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Richard is Professor emeritus of Urban Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction.

He is an urban planner, specialised in the use of geo-spatial technologies for urban planning and management. From 1981 to 1983 he was a planning consultant and local government planner in South Australia. He has worked in planning education and research since joining ITC in December 1983. He obtained his PhD from Utrecht University, for his research “Managing Informal Settlements: a study using Geographic Information Technology in Dar es Salaam Tanzania”. His research interests and activities are focused on the use of geo-spatial technologies in spatial planning for sustainable urban development with an emphasis on issues related to urban informality, urban poverty alleviation and how spatial planning contributes to disaster risk redcution and resilience building. Recently he has been supervising PhD students working on: social-ecological resilience in Rafsanjan, Iran; integrated urban and flood modelling in Kampala and Kigali; the use of UAVs for slum mapping in Kigali, Rwanda; Planning support for urban resettlement projects in Kigali, Rwanda; Risk perception and flood mitigation in Kampala; modelling impacts of urban growth in the Nile River valley; moedlling housing choices in the urban wildland interface in Cape Town; community awareness of cascading impacts in Medllin, Colombia; the selection of appropriate adaptation and mitigation measures at NUTS3 level in Europe. He has supervised PhD’s working on disasters and urban spatial planning issues in Lalitpur, Nepal and Medellin, Colombia; participatory spatial planning tools in Tripoli, Lebanon; spatial planning and surface water management in Wuhan, China; economic cluster development in Beijing, China; urban village development in Shenzhen, China; slum mapping methods for Indian cities; slum upgrading and governance in Ahmedabad; land use and transport integration in Hanoi and Wuhan.

Richard has worked in numerous international development and capacity building projects including the following countries: China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam. From 2012-2013 he was team leader of the Integrated Flood Management in Kampala project undertaken under the UN-HABITAT Cities and Climate Change Initiative. From 2012-2023 he was a member of the Resilience and Risks Management Strategies thematic group of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and from 2014-2023 he was a member of the Global Human Settlement working group (



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Managing informal Settlements: A study using geo-information in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Utrecht University

14 Nov 199710 Jun 2004

Award Date: 10 Jun 2004

Master, Problems in Monitoring the Growth of a Squatter Settlement: The Housing Process in Manzese, Dar es Salaam. , International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences

Nov 198617 Jun 1988

Award Date: 17 Jun 1988

Bachelor, Diploma in Technology in Planning , South Australian Institute of Technology

Feb 1976Dec 1978

Award Date: 24 May 1979


  • G Geography (General)
  • urban planning
  • disaster risk reduction
  • GIS
  • remote sensing
  • urban modelling
  • slum mapping
  • resilience
  • climate change adaptation
  • planning support systems


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