Professor Christopher Balch

Professor Christopher Balch

Emeritus Professor

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



Professor of Planning,  Course Leader MSc Planning
Chair, Management Board of the Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research (ISSR)


MA Geography, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
MPhil Urban Design and Regional Planning, University of Edinburgh

Career in planning and development consultancy with Strathclyde Regional Council, Halcrow Fox (Planning and Transportation Consultants), Pieda plc (Planning, Economic and Development Consultants) and DTZ (Interntational Real Estate Advisors). Latterly Managing Director of DTZ UK & Ireland

Professional membership

Member, Royal Town Planning Institute
Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Crawter, Gilchrist and Galsworthy Prizewinner)
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

Roles on external bodies

Chair, Royal Town Planning Instiute, South West Branch, 2014
Non Executive Chairman, Hilson Moran, Consulting Engineers from 2013
Director, The Academy of Urbanism from 2010
Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors UK Planning and Development Professional Board
Chair of South West Lakes Trust's Burrator Reservoir Liaison Group

Independent Chair, Basildon Renaissance Partnership 1997 to 2010
External Member of Council, University of Essex 2009 to 2010
Board Member, Torbay Development Agency from 2010 to 2013



Key publications

Balch CH (2011) 'Cities - Continuity and Change: Dublin, Edinburgh & London' in Evans B; McDonald F Space, Place, Life Abingdon Routledge 22-41
Balch CH (2011) 'Great Cities don't just happen: they are made! Amsterdam, Barcelona & Berlin' in Evans B; McDonald F; Rudlin D Urban Identity Abingdon Routledge 12-35