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Regeneration In Sustainable Environments



Regeneration consultants, RISE Associates, specialise in research and analysis particularly in the South-east, London and East of England. Our focus is on services for regeneration programmes that will provide sustainable environments – ethically sound and forward thinking as well as financially practical.

RISE work is innovative and collaborative. We aim to deliver excellence and value for money on planning, transport and environment issues, programme management and all aspects of sustainability.

Key RISE consultant, Sarah Bissett Scott, is a regeneration professional experienced in programme management, writing policy documents, and advising on sustainable development in local authorities. Sarah’s work on spatial justice was recognised in the 2019 RTPI Research Excellence Awards where judges “praised the overall level of the research, with a special mention on the thoroughness of the literature mobilised…” . Other associates working with RISE are professionals with high quality and experienced practitioners in Architecture, Education, Urban Design and other disciplines essential to values-based regeneration delivery.


Underpinning the direction of travel for RISE is achieving spatial justice in the UK Planning system. Sarah’s doctorate awarded in 2018 was recently shortlisted for the RTPI Research Excellence Awards. A major outcome from the thesis case-study on North Kensington (1976-2016) is a toolkit that moves away from a solely financial assessment of spatial outcomes in development.  Proposing a ‘kite-mark’ of spatial justice measured through a Values-Impact Analysis (VIA), the thesis recommends practical indicators of whether stakeholder objectives in an area, for example a community’s or a local authority’s, are being achieved, VIA adds a perspective that funding bodies can apply in analysing development delivery and outcomes.

Current projects include book reviews such as ‘Transport Justice’ (TPR, 90(2)), contributing to academic studies of Insurgent planning (TU Delft), revisiting the SEEDS project (1994-2001) on regional economic development in the South-east of England, and continuing pedagogic involvement with the Professional Doctorate course at Anglia Ruskin University. Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 management are RISE Associates specialisms.


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