Cliff has operated as a freelance consultant since 2004. He does research, authors reports and is a facilitator and trainer. While at Heriot-Watt University he was also involved in contract research.

He has worked on numerous projects:

  • With Spatial Foresight GmbH ( ) to deliver research-based reports for the ESPON Co-ordination Unit on European territorial development and policy.
  • With the Royal Town Planning Institute ( to deliver the UK National Contact Point for the ESPON 2013 programme. 
  • As an external expert for the Royal Town Planning Institute on transnational projects within the ESPON 2013 programme.
  • For the ESPON 2013 Co-ordination Unit as a peer reviewer on Sounding Boards for research projects.
  • On European Union INTERREG projects.
  • On other European projects.
  • On Commonwealth, international and global projects.
  • On UK projects.  

Commonwealth, international and global projects


Support to Palestinians at risk of displacement in Israeli Controlled Area C of the West Bank, 2014-15.

  • Within this DFID-funded project, Cliff produced a scoping study of planning issues in Area C of the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territory, led an International Advisory Board of experienced professional planners that looked at plans submitted for Palestinian villages, wrote the report for the Board, and organised a UK study visit for a group of senior officials from Ramallah that was led by the Deputy Minister for Local Government. The report is at

Commonwealth Secretariat

Developing Urban Planning Education, 2011.

  • Cliff organised and reported on a workshop at the World Planning schools Conference in Perth, Western Australia, to explore the scope for outreach, accreditation and lifelong learning to support the planning profession in rapidly urbanising Commonwealth countries.

Managing urbanisation in small developing states, 2011.


Hungarian EU Presidency

The Territorial State and Perspectives of the European Union:  Update 2011

  • Cliff did the language editing for this report, 2011.

Department for International Development

Making Planning Work, 2006.

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