Iain's main research interests lie in exploring the interdisciplinary nature of environmental planning, applications of risk and resilience, and the effective management of water in society. He is the author of the book ‘Water and the City’ published by Routledge and is Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
Iain has also developed a focus to disseminate beyond academe to the private sector, policy, practice and communities to help generate real world impact. At the local level he has worked directly with flood prone communities, policy makers and stakeholder groups, including designing and launching the 'Six Steps to Flood Resilience' guide which was formally endorsed by insurance groups, government departments, industry bodies and community advocacy organisations. Beyond this project he has been active in engaging and sharing knowledge with policy makers, from the Environment Agency and Water Companies, to Local Authorities, professional bodies and governmental agencies, including DEFRA, Communities and Local Government, the Treasury and the European Union. He has also recently been appointed as Chair of the Sustainability Panel for Hamilton City Council.