University of Hertfordshire

Assoc Prof Susan Parham



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Assoc Prof. Susan Parham


  • School of Life and Medical Sciences
  • University of Hertfordshire Urbanism Unit
  • Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management Research
  • Centre for Climate Change Research
  • Food Policy, Nutrition and Diet
  • Weight and Obesity Research Group
  • Department of Psychology, Sport and Geography
  • Centre for Future Societies Research
Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Research output

Terms of Engagement: Mobilising Citizens in Edible Nature-based Solutions

Parham, S., Edwards, F. & Manderscheid, M., 2 Jun 2021, (Submitted) In: Cities. p. 1-22 22 p.

Exploring food and urbanism

Parham, S. & Hardy, M. (ed.), 15 May 2021, (Accepted/In press) London: Routledge. (Special Issues as Books)

Building food places and resilience: Social, economic and urban design lessons from recent projects in Letchworth Garden City and Hatfield New Town

Parham, S. & Andre, A., 24 Mar 2021, (Submitted) 4th International Conference of IGU commission AGLE Thinking rural-urban interactions through food and land use issues. Montpellier: IGU AGLE: Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering, p. 1-3 3 p.

Food and Welwyn Garden City: prescribing a sociable future?

Parham, S., 8 Aug 2020, In: Town and Country Planning Association Journal. 89, p. 238-241 4 p.

Exploring sustainable urbanism in masterplanned developments: a collective case study of slippage between principles, policies, and practices

Parham, S. & Jones, A., 22 Jul 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability.

Food, Conviviality and Urbanism in a Rural Context

Parham, S., 17 Jan 2020, Rural Urbanism. Elmlund, P. & Haas, T. (eds.). Bokförlaget Stolpe, p. 33-53 20 p.

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.

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, (E-pub ahead of print) 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

Food, landscape and urban design

Parham, S., 4 Mar 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., 4 Mar 2018, Handbook of Landscape and Food . Waterman, T. & Zeunert, J. (eds.). London: Routledge

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.

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.

'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.

Shaping sustainable urbanism: Are garden cities the answer?

Parham, S., 17 Sep 2013, (Unpublished) “Shaping Canberra: the lived experience of place, home and capital” : Humanities Research Centre Conference, Australian National University. p. 1-9 19 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


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.


Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability (Journal)

Susan Parham (Peer reviewer)

14 Feb 2020

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)


Port Adelaide Urban Design Charrette

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)


“Food, Why Geographers Should Care”

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)


Alchemy Urban Design Conference

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)


Convivial Green Space

Susan Parham (Speaker)

3 Mar 1992

The Place of Eating

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)


Australian Symposia of Gastronomy

Susan Parham (Invited speaker)



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. Susan is 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. In December 2018 Susan was appointed as the Director of the new University of Hertfordshire Urbanism Unit (UHUU). 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 and sustainable cities. Associate Professor Parham also has 'process' expertise in engagement on planning, urban design and urbanism issues.

Partnership working, research and writing on garden cities and urban planning: At the International Garden Cities Institute Associate Professor Parham is active on a range of research processes including the EU funded international Edible Cities Research Network project (‘EdiCitNet for short), for which she co-wrote the funding bid. Over four years Susan is working with the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and community based partners on developing ‘edible city solutions’ in keeping with garden city principles within a broad international consortium of partners focusing on urban resilience and food. Susan has also recently taken part in the design jury for the LGCHF-Royal Institute of British Architects design competition which chose masterplanners for the development of a new part of Letchworth Garden City. Associate Professor Parham writes on garden cities in a range of contexts. Most recently Susan helped write the new Edible Garden Cities Guide produced by the Town and Country Planning Association. She is currently preparing a piece for The Conversation also on edible garden cities and has previously explored 'Why are Garden Villages in the News?' also for The Conversation. Susan has now published five ‘Garden Cities Perspectives Papers, an in-depth policy papers series she initiated through the IGCI in 2017 and has been lead or co-author on two of these. The most recent was a Perspectives Paper with colleagues on how to build a new garden city based on her co-written, commended entry for the Wolfson Economics Prize.

