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Professor Chris Willmore

Professor Chris Willmore

Professor Chris Willmore

Emeritus Professor

Office 3.41 Wills Memorial Building
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5345


Chris Willmore qualified and practised as a barrister, before becoming an academic. Her work particularly focuses upon education for sustainability and the concept of a sustainable university. Her UK award winning work on student engagement in city transformation for sustainability won the International Green Gown for Student Engagement in 2017. She is a fellow of the EAUC and of the RSA. 

Although a lawyer by origin, her research is now focssed upon sustainability / sustainable development and the innovative pedagogies associated with this transition.

As a law academic she has set up and led innovative programmes including an LLM Local Government Law and Policy, and established units in planning law, environmental law and sustainable development. The Sustainable Development unit won an international Green Gown Award and Times Higher Award  for innovation. She has acted as consultant/advisor to various organisations, including the AMA, OSCE, EU and worked in conflict zones in Palestine, Bosnia Hercegovnia and India.

Her legal research interests are in the role of law in sustainable development, property law (particularly indigenous land rights and rights of way/commons), planning and environmental law, and the law-science relationship. She has carried out research for the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, Countryside Commission, and a range of other agencies. She is currently a member of the Board of Environmental Law and Management, is a member of  the SLS Legal Education Committee, a specialist member of the LEXIS/NEXIS Planning Law Advisory Panel and a member of the EAUC Future Business Panel bringing together leaders from business with HE leadership to promote sustainable approaches.


Currently Director of the MA in Legal Studies, and Subject lead for postgraduate  property and trusts. Leads the award winning Sustainable Development module.


  • Local Government
  • Environmental Law
  • Countryside Access
  • Sustainable Development
  • Student Engagement
  • Sustainability
  • Planning Law

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