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 where I gained experience of working in planning policy and development management. Since 2017 I have taught on the MSc Planning course at Plymouth and also on a number of Geography undergraduate modules, including Competitive Cities and Spatial Planning. 


BA (Hons) Geography - Durham University (1986)

PhD Geography - Durham University (1990)
MA Town and Country Planning - University of the West of England (2006)

Professional membership

Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) since 2009

Roles on external bodies

Member of the Regional Activities Committee of the South West branch of the RTPI

Teaching interests

My main teaching is on the MSc Planning, where I am module leader for PLG502 (Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development); PLG504 (Development Management and Delivery) and PLG505 (Urban Design). I also teach on the Geography undergraduate programme where I am module leader for GGH3200 Competitive Cities. 


Recent publications:

Wilson, O.J. and Hughes, O. (2011) 'Urban Green Space Policy and Discourse in England under New Labour from 1997 to 2010', Planning Practice and Research, 26(2), 207-228.

Wilson, G.A. and Wilson, O.J. (2019) 'Assessing the resilience of human systems: a critical evaluation of universal and contexual variables', Resilience, 7(2), 126-148.