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BORG

Malcolm

BORG

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
Currently Dr Malcolm Borg is developing furthering his studies in urban planning and environmental management studies through a Masters in International Urban and Environmental Management at RMIT University and Professional Development as a recognized Planning Institute Australia Certified Planner. In both situations Urban Sustainability are key topics. He is also publishing papers and developing projects for sustainable planning and development with UN Global Cities Compact as a Global Advisor and developing and testing further tools such as Circles of Sustainability and City Scan.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates more than two years of experience with integrated and sustainable urban development (e.g. PhD in urban/social sciences and several years of professional experience).
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Previously Dr Malcolm Borg has been involved in developing and managing URBACT projects at a City level especially through URBACT REPAIR, URBACT HERO and URBACT SURCH. For these he has developed sustainable Action Plans together with European partners and also policy development. He has been involved in other EU Programmes with exchange in research based projects on regeneration and planning namely through INTERREG III and IV (PAGUS), (AT FORT) and (HYBRID PARKS). He is also currently involved in UNESCO (HUL) specifically on the development of Implementation Plans.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides several examples of significant transnational activities/projects that demonstrate his understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level (e.g. URBACT Repair, URBACT Hero and URBACT Surch).
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
English is the National language with Maltese and all communication written and verbal is done in English. All primary, secondary and tertiary education has been completed with the use of the English language and currently a Masters in Planning and Professional Development Course in Planning is also being completed through English at RMIT University and Planning Institute Australia. English has also been the medium for the PhD Submission at Leeds University UK.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates fluency in English (e.g. a PhD degree from the University of Leeds and several years of professional experience).

