Joe Ravetz is a leading thinker on sustainable futures for urban and regional development. His landmark study “City-Region 2020” integrated planning for a sustainable environment, provides new insights and new pathways, by exploring a detailed case study on the re-engineering of a large conurbation. From this work the Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology (CURE) was formed in collaboration with Professor John Handley. Joe has raised over £2 million in research funding and built an active portfolio of policy-relevant research with four main strands:
Spatial development studies:
Futures and information systems:
Evaluation and participation studies:
Each of these comprises a range of projects at the regional, UK and EU levels, working across sectors such as housing, transport, land-use, energy and environmental management, economic development, organisational studies.
His current roles include: Research Fellow & Co-Director, Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology, Manchester University; membership of the editorial board of Foresight Journal (Emerald Publishing); coordinator of the Greater Manchester Policy Exchange programme; and Principal for SAMI. In addition Joe delivers many training courses, seminars, keynote presentations and review services around the UK and EU and publishes extensively on social and environmental sustainability
He has a BSc in Architecture, 1983 (University College London) and a Diploma in Architecture, 1987 (Manchester Metropolitan University)