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Dr Richard Nunes


Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Real Estate & Planning

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  • Environmental design, 
  • Sustainability transitions, 
  • Local environment and economic development planning, 
  • Urban bioregionalism


HBS 222, Whiteknights Campus

Richard Nunes' interests relate to design, planning, and governance, especially where it involves the integration of urban ecosystem services into development planning processes and urban policy decision-making tools. He examines human-environment interactions, whether mediated by citizen actions or institutions, and its effects on the interplay of knowledge and policy development as well as strategic planning processes and outcomes.

Richard is mainly concerned with how and why environmental attitudes, risk perceptions, and associated ecological behaviour vary across distinct social and stakeholder groups, different biophysical settings, and diverse places.


  • PhD, University College London, 2011
  • Master in Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2003
  • Bachelor in Architecture, Cornell University, 1996

Current PhD students

Teejay Azeez: Effects of Climate Change on Housing Design/Quality and Health of residents in Nigeria. Lead supervisor

Martha Cross: Spatial imaginaries of food systems: a case study of food policy councils in the UK. Lead supervisor

Jessica Goodenough (Geography): Peri urban agriculture practices and citizen science. Co-supervisor

Andre Dornelles (Biosciences): Food systems and resilience. Co-supervisor

Real Estate and Planning Dissertation

The Real Estate and Planning Dissertation module provides a vehicle for an in-depth understanding of a chosen area of planning, real estate, and rural land and business management practice. Depending...

Module code: REMDISS40

Waste Food-Energy-Water Urban Living Labs - Mapping and Reducing Waste in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus (2018-2020).
ESRC/AHRC/Innovate UK, and several other international research councils (£1,313,856.11)
Co-I Coventry University (Lead), University of Bath, Schumacher Institute, Wessex Water, GENeco, Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Bristol Food Network (UK), and international partners in Brazil, The Netherlands, South Africa, Norway and United States.

Mental Health, Violence and Urban Global Environmental Change (2014-16)
FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation (£75,000)
Co-I with State University of Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil)

Urban Coastal Transformations: Promoting transnational policy development in the governance of environmental quality and crime reduction (2015)
ESRC and FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation (£39,507)
Co-I with Oxford Brookes University (Lead), State University of Campinas (Sao Paulo, Brazil), University of Cardiff

Cities on the Grow - Pathways to supporting the sustainable growth of urban food enterprises in London, Reading and Almere (2014-2015)
EIT European Institute of Innovation and Technology - Climate KIC (£160,000)
Co-I with Wageningen University (Lead), Deltares, Henley Business School Centre for Entrepreneurship