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
The ability to communicate to non-English speakers comes through experience. Through experience the skill at facilitating and clearly exposing expert and at times complex concepts has been through pictorial and graphic representations. It has been seen through the various projects and programmes and also fora (which have been multi-cultural and diverse) that using presentation techniques especially adopting Microsoft Presentation and Keynote with less text but more visuals through example has aided communication. The use of onsite examples through onsite expert site visits has proved significantly important especially with reference to exchanges in experience and expetise.
C3.1 Assessment: 
0: The candidate does not provide concrete examples in order to demonstrate his ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers. This information cannot be inferred from his CV either.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
The vital technique developed in the past years for the ability to extract knowledge and practice has been through both formal and informal discussion. With the latter it has been seen from experience that informal workshop environments at times contribute more significantly especially on site where participants are freer to discuss and expose their personal views. On a formal level the use of recording systems and minuting through reporting and report reviews has been vital in obtaining and drawing expert views, knowledge and practice from participants.
C3.2 Assessment: 
0: The candidate does not provide concrete examples in order to demonstrate his ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants. This information cannot be inferred from his CV either.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Malcolm Borg has produced several documents especially for URBACT led projects. He was responsible for the compilation and launching of the URBACT HERO Valletta Action Plan and the Paola Repair SPUR Action Plan. These were developed in two versions both a full one and a summary to be sent to households in the pertinent cities. For SURCH he was engaged in compiling guidelines and policy report to include all partners' best practice. In the three projects he was directly engaged in contributing to the compilation of Best Practice Reports. The same may be attested through INTERREG IVC through the development of exhibitions and brochures for AT FORT and HYBRID parks and information published on social media such as Research Gate, Facebook and Local Council domains. Please refer to http://www.i-m.mx/1451971/PAOLAPROJECTSCOORDINATION/action-plan.html; http://www.cityofvalletta.org/news_detail.aspx?id=306713.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides several relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to capture learning for participants to take away (e.g. several URBACT and INTERREG IVC projects).
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
With reference to good practice reports and policy development Dr Malcolm Borg was involved in several compilations namely; http://urbact.eu/exhibition-local-action-plan and http://urbact.eu/pilot-regeneration-actions-–-florence-1112-january-2011. He has also supported and assisted in the compilation of best practice and policy documents for Interreg IV C Hybrid Parks and ATFORT projects. Please refer to; http://www.hybridparks.eu/publications/reports_/; http://www.hybridparks.eu/publications/presentations/; http://www.atfort.eu/?id1=expertsdatabase and http://www.atfort.eu/files/1417449448.pdf.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages (e.g. several examples has been provided).
Assessment: 
The applicant is rejected for C, scoring 1 out of 3 for C1, 1 out of 4 for C2, and 2 out of 4 for C3. No significant inconsistencies were identified between CV and application. Malcolm Borg has been engaged especially in the compilation, development and coordination of Action Plans targeting regeneration, sustainable urban conservation and transit. He has been active especially in developing Integrated Planning and holistic approach in policy development. Some of the projects he was involved include; ENTRUST (FP7) which considered empowering neighbourhoods in historic enclaves; PAGUS (Interreg IIIC) which considered historic cities and regeneration through transit, mobility and accessibility. With reference to urban regeneration Malcolm Borg developed Action Plans for Paola and Valletta. In the former the use of Character Appraisal tools were used to launch projects to enhance the landscape in UNESCO WHCs whereas in the latter the adaptive re-use of Fortifications as hubs for triple helix development were considered.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Integrated Urban Renewal has been Malcolm Borg's area of interest. He is currently committed to post-doctoral research in the field through writing and publishing papers but is also active in the sphere of professional development for International Planning and Environmental Management. In this regard he has published papers regarding best practice for European Walled Towns and UN Global Cities Compact. (Please refer to latest list of publications which considers planning tools, tools for analysis through GIS, heritage economics based evaluation and planning through the application of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and currently the implementation of Circles of Sustainability and City Scan as an Advisor with the UN Global Cities Compact.) He is currently continuing further training under Planning Institute Australia for professional development. With reference to projects the main projects which Malcolm Borg was involved in were specifically related to urban regeneration and renewal with direct participation in Research led programmes as in the case of ; URBACT and INTERREG but also through structural projects based on EU priorities through ERDF. He was project leader and coordinator for ERDF 183: Vertical Connection - Better accessibility through innovative and cleaner transport (2.5 M Euro) for the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation and ERDF 104: Stronger Cottonera Communities - The citizens right to accessibility and mobility (10M Euro) for the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation. Currently Malcolm Borg is also consultant to Regional and Local Governance and has recently develop a Consultation Document SOUTH-EAST REGIONAL ACTION PLAN 2015 which supports the UN Global Cities Compact Principles. In the past years Dr Malcolm Borg was also a Lecturer in Environment Management and Heritage Management at the University of Malta. List of Publications:- -Santa Lucija Character Appraisal and Landscape Assessment, Santa Lucija Local Council, 2014. -Corradino Lines Recreational Park - Management Plan, Paola Local Council, 2015. -A GIS Based Character Appraisal Toolkit in Future Preparedness: Thematic and Spatial Issues for the Environment and Sustainability, University of Malta, 2014 (co-written with Dr Saviour Formosa) ! - EUROPEAN WALLED TOWNS:SANCTUARIES OF PEACE AND DYNAMIC HUBS, People and the Planet 2013: Transforming the Future RMIT UNIVERSITY MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA. - THE VERTICAL CONNECTION IN VALLETTA: A MISSED OPPORTUNITY IN INTEGRATED TRANSIT: AT FORT ATELIER BESANCON FRANCE 2014.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates deep knowledge on the theme of "Integrated Urban Renewal" and related policy challenges, including up-to-date practice and research (e.g. relevant education, several years of professional experience, author of many publications).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
In the past 10 years Dr Malcolm Borg has been engaged in the thematic development of various projects and programmes. Some of these contributions may be viewed on the URBACT website under URBACT HERO and URBACT REPAIR projects. A reference is being made of the various contributions to Action Plan development, guideline and policy compilation. The following are some contributions; http://urbact.eu/exhibition-local-action-plan and http://urbact.eu/pilot-regeneration-actions-–-florence-1112-january-2011. He has also supported and assisted in the compilation of best practice and policy documents for Interreg IV C Hybrid Parks and ATFORT projects. Please refer to; http://www.hybridparks.eu/publications/reports_/; http://www.hybridparks.eu/publications/presentations/; http://www.atfort.eu/?id1=expertsdatabase and http://www.atfort.eu/files/1417449448.pdf..
D2 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides two relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process at transnational level.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Please refer to the above reports but also with reference to exchange of knowledge and good practice please refer to; http://citiesprogramme.com/archives/9389; http://citiesprogramme.com/archives/research/case-study-cultural-heritage-paola-valletta-malta and http://citiesprogramme.com/cities/europe/malta/valletta as examples of good practice fora from the UN Global Cities Compact website. These also make reference to the URBACT, INTERREG and ERDF financed Projects.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates his strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities and put forward good practice.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
URBACT led projects have been a learning curve for Malta based cities but also for other Cities. In the local context in the application of Action Plans the benefits for Valletta and Paola for example were long term. In both examples the policy design through Action Plans served to develop and plan long term flag ship projects. In both situations planning through the financing of URBACT led to further funding through ERDF projects. For Valletta Peacock Gardens CULTS project was based on the objectives set in the URBACT HERO Action Plan. The flagship project was supported by 800K Euros for the development of a historic landscape based approach and TOD project. In the case of Paola 50% of the listed flagship projects were co-financed by the EU this includes; ESF 3.110, CIVITAS financing for alternative transport modes (10k Euros); Restoration of the NavalMilitary Barracks aimed at Tourism Enterprises (300K Euros).
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides one relevant example that demonstrates his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising (e.g. Urbact project).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
With reference to Integrated Urban Renewal Expertise the following are the main areas of expertise; (1)Tools for consultation and community and public engagement: Dr Malcolm Borg has been developing methods of public engagement and consultation through democratisation in design and planning through greater community involvement. (2)Integrated planning tools through mobility: Malcolm Borg has been fine tuning and tweaking Transit Oriented Development applications especially for historic towns (but not solely) to enhance regeneration through transit and facilitating mobility and accessibility. (3)Sustainable Conservation: Another area of study and development through projects has been the sustainable conservation approach which is based on the adaptive re-use of heritage assets and the possibility of creating spin-off regeneration and renewal projects; (4)Tools for measuring sustainable regeneration: Another area of specialisation based also on environmental economics and various innovative methods is measuring regeneration through a combination of systems including; contingent valuation, mapping through GIS and valorisation and evaluation methods.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Integrated Urban Renewal" with a score of 4 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies were identified between CV and application. The summary is of very good quality too.

