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Andrea Frank

Dr Andrea Frank

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Geography and Planning


I was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship by the School of Geography and Planning in January 2019. My wide-ranging research interests include education and capacity building for planning practitioners and pedagogical approaches, sustainable urban development, public participation / community engagement, regional planning and governance, human-nature relationships, urban design and green infrastructure.

A dedicated educator with expertise in design studio, live project, experiential & work-based learning, and field study leadership, I was awarded an InnoLectureship by the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2012. In 2014 I was awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of my sustained track record in Higher Education Teaching and Management.

I hold a part-time Guest Lectureship at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart (Germany) for Comparative International Planning since 2007 and am regularly invited to give talks on planning education matters, most recently in November 2017 in Hong Kong at Hong Kong University and October 2018 in Tainan (Taiwan) at the National Cheng Kung University.

I have served on the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) executive committee (2007-2014) and represented AESOP in the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN). I frequently serve as track chair for the planning education track for the AESOP annual congresses and currently coordinate the AESOP special interest group on Planning Education.



  • Certificate in Practical Leadership for University Management – ILM (2009)
  • PhD in Urban Technological and Environmental Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – USA (2000)
  • Master of Urban Planning + Certificate in Gaming Simulation, University of Michigan Ann Arbor – USA (1994)
  • Dipl-Ing (Arch), Technical University of Stuttgart – Germany (1990)

Career Profile

  • Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia (January 2019- February 2019)
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (Sept 2005 - July 2018)
  • Research Fellow, School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University (Sept 2000 – August 2005)
  • Centre for Education in the Built Environment Subject Coordinator & Deputy Director Centre for Education in the Built Environment, Cardiff University (Sept 2000 -2011)
  • Visiting Lecturer in International Comparative Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Design, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart (2007- present)
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA (1992-1994; 1995-2000)
  • Consultant responsible for project management for international standard development, Haas + Partner Engineering Ltd., Stuttgart, Germany (March – Aug 1995)
  • CAD Software marketing and training specialist, Zueblin – RIB/RZB, Stuttgart (Feb 1989 – Sept 1991)

External Activities

  • Regularly peer review article manuscripts for: Studies in Higher Education, American Journal of Evaluation, Planning Theory and Practice, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, International Planning Studies, Planning Practice and Research, Cities, Australian Planning, and occasional others
  • Reviewer for Research grants, e.g. Economic and Social Research council (UK) and Swiss research council (ongoing); Advisor to University of Edinburgh – EDINA E-map-Scholar Project (2001-2004)
  • International Advisory Board Member: SAGSAGA, Society of German Simulation and Gaming Association. Jury member for Annual Gaming/simulation Prize (2014 - present)
  • Editorial Board member: CEBE Transactions (2004 - 2011)
  • Editorial Board member: Transactions of AESOP (2017- present)

International Work

For the last four years, I have been exploring and comparing the potential of green infrastructure to contribute to sustainable urban development together with colleagues from the University of Florida and University of Indonesia. This included organizing three annual International Joint Student workshops and Seminars in Jakarta (Indonesia) with a total of 65 students from Cardiff’s MSc EcoCities participating.