Ms Anne-Michelle Slater

Ms Anne-Michelle Slater

Senior Lecturer

Ms Anne-Michelle Slater
Ms Anne-Michelle Slater

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Anne-Michelle Slater is a specialist in terrestrial and marine spatial planning law.

She is a Memeber of the Centre for Energy Law.

She was part of an interdisciplinary  team,  funded by NERC, undertaking cooperative participatory evaluation of renewable technology on ecosystem services using the example of offshore wind farm developments in the Firth of Forth( 2014-15).

She is also continuing work funded, in part by The Crown Estate, on development of the role of a UK marine planning exchange into a North Sea wide project, with a focus on law, in light of the requirements of the EU Directive establishing a framework for maritime planning 2014/89/EU.

Anne-Michelle contributed to an international workshop in Oslo in March 2015 on Aquaculture and the Law, which now form part of a collection edited by Professor Nigel Bankes to be published by Ashgate in early 2016.

She is a member of the Marine Law committee of the Law Society of Scotland and an editorial board member of Environmental Law Review, the Journal of Water Law and Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL).

In 2013, she led part of an EU funded project which researched and advised on an Irish marine planning framework (2013) .  This was used in Our Ocean Wealth Development Task Force report (2015)

Anne-Michelle Slater has also written on marine and planning matters for Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL) and the Planning Law Factbook (published by W. Green) and published on aquaculture and marine planning in Environmental Law Review, Edinburgh Law Review, Water Law and Environmental Law and Management. She authored Planning Law Essentials (DUP) in 2010.

Anne-Michelle welcomes PhD and LLM students in the areas of planning, environmental and marine spatial planning law. 

Anne-Michelle Slater also has a particular interest in Patrick Geddes, often regarded as the father of town planning and original proponent of the concept of sustainable development. In particular she researches and writes on his contribution to the development of planning, including holistic approaches and planning education.  Most recently, she has written on the links between Geddes and Lady Aberdeen in  Ireland and Scotland.

She was Head of School 2012-2017. 






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  • Integrating stakeholder knowledge through modular cooperative participatory processes for marine spatial planning outcomes (CORPORATES)

    Slater, A., Irvine, K. N., Byg, A. A., Davies, I. M., Kafas, A., Kenter, J., Macdonald, A., O'Hara Murray, R., Potts, T., Tweddle, J. F., Wright, K., Scott, B. E.

    Ecosystem Services, vol. 44, 101126

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Marine Spatial Planning in the UK: A Review of the Progress and Effectiveness of the Plans and their Policies

    Slater, A., Claydon, J.

    Environmental Law Review, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 85-107

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Environmental and Planning Law

    Shapovalova, D., Brandon, E., Slater, A., Soliman Hunter, T.

    United Kingdom Oil and Gas Law. Sweet and Maxwell

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • From strategic marine planning to project licences: Striking a balance between predictability and adaptability in the management of aquaculture and offshore wind farms

    Sch├╝tz, S. E., Slater, A. M.

    Marine Policy, vol. 110, 103556

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Embedding Law in Participatory Processes Enables an Ecosystem Approach to Marine Decision Making: Analysis of a North Sea Example

    Slater, A., Macdonald, A.

    The Ecosystem Approach in Ocean Planning and Governance. Langlet, D., Rayfuse, R. (eds.). Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 256-283, 27 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Aquaculture and the law: United Kingdom and Scotland

    Slater, A.

    Aqauculture Law and Policy. Bankes, N., Dahl, I., VanderZwaag, D. L. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 412-431, 19 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Has Scotland's planning system returned to the vision of Patrick Geddes

    Slater, A., Pillai, A. L.

    Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 25-42

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Mismatches between legislative frameworks and benefits restrict the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach in coastal environments

    Holt, A., Godbold, J. A., White, P. C. L., Slater, A., Pereira, E., Solan, M.

    Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 434, pp. 213-228

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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