Research at Leeds Beckett
About Tom Bliss
Tom's main area of activity lies in the overlap between ecology, landscape design, architecture, planning, urban geography and urban design.
He is interested in finding and sharing radical but practical macro-scale ideas, which can help metropolitan areas transition rapidly towards resilient self-sufficiency (within practical limits). In particular he promotes a major rethinking (rooted in the pre-car ideas of his great uncle Ebenezer Howard) of urban green, blue and brown infrastructure, using connectivity and community engagement to maximise local food production, biodiversity, biosequestration, bioremediation, water management and soil health, while incorporating the traditional requirements for health and well-being through amenity and recreation (and, to an extent, transport).
Tom sits on the committees of (and engages with in his research and teaching):
- Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum
- Leeds Environment Forum
- Kirkstall Valley Park / KEEP
- Back to Front
- Feed Leeds
- Leeds Edible Schools Sustainability Network
- Leeds Edible Campus
He moderates the Climate Geek website, and is currently also working with the United Bank of Carbon, hosted by the University of Leeds.
Tom is currently developing the TRUG Project. His chief focus within TRUG is a crowd-sourced GIS exercise, using an interactive web-map to relate legal and historical spatial data, from local authority and corporate sources, to publicly-entered observational and aspirational data. The website also facilitates engagement between decision-making and community actors, and provides an advisory democratic 'self-updating masterplan' for cities. www.urbal.tv