Research: At LMS Associate Professor Parham runs substantial research and partnership projects. Susan is currently completing a three-year research programme with Tarmac through the Sustainable Living Partnership in which she is exploring decision making for sustainability within construction industry materials supply chains. For more than three years prior to this current research Susan ran comparative primary research into sustainable placemaking in masterplanned communities with Assistant Professor Alasdair Jones and Dr John McCormack, again through the University's Sustainable Living Partnership with Tarmac. A peer-reviewed paper on findings from this research co-written with Assistant Professor Jones is shortly to appear in the Journal of Urbanism. Susan’s related article, 'Reflecting on sustainable architecture and urbanism as 'an ecology of living', recently appeared in Korea's c3 Architecture Magazine (No 387). Susan is a member of the University’s Design Research Group and her work is being submitted for the Design Unit of Assessment in this iteration of the Research Excellence Framework. Susan is also active in international research in related urban planning areas and has taken part in research, presentations and peer reviewed journal activity with colleagues Dr Stéphane Sadoux and Dr Matthew Hardy for the Diffuse Cities and Urbanisation Network sponsored by the research federation “LABEX Urban Futures”, under the umbrella of the University Paris-Est.

Teaching: Associate Professor Parham is Head of Planning School and from March 1st will be Programme Leader for the University's Master's Programme in Sustainable Planning. Susan led the accreditation process for the Planning School which has recently completed its accreditation, being judged an effective planning school by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Susan teaches and supervises research students both within the Geography group and in the University’s Professional Doctorate in Heritage. Susan’s PhD student supervision includes students associated with her research unit (UHUU), as well as a ERDF/LEP/LGCHF funded scholar on garden city food economy issues, and for the Professional Doctorate in Heritage. Susan teaches on the Masters level Sustainable Planning MSc 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 Levels 4 and 6 on space and place and urban social geography, and supervises a number of student projects at Level 6. Susan gives annual guest lectures on areas of urbanism including engagement and food for the University of Oxford’s MA in Sustainable Urban Development, as well as for urban policy programmes at the University of Glasgow and the University of Swansea.

Publications: Associate Professor Parham has been exploring the design and planning connections between food and cities since the early 1990s and as well as her research and publications related to garden cities and planned settlements work. Her most recent writing on food includes a Special Issue of the Journal of Urbanism on Food and Urbanism (February, 2020) for which Susan acted as Editor and produced a detailed Editorial. Her most recent book chapter looks at rural urbanism and conviviality while another recent chapter explores 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 Jacques Abelman, and on the evolution of food markets, in a Handbook of Landscape and Food (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 based on this primary research as "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 Susan 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 productive 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.

Scholarly activities and research dissemination: Susan has been editor (chair of the editorial panel) of the peer-reviewed journal, Urban Design and Planning, for the Institute of Civil Engineers since 2016 and will be stepping down in November 2020 at the end of her extended term. Susan is book reviews editor and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urbanism, a role she has held since the journal’s inception in 2007. Susan is an active peer reviewer and has provided reviews for journals including the Journal of Urbanism, Urban Design International, Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Space and Culture, Societies, Sustainability, and Agriculture and Human Values among others. Susan is active in presenting research at conferences including the UK and Ireland Planning Research Conference, and Aesop, and takes part in the Planning Schools Forum. Susan is an active alumnus of Living Streets as its former deputy chair of trustees.

Associate Professor Parham holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in political economy (BA), town planning (Grad Dip), urban design (MA), and urban sociology (PhD) from the London School of Economics’ Cities Programme. Susan is a Research Associate for the Laboratory for Building Cultures, at the École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Grenoble (ENSAG) and a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Adelaide. Susan is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) and a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).