Sue Kidd (MRTPI, MA Town and Country Planning, BA General Arts) is an academic and chartered town planner from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Geography and Planning. Sue has acted as an advisor to the EU, government departments, government agencies, regional and local authorities and NGO’s. She has a particular interest in integrated planning and much of her work has focussed on sustainable development in coastal and marine areas. She has been at the forefront of the theory and practice of Marine Spatial Planning and is currently engaged in a range of projects assisting the roll out of new marine planning and management arrangements in the Celtic and wider European seas. Her work includes: involvement in the preparation of a management plan for the Mersey Estuary; leading a DETR funded study on Integrated Coastal Planning in the North West, coordinating an ESRC/NERC funded Trans-disciplinary Seminar Series on New Approaches to Managing Ecosystem Services in the Marine Environment; leading an ESPON Research Project on Territorial Development of European Seas and the development of Good Practice Guidelines for MSFD and terrestrial planning as part of the Celtic Seas Partnership Project. Sue is a past chair of the UK's North West Coastal Forum, is currently part of the small team that acts as secretariat of the Irish Sea Maritime Forum and is a leading member of the Sea and Society group within the new Liverpool Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans.