

At the International Garden Cities Institute Associate Professor Parham is working on a range of research proccesses with 'workstream' leads as well as with colleagues at UH and in other academic institutions internationally on developing the Institute's research capacity and planned settlement/garden city related learning. Associate Professor Parham recently wrote a think piece on 'Why are Garden Vilages in the News?' and has published the first and second of the Institute's Garden City Perspectives research and policy papers. The first was co-written with Keith Boyfield on the topic 'Garden Cities - Why Not?', the second on Garden Cities in Africa has been prepared by Keith Boyfield and Oni Oviri A substantial proportion of Associate Professor Parham's recent research and teaching has focused in on Garden Cities and New Towns' urbanism and placemaking, along with work on 'retrofitting' urban sprawl. Associate Professor Parham recently published a Garden Cities Perspectives paper on how to build a new garden city based on her co-written, commended entry for the Wolfson Economcis Prize.

At LMS Associate Professor Parham runs substantial research and partnership projects. With colleague Dr John McCormack and more latterly researcher Tessa Whicheloe she is undertaking a three year research programme with Tarmac through the Sustainable Living Partnership which is exploring sustainable materials supply chains. For more than three years prior to this new research she ran comparative primary research into sustainable placemaking in masterplanned communities with Dr Alasdair Jones and Dr John McCormack, again through the University's Sustainable Living Partnership with Tarmac. Her recent article 'Reflecting on sustainable architecture and urbanism as 'an ecology of living' recently appeared in Korea's c3 Architecture Magazine (No 387).

Associate Professor Parham is substantially involved in the University's Master's Programme in Sustainable Planning, which she managed on an interim basis while a new director was appointed for that programme in 2017. She  supervises PhD students, most recently through a ERDF/LEP/LGCHF funded scholar on garden city food economy issues, and teaches on the Professional Doctorate in Heritage. Susan teaches on the Masters level sustainable planning programmes and short courses, including in relation to urban design and conservation; urban regeneration; spatial planning; development viability, and community engagement in the planning system. She teaches undergraduate geography students in urban social geography and supervises 'real world' research projects.

Associate Professor Parham has been exploring the design and planning connections between food and cities since the early 1990s. Her most recent book chaoter looks at food and place issues in peri-urban areas as part of the book, Agrourbanism, edited by Enrico Gottero. Susan has also published two chapters, on food and urban design with Dr Jaques Abelman, and on the evolution of food markets in a Handbook of Landscape and Food for Routledge, Jan 2018, (edited by Tim Waterman and Josh Zeunert). In late 2016 Susan published the research report 'Making Space for Food in Hatfield' with Ben McCabe and earlier in 2016 published a chapter "Shrinking Cities and Food: Place-making for Sustainable Renewal, Reuse and Retrofit' in the book Future Directions for the European Shrinking City (Eds. Hans Schlappa and William Neill) in the RTPI Routledge series. In 2015 Associate Professor Parham completed a book for Bloomsbury entitled Food and Urbanism, delving into the interplay between food and place from the scale of the table to the region, while her 2012 book Market Place: Food Quarters, Design and Urban Renewal in London reported on primary research into food-centred regeneration processes that are transforming physical spaces and social practices in moribund market areas in contemporary London.

Associate Professor Parham holds undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in political economy, town planning, urban design and urban sociology, with a PhD from the London School of Economics’ Cities Programme.