Dr Parham works as the University's Head of Urbanism at the Centre for Sustainable Communities, University of Hertfordshire.
In September 2015 was appointed as Academic Director of the newly established International Garden Cities Institute (IGCI) in Letchworth as part of the University's research partnership with the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation. Her particular research interests include the urbanism of Garden Cities and New Towns, as well as food and spatial design, sprawl retrofitting and transport oriented compact cities. Dr Parham also has 'process' expertise in engagement on planning and design issues. At the International Garden Cities Institute Dr Parham is working on a range of research proccesses with 'workstream' leads as well as with colleagues at UH and in other academic institutions internationally on developing the Institute's research capacity and garden city related learning. Dr Parham recently launched the first of the Institute's Garden City Perspectives research and policy papers, co-written with Keith Boyfield on the topic 'Garden Cities - Why Not?'
At the CSC Dr Parham runs research and partnership projects, helps supervise PhD students, and teaches on the DHeritage and Masters level sustainable planning programmes and short courses including in relation to urban design, and community engagement in the planning system. Dr Parham also manages consultancy projects in a range of urbanism areas. For more than three years she ran the University's Sustainable Living Partnership with Tarmac which has generated significant comparative primary research into sustainable placemaking.
Dr Parham's recent research and teaching has focused in on Garden Cities and New Towns' urbanism and placemaking, along with work on 'retrofitting' urban sprawl. Dr Parham has been exploring the design and planning connections between food and cities since the early 1990s and in 2016 published a chapter "Shrinking Cities and Food: Place-making for Sustainable Renewal, Reuse and Retrofit' in the book Future Directions for the European Shrinking City (Eds. Hans Schlappa and William Neill) in the RTPI Routledge series. In 2015 Dr Parham completed a book for Bloomsbury entitled Food and Urbanism, delving into the interplay between food and place from the scale of the table to the region, while her recent book Market Place: Food Quarters, Design and Urban Renewal in London reports on primary research into food-centred regeneration processes that are transforming physical spaces and social practices in moribund market areas in contemporary London.
Dr Parham holds undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in political economy, town planning, urban design and urban sociology, with a PhD from the London School of Economics’ Cities Programme.
She has been a research associate at the Centre for Research in Building Cultures since June 2015.
View her personnal page on the University of Hertfordshire website here.