Dr Catherine Queen



College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Catherine's background is in Landscape Architecture and Town Planning and she has a Master's Degree from the University of Liverpool where she won the Holford Prize (2011) as an outstanding candidate completing the programme of studies for the Degree of Master of Civic Design. In 2013, Catherine was awarded an ESRC funded PhD studentship at the University of Exeter on the Environment, Energy and Resilience Pathway. She completed her PhD in 2022.


PhD Environment, Energy and Resilience

MCD - Master of Civic Design (Distinction), University of Liverpool

BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture, Heriot Watt University

MRTPI - Chartered Town Planner
CMLI - Chartered Landscape Architect
PIEMA - Practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)



As a PhD researcher at the University of Exeter, Catherine explored issues around public engagement with Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, particularly high voltage overhead power lines. Her research used a Case Study approach based on the North West Coast Connections project which was a proposed overhead power line in West Cumbria. Catherine is particularly interested in examining hard-to-reach and disengaged publics through a Bourdieusian lens with the novel addition of place.

Professional experience

Catherine is an experienced Town Planner and also specialises in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. She was previously employed as a Principal Consultant in addition to studying at the University of Exeter and now works as a Lecturer in Planning at the University of Liverpool, Department of Geography and Planning. Catherine is both a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute and a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.