School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Elizabeth Brooks

Research Associate


Research Interests

Social justice, environmental justice, climate justice and change imaginaries, landscape.


Professional background

2017-2020 research associate, EU H2020 project, SAPL, Newcastle University

2014-2017 research fellow, Crichton Institute and Crichton Carbon Centre, South Scotland

2012 -2014 research associate, EU FP7 ARCH project, SAPL, Newcastle University

2008-2011 research assistant and visiting lecturer at SAPL, Newcastle University

2000-2005 research officer, then research manager at Counsel and Care, national older people’s charity

1996-2000 researcher in mental health at Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and St Georges Hospital Medical School

1987-1992 editor in arts publishing, including Conran Octopus (Editorial Assistant, various), Philip Wilson (Editor, Sotheby's Art at Auction) and Centaur Communications (Senior Editor, Artscribe).



Ph.D. Rural Ageing, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University (funded by ESRC and DCLG)

M.Sc. Ageing and Mental Health, Department of Mental Health Sciences, University College London (part-funded by Counsel and Care)

B.Sc. Psychology equivalent (British Psychological Society Graduate Basis for Registration); MA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art (with Distinction), B.A. Philosophy and French, St Catherine’s College Oxford (College Scholarship and Sotheby Parke Bernet Travel Award).



French (fluent); German (basic)



Research Posts

Research Associate 2017-2020 RELOCAL (Resituating the Local in Cohesion and Territorial Development), funded by EU Horizon 2020, led by University of Eastern Finland.

Research Fellow 2014-2017 Sustainable Rurality in South Scotland, funded by Scottish Funding Council, led by Crichton Institute, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Glasgow University.

Research Associate 2012-2014 ARCH (Architecture and roadmap to manage multiple pressures on lagoons), funded by EU Framework Programme 7, led by Norwegian Geotechnical Institute.

Research Assistant 2013-14  Global SECURE: Sustainable Energy through China-UK Research Engagement: supporting scholar exchange and project outcomes including journal special issues and five year plan of engagement, with Professor John Pendlebury and Professor Simin Davoudi, funded by EPSRC

Research Assistant 2011 Consultancy project on Neighbourhood Planning: acting as critical friend to a Neighbourhood Planning Frontrunner in Northumberland, with Dr Geoff Vigar and Dr Zan Gunn, funded by the Catherine Cookson Trust.

Research Assistant 2012-13 Environmental Justice in the City of Newcastle: investigating the empirical aspects of environmental burdens and benefits in the city, with Professor Simin Davoudi, funded by the Institute for Local Governance.

Research Assistant  2012 -13 Tackling Low Standards in Environmental Quality: a rapid review of the evidence, with Professor Simin Davoudi, commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Research Manager 2003-05 Counsel and Care (national older people's charity), London.

Research Officer 2000-02 Counsel and Care (national older people's charity), London.

Research Worker 1996-2000 St George's, University of London; Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London.



TCP1014 Planning Processes

TCP8932 Planning for Climate Change 

TCP2023 Understanding Sustainable Development

TCP1026 Understanding Place

TCP3050 Strategies into Action

GEO3019 Analysis of Populations in Space and Time