School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Skills for Managing Spatial Diversity
This research project is a response to a joint invitation by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Academy for Sustainable Communities (ASC) into the development of skills for areas such as spatial planning, social renewal and local; sustainable development. The study aims to open a debate about the skills needed to develop sustainable places and communities in Northern Ireland. The Sustainable Communities agenda has not translated to the regional context with the same pace as the rest of the UK although elements of the broad conceptual approach are recognised in initiatives such as Neighbourhood Renewal, Renewing Communities and the Rural Development Programme. The UK definition, illustrated in the diagram, is also instructive in thinking about the way in which these policies work together:
“Sustainable Communities are places where people want to live and work, now and in the future. They meet the diverse needs of existing and future residents, are sensitive to their environment, and contribute to a high quality of life. They are safe and inclusive, well planned, built and run, and offer equality of opportunity and good services for all. Sustainable Communities are diverse, reflecting local circumstances”.