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.
The project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
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