University of Hertfordshire

Dr Susan Parham

Head of Urbanism and Planning

Susan Parham

Dr Susan Parham

Head of Urbanism and Planning

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


Research interests

Research interests include the urbanism of Garden Cities and New Towns; food and city design; urban morphology and renewal; design processes for remaking 'sprawl' urbanism toward more transport oriented development; and urban sustainability.

Teaching specialisms

Teaching specialisms include principles of urbanism; the urbanism of Garden Cities and New Towns; urban sprawl 'retrofitting'; urban design and conservation theory and practice; and the theory and practice of design focused stakeholder engagement.

Research interests

Dr Parham recently launched the first of the International Garden Cities Institute's Garden City Perspectives research and policy papers, co-written with Keith Boyfield on the topic 'Garden Cities - Why Not?' (July 14, 2016).

in 2016 Dr Parham 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 Routledge's RTPI Library series.

Dr Parham recently published an article "What is a garden city – and why is money being spent on building them?" (January, 2016) for "The Conversation.

Dr Parham gave a lecture and ran a study tour in central London on Food and Place in Soho and Beyond for students on a master's course in Historical and Sustainable Architecture, New York University

Dr Parham facilitated a town wide debate at Letchworth Garden City and reported back to the town's governors about the range of views expressed by residents in relation to the possible expansion of the town.

Dr Parham recently delivered two masterclasses at the Prince's Foundation for Building Community on Engaging with Urbanism, and previously on Food and Urbanism from the Scale of the Table to the Post Urban Region.

Dr Parham spoke at a recent seminar in Welwyn Garden City on Garden Cities: Selective Borrowings, Contemporary Practices.