Denise is an experienced academic, Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, member of the IUCN & WCPA, and is a reviewer for the College of Economic and Social Science Research Council. Her most recently funded ESRC research has squarely focused on protected area management, community engagement and studies on visitor perceptions. All of her other research is designed to be applied and practical having worked as a managing officer on numerous projects for Dorset and Hampshire County Councils’ Local Planning Authorities as a lead officer on the Dorset Interim Planning Framework, from which her interests and experience in place based policy making has most recently resulted in her collaborative publishing activities with the British Academy.
A key priority for Denise over 2017/18 concerns the launch of a Research Centre at the University of Winchester. The focus of the centre will include rural economies (inclusive of agribusiness, tourism and leisure opportunities, natural capital, GI): protected areas planning and management, green spaces and their contribution to health and wellbeing; and research methods especially in relation to community engagemtn and applied research and funded projects founded on collaboration amongst academics and practitioners. The geographic focus will be of national and international design.
Denise was appointed to the Board in 2016.