Nicole Porter (Faculty of Engineering)
I am an Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape, based in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering). My research explores the many values that humans associate with nature – ecological, philosophical, psychological, symbolic, spiritual, and economic – and interprets how these values are embodied in contemporary landscape design and policy. My current research interests include cross-cultural comparisons of biophilic design, national park design, and integrating mindfulness and place-making for wellbeing. Prior to joining the University of Nottingham in 2011, I worked as an urban designer and academic in Canberra and Melbourne, Australia, and before this I completed my PhD at the University of Melbourne which was published by Routledge here. It is no exaggeration to say that completing a PhD positively transformed my life, as it opened up a world of new ideas, skills, people, places, opportunities and challenges that I had not imagined.
As the RAFL for the faculty of Engineering I am here to support a diverse community of PGRs to each achieve the most from their PGR experience, and to continue to be inspired by the research they undertake.