Dr Richard Nunes


Dr Richard Nunes

Dr Richard Nunes

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Real Estate & Planning
Real Estate & Planning
HBS 140, Whiteknights Campus
+44 (0) 118 378 6229



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


European spatial planning; local and regional economic development; urbanisation; environmental change and governance.

Selected Research Grants

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

Current PhD students

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

Amy Burnett: The Identity Governance Network: understanding the politics of identity in sustainability transitions: a case study in and around Frome's Neighbourhood Development Plan. First supervisor

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

Dexter Du: The role of property in the politics of urban experimentation. First supervisor

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

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


View a full list of Dr Richard Nunes' Publications

Key Publications

Nunes, R. and da Cal Seixas, S. R. (2017) Subjectivity in a context of environmental change: opening new dialogues in mental health research. Subjectivity, 10 (3). pp. 294-312. ISSN 1755-635X doi: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41286-017-0032-z

Nunes, R. (2017) Rethinking justice in city-regional food systems planning. Built Environment, 43 (3). pp. 447-459. ISSN 0263-7960 doi: https://doi.org/10.2148/benv.43.3.447

Feola, G. and Nunes, R. (2014) Success and failure of grassroots innovations for addressing climate change: the case of the Transition Movement. Global Environmental Change, 24. pp. 232-250. ISSN 0959-3780 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.11.011