Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry, Leeds Beckett University
Alan Simson is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry at Leeds Beckett University and a member of the Leeds Sustainability Institute. He has been involved with urban forestry / urban futures / urban landscapes for many years, having gained extensive professional experience in the UK New Towns (Telford), private practice (including his own) and higher education, both in the UK and abroad. He has been involved with many EU research projects on urban forestry and urban green infrastructure, some of which he has led on behalf of the UK, as well as being involved in many national, regional and local committees /activities. He is a member of the Landscape Institute’s Technical Committee and their Plant Health and Biosecurity Group; is Chair of the Steering Group of the White Rose Forest, a Director / Trustee of the Community Forest Trust and of the Arboricultural Association; a member of the International Committee of the European Forum on Urban Forestry, and a ‘special advisor’ on urban forestry / urban greening to the UN’s FAO.