Brian Field is a senior economist at the European Investment Bank (EIB), where he is also the Bank’s Special Managerial Adviser on Urban Planning and Development and therefore, de facto, the Bank’s leading urban specialist. His professional career has covered the full spectrum of contemporary planning practice and, prior to joining EIB, included a number of senior appointments at executive manager, director and board levels, in both the public and private sectors, for example as Head of Planning and Economics at WS Atkins International. He has also enjoyed a successful academic career, including professorial appointments at the National University of Singapore and, more recently, as Head of the School of the Built Environment at De Montfort University in the UK, where he still holds the chair as Professor of Planning and Development to reflect ongoing research and other academic commitments. His current research focuses on the built environment and the promotion of more sustainable development at all spatial scales, spanning low energy planning and transport policies, and the social implications of settlement patterns that embrace a more explicit pursuit of the “green” agenda. He has published extensively on planning and related matters in books and scholarly papers, and is on the editorial board of several international refereed journals.
Professor Field has degrees from Brunel University, Cambridge University, the City University and the University of Westminster, and was a doctoral candidate at the London School of Economics. As a qualified planning and development practitioner, he is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI), a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT).