John Glasson has qualifications in economics, geography, and town and regional planning; he is a chartered town planner (MRTPI), and member of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA) and the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA). He is a Consultant and Professor Emeritus of Environmental Planning at Oxford Brookes University's Department of Planning. He is also Visiting Professor in Environmental Planning at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He was the Head of the Oxford Brookes University Department of Planning from 1980-2003, and was also Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at Oxford Brookes.
He is the Founding Director of the Oxford institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and the Impact Assessment Unit (IAU), both at Oxford Brookes University, and of the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory (OEO) (joint Oxford University, Oxford Brookes and Birkbeck). He has successfully managed over 75 major research and consultancy projects, valued at over £6million in total, for: the UK, EU and Western Australian governments; UK research councils; major agencies and especially for the energy industry—primarily in the fields of impact assessment and regional planning. He managed the major 8-year project monitoring the socio-economic impacts of building the last nuclear power station, Sizewell B, between 1988 and 1995. In association with Royal Haskoning/Quod, he is currently socio-economics consultant to EDF Energy for the proposed nuclear new build at Hinkley Point and Sizewell in the UK. He is also currently the socio-economic adviser on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Advisory Panel for EIA/SA for the proposed UK deep mined nuclear waste depository.
He has written, and/or co-authored, 8 major books on regional planning and on impacts assessment, several of which have become international standards in their fields, and is the Editor of the Routledge, Natural and Built Environment series. He has also written many refereed journal articles, especially on socio-economic impact assessment in the energy industry. He has considerable experience of acting as an international reviewer/adviser, most recently for state planning in Western Australia, for sub-regional planning in the UK Midlands, for the Thames Estuary 2100 Strategy, for the Browse LNG project in NW Australia, and for strategic energy planning for British Energy, as well as for academic appointments. In 2009 he was awarded the title of Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), particularly for his contributions in linking research and practice in his areas of expertise. In 2010, he was appointed a Commissioner for the UK IPC (now PINS, National Infrastructure Directorate) to examine proposed new UK major projects.