Corinne Swain, OBE, MA(Cantab), MPhil, FRTPI



Future Urban Living Policy Commission



Corinne is a former Director and Head of Planning at Arup, and now holds an Arup Fellowship focussing on knowledge sharing and research. She has established a strong personal reputation on strategic policy issues and planning procedures, at the interface between economics, demographics, transport, environment and urban design from a career spanning nearly 40 years. She has been a member of government advisory committees on planning research, transport, property and professional standards, has recently contributed to the government’s Land Use Futures Foresight project, and is currently a member of the Mayor’s Outer London Commission.

She has extensive experience in facilitating debates, including on sustainable design and construction for BRE in late 2011, on Sustainable Cities for the Cambridge Programme on Sustainable Leadership in 2009, and on climate change at the national Sustainable Communities Summit in 2008.

Between 1999 and 2010, she chaired 11 examinations in public to test draft regional spatial strategies throughout England on behalf of the Planning Inspectorate. She sought to capture this experience and that of other regional practitioners by co-authoring a book, English Regional Planning 2000-2010: Lessons for the Future, published in July 2012.

Recent journal articles have included advocating the need for greater spatial awareness in policy making, commenting on the role of evidence, and speculating on where next for strategic planning. Examples of her thought pieces are at:  

She is actively seeking to influence the reshaped planning system in England through her contributions to the National Planning Forum, the TCPA Policy Council and the RTPI English Policy Panel.

Prior to consultancy, she worked briefly in local government and for BAA.