Visiting Professors

Hugh BartonHugh Barton

Emeritus Professor at WHO Collaborating Centre

Subject specialism

Healthy planning

Hugh Barton is a town planner and Emeritus Professor of planning, health and sustainability in the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol. In the early eighties he founded the Urban Centre for Appropriate Technology – now the Centre for Sustainable Energy. His books include Sustainable Settlements, a Guide to Local Authority Auditing, Sustainable Communities, and Healthy Urban Planning (translated into six languages). He was lead editor of the Routledge Handbook of planning for health and well-being (2015), and is working on City of well-being – a radical new guide to town planning (publication 2016). His recreations include walking, choral music, grand-children, and preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan. 

Mark PietroniMark Pietroni

MA(Cantab) MA(Open) MBA (Open) MBBChir MRCP(UK) FRCP(London) DTM&H
Visiting Professor in the Department of Health and Social Sciences

Subject specialism

Public health

My wife, Teresa, and I trained at Cambridge University and the London Hospital in Whitechapel in east London. The large Bengali community in east London sparked an interest in working in Bangladesh and in 1997 we left the UK to work at a small mission hospital in a very rural part of NW Bangladesh. We expected to stay for 3-5 years but have just returned with our 3 daughters (two of whom were born in Bangladesh) after almost 15 years.

During that time we had amazing opportunities to learn from and take part in the dynamic health and development sector in Bangladesh working with the Government of Bangladesh, donors such as DfID, and many NGOs and other voluntary sector organisations.

From 1997 to 2007 we worked at LAMB ( The project was at the cutting edge of community managed and financed primary and secondary health care services, ran nationally accredited training programmes, and latterly developed international research partnerships. I became Executive Director of LAMB in 2002 and Chief Financial Officer in 2003.

In 2007 we moved to Dhaka where I joined ICDDR,B (, an international public health research centre, as Medical Director. My responsibilities included running a hospital that treated up to 1000 patients a day with diarrhoea caused by cholera, rota virus and other pathogens; providing teams to help WHO manage cholera outbreaks worldwide; managing diarrhoea and HIV surveillance programmes; designing and implementing a paperless medical record across 3 sites; setting up the first structured training programme and clinical governance programme in Bangladesh; research in a number of areas; and national and international media and fundraising work.

Returning to the UK I have been looking for roles that match my rather eclectic set of skills and Public Health seems a good fit. I have been encouraged by the support of a number of people in the specialty who have appreciated the value that overseas experience can add. I am delighted to be able to join the team at South Gloucestershire as Interim Director of Public Health. I share the enthusiasm about the return of Public Health to local government and the opportunities it brings to integrate systems and services to improve the health of the community.

Professor Herbert GirardetHerbert Girardet

Visiting Professor at WHO Collaborating Centre

Subject specialism


Since the 1980s Herbert has been working as a cultural and urban ecologist - as a writer, film maker and as an international consultant on sustainable development. For many years he has focussed primarily on the challenges of creating sustainable cities and enterprises. He grew up in Germany but has been based in the UK since 1964. He is married with two grown-up sons. He was a Londoner for many years but now lives in Monmouthshire. Since the 1980s Herbert has delivered lectures at major conferences and events in over 30 countries and over 60 cities.

Herbert is a recipient of a UN 'Global 500 Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievements'. He is a member of the Club of Rome. In 2004 he was a co-founder of the World Future Council and from 2005 to 2010 he was its Director of Programmes. He has worked as a consultant to UN-Habitat and UNEP. He has developed sustainability strategies for major cities such as London and Bristol. He also worked as a senior adviser to the Dongtan Eco-City project on Chongming Island, Shanghai, and for the Riyadh based Saudi Sustainability Initiative.

In 2003 Herbert was inaugural ‘Thinker in Residence’ in Adelaide, developing sustainable development strategies for the region. Says SA Premier Mike Rann:“South Australia is fast becoming a leader in adopting a ‘green’ approach to the way we live, and much of that credit must go to Herbert Girardet”.  In early 2012 Herbert wrote a report about the many environment initiatives that have been implemented there in the last ten years.

Herbert is visiting professor at University of the West of England. From 1996 to 2008 he was chairman of the Schumacher Society, UK, and founder-editor of the highly acclaimed Schumacher Briefings. He is an honorary fellow of Royal Institute of British Architects, a patron of the Soil Association, UK, and a trustee of Artists Project Earth.

Herbert is author and co-author of 13 books, amongst these: BLUEPRINT FOR A GREEN PLANET, 1986; THE GAIA ATLAS OF CITIES, 1992 and 1996; CITIES, PEOPLE, PLANET – Urban Development and Climate Change, 2004 and 2008; SURVIVING THE CENTURY – Facing Climate Change and other Global Challenges, 2008; A RENEWABLE WORLD – Energy, Ecology, Equality, 2009. Books by H. Girardet have been translated in a total of 16 languages. He has also written many other reports and chapters for books. His most recent book, CREATING REGENERATIVE CITIES, publ. by Routledge, was named by Huffington Post as the most important green book of 2014.

From 1985 to 2000 Herbert also worked as writer, producer and director of 50 TV documentaries on environmental topics, including three films made in the Amazon –  JUNGLE PHARMACY, 1987, THE ALTAMIRA GATHERING, 1989, HALTING THE FIRES, 1990. The international TV series, THE PEOPLE’S PLANET, was completed in 2000.

Video lectures by Herbert Girardet can be found on the web at Big Picture, YouTube and the Future of the Urban Landscape

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