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
With reference to Integrated Urban Renewal Expertise the public engagement is one of the main areas of expertise. Tools for consultation and community and public engagement are significantly important for planners. Dr Malcolm Borg has been developing methods of public engagement and consultation through democratisation in design and planning through greater community involvement. These may be combined with social media for more immediate consultation and community empowerment through democratisation in design.
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant does not provide relevant examples that demonstrate his deep knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies. However, several examples can be found in his CV/Linkedin profile (e.g. development of action plans for local councils/agencies and participation during the consultation process within the south-east regional action plan, global compact cities programme). Moreover, his overall experience as consultant and public official would suggest that he has such knowledge.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
Dr Malcolm Borg has advocated integrated planning and holistic approach policy in the development of urban regeneration projects for the past ten years. Currently he is engaged in further study and research in the application of implementation of actions through a Historic Landscape based approach. In the past years strategies and policies have also been led through the adoption of Circles of Sustainability cyclic processes which support further monitoring and review of policies and strategies.
E.2 Assessment: 
0: The candidate does not provide concrete examples that demonstrate his knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategies/policies. This information cannot be inferred from his CV either.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
The updating on sustainable development at an EU, local and International level is three pronged; (1)Research and Innovation; through the continuous development of projects for local, regional and EU partners further research has made it possible to maintain abreast with developments in the field. This is enhanced through an International advisory role which gives further exposure internationally. (2)Professional development in Sustainable Development and Planning; The maintaining of professional engagement and development through further training maintained and developed further the skills for research and development. Currently engaged in a Masters Degree in International Planning and Environmental Management and specifically advanced Certificates for Planners through specialised Institutes. (3)The social media and expert networks; Dr Malcolm Borg is involved and assists various networks in sustainable development and conservation namely: European Walled Towns (EWT), UN Global Cities Compact Programme (UNGCCP).
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a good approach to keeping up-to-date with the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
Please refer to the above reports but also with reference to exchange of knowledge and good practice please refer to; http://citiesprogramme.com/archives/9389; http://citiesprogramme.com/archives/research/case-study-cultural-heritage-paola-valletta-malta and http://citiesprogramme.com/cities/europe/malta/valletta as examples of good practice fora from the UN Global Cities Compact website. These also make reference to the URBACT, INTERREG and ERDF financed Projects.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates his ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities (e.g. experience in many international projects and in the global compact cities programme).
Summary Expertise: 
With reference to Integrated Urban Renewal Expertise the following are the main areas of expertise; (1)Tools for consultation and community and public engagement: Dr Malcolm Borg has been developing methods of public engagement and consultation through democratisation in design and planning through greater community involvement. (2)Integrated planning tools through mobility: Malcolm Borg has been fine tuning and tweaking Transit Oriented Development applications especially for historic towns (but not solely) to enhance regeneration through transit and facilitating mobility and accessibility. (3)Sustainable Conservation: Another area of study and development through projects has been the sustainable conservation approach which is based on the adaptive re-use of heritage assets and the possibility of creating spin-off regeneration and renewal projects; (4)Tools for measuring sustainable regeneration: Another area of specialisation based also on environmental economics and various innovative methods is measuring regeneration through a combination of systems including; contingent valuation, mapping through GIS and valorisation and evaluation methods.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for E with a score of 3 out of 4. The candidate has more than two years of relevant experience in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies, especially in the field of urban development and regeneration. No significant inconsistencies were identified between CV and application. The summary is of very good quality.

Informations

Residence location:
Malta
Languages:
English - Mother tongue
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Email:
heritage.enterprise.au@gmail.com

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