Marion Roberts is Professor of Urban Design and Faculty PhD Coordinator at the University of Westminster (UK). One of her strongest themes has revolved around alcohol and the night-time economy. Here Roberts had an opportunity to influence policy and practice through research commissioned by the Civic Trust and Office for the Deputy Prime Minister (now Department of Communities and Local Government). Her research made a significant contribution to underpinning the assessments used in the Purple Flag scheme of accreditation for well-managed urban centres at night. Her areas of interest are alcohol and the night-time economy and its relationship to the built environment, and gender related to planning, urban design and urbanism. Roberts is member of the European network, COST Gender STE. Professor Roberts will be part of the Scientific and Advisory Board of the project.