Helping to build a shared society
Launched in January 2012, the research project “Planning for Spatial Reconciliation” is targeted towards the shaping of a new planning model that promotes an open, pluralist and shared society as a central feature of future legislation, policy and practice.
Over the course of the project, it is anticipated that an intensive partnership between a wide range of stakeholders will be established:
Academic community: undertaking research that addresses the issue of Planning Amid Conflict and addressing the issue of contested space from a global perspective;
Professional community: work with existing agencies to help develop institutional arrangements that respond to the new spatial and community planning challenges, particularly those relating to spatial divisions;
Local community: provide communities, particularly those in deprived areas, with a means to participate in spatial development processes;
International community: translate and disseminate the lessons from innovative planning practice in multi-ethnic and contested societies elsewhere, customising these lessons for the Northern Ireland context.
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