School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning
The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP) is one of the fastest growing and dynamic planning research environments in the United Kingdom. Planning at Queen’s achieved a dramatic improvement in the 2008 RAE. In 2008 12 staff were submitted, an increase of 1/3, and the UK wide ranking rose by 8 places. Planning at Queen’s is now rated 9th in Russell Group submissions.
Our research programme is based on the concept of spatial planning and whilst our empirical work is partly grounded in the region, it is built on strong international, interdisciplinary and theoretical references. Our particular strength is the staff team who have built a track record in scholarly and applied research and a wide ranging portfolio of publications, research grants and doctoral studentships. Since 2000, the Institute has more than doubled its staff base, built an international reputation and attracted a stream of major research funding linked to our main areas
The Institute values the connection between our research and teaching programmes and the application of our empirical work in a learning environment, and continues to innovate and develop teaching programmes to reflect a rapidly changing market place, problem and policy context and changes in professional standards.