Katharine Foot

Senior Lecturer in Rural Policy and Planning


Senior Lecturer in Rural Policy and Planning



Contact details


Tel: 01285 652531


RAU Responsibilities

  • Assistant Programme Manager: MSc Rural Estate Management
  • RAU Institutional Lead for Sustainability in the Curriculum
  • Vice-Chair of RAU Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group
  • School of Real Estate & Land Management representative on RAU Academic Board
  • Member of RAU Environmental Management System Implementation Team

Professional Memberships 

  • Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Fellow of Association of Agricultural Valuers
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fully Qualified Teacher Status

Additional Information

  • Assessor for RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (final assessment for qualification as a chartered surveyor)
  • Reviewer for RICS Research Trust
  • Member of Department for Communities & Local Government Neighbourhood Planning Research Roundtable Group
  • Member of Steering Group of UN Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (Severn Region)
  • Joint Organizer of RAU Localism & Neighbourhood Planning Conferences – October 2013 and November 2014.


Research Interests

Areas of Interest

  • The position of sustainability in the higher education curriculum, and the relationship between sustainability/green skills and graduate employment
  • The impacts of sustainability and the ‘localism’ agenda for rural land and property management (in particular, the neighbourhood planning system)


  • Higher Education Academy Individual Teaching Development Grant (2012-2013)
  • ‘Developing a better understanding of the relevance of sustainability literacy to the employability of students on professionally accredited land management degrees’ 


Teaching Duties

Module Leaderships

  • Rural Planning & Buildings (MSc Rural Estate Management programme)
  • Rural Policy & Implementation (MSc Rural Estate Management programme)
  • Environmental Management (BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management programme)

Additional Teaching

  • Contemporary Issues in Rural Land Management (BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management programme)
  • Research Skills (School of Real Estate & Land Management undergraduate and taught postgraduate students)


  • Supervision of undergraduate and taught postgraduate students undertaking dissertations particularly in the areas of graduate employability, sustainability and environmental management, rural policy, rural planning and renewable energy
  • Supervision of MSc by Research




  • Foot, K. (2012 September) Closer to the Community: Localism & Neighbourhood Planning; The Impacts for Rural Land Management. RICS Land Journal. September/October: 16-17
  • Foot, K. & Lewis D.B. (2006). The Prospects for Renewable Energy over the Next 15 Years. In, Proceedings of the RICS ROOTS Rural Research Conference, April 2006, Oxford. RICS. 

Conference Presentations


  • Foot, K. (2014) Education for Sustainable Development Strategies and Programme Development Plans. Presentation at the Turning Tides in Education for Sustainable Development Conference. University of Gloucestershire. 2nd. July.
  • Foot, K (2014) Aspects of Localism & Neighbourhood Planning. Panel Discussion at 2nd Localism and Neighbourhood Planning Conference. Royal Agricultural University. 27th November.
  • Foot, K. and Fisher, R. (2013).  Localism and Neighbourhood Planning: The Context. Presentation at the Localism and Neighbourhood Planning Conference. Royal Agricultural University.  24 October.


  • Foot, K. (2013) Developing a Better Understanding of the Relevance of Sustainability Literacy to the Employability of Students on Professionally Accredited Land Management Degrees. Report to Higher Education Academy.