Peter Phillips, Senior Consultant


Peter is a Senior Consultant at CEP and is based in Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde, where he is also a guest lecturer in environmental planning and research methods. He is an experienced strategic environmental planner, researcher and lecturer with a particular interest in all aspects of policy, process and practice for sustainable land use / management. Peter’s current research interests in this area include land use policy and governance for climate change adaptation, participatory land use planning and land use policy evaluation.

Peter holds an MSc in Environmental Studies and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both from the University of Strathclyde. Peter's PhD developed new tools, models and guidance for ecosystems approach based urban land use planning and is entitled “Land use planning in urban areas – towards an ecosystems approach”. He also holds a certificate of higher education in forestry (CertHE National School of Forestry) – a course of study that has given him vital insights into the practical challenges of sustainable land management on the ground.     

Peter has undertaken a wide range of SEA research commissions for the European Commission, Scottish Government and SNIFFER and successfully delivered practical SEA consultancy projects across diverse policy areas, from national level deer management policy to local level regeneration planning. He was also the technical lead for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games SEA as well as a panel member on the Scottish SEA Toolkit Review. Peter has undertaken land use policy evaluations for Scottish Government and Forestry Commission Scotland. 

Peter is a skilled researcher and has extensive experience of a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis techniques. He is an experienced workshop developer and facilitator and regularly uses novel techniques to raise awareness of environmental issues in planning and policy-development.