Dr Olivia Wilson

Dr Olivia Wilson

Lecturer in Human Geography (Spatial Planning)

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


I studied Geography as an undergraduate and postgraduate student at Durham University before moving to New Zealand to lecture at Otago University in 1990. Returning to the UK in 1992, I was a Geography lecturer at De Montfort University until 2004 before moving to Plymouth and working for Plymouth City Council as a spatial planner until 2017. I teach on the MSc Planning course and also on a number of undergraduate modules, including Competitive Cities and Spatial Planning.

My main research interest relates to the role that spatial planning can play in protecting and enhancing urban green space in relation to recreation but also visual amenity, biodiversity and climate change. A better understanding of the value of urban green space will be especially important in the current context of the challenge to provide for more housing and also the challenge of climate change.