The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

2009 News & Events Archive

Wednesday 25th March
Prof. David Douglas, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Theory, Policy and Practice in Rural and Regional Development Planning: Some International Observations
11.00am, David Keir Building 01/028
David Douglas is a Board Member on the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF), an Advisor for a major rural housing research project in Ireland, an Advisor for a large scale pilot project on rural regional collaboration in Western Canada and the North, called the Community Collaboration Project (Brandon University), and a Member of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Government.  David is actively involved in a number of research projects and community outreach, and instructs several courses within Rural Planning and Development. David's current research involves an examination of the relationships between development planning theory and actual practice.  Fieldwork for this project, in part supported by a SSHRC grant, has been undertaken in Europe (Ireland) and Newfoundland and Labrador.  Other activities include research on regionalism and regional planning policy and practice, and a new book on rural planning and development in Canada (publishers Thomson/Nelson), due in 2009.

Thursday March 26th
RTPI Quiz Night: 7.30pm Errigle Inn

Thursday 26th March
SPACE on Film: City of God: Seminar Room 1, David Keir Building, 5.00pm

Monday 27th April
Reading Group: D. Griffith (2008) Ethical considerations in geographic research:  what especially graduate students need to know.
12.00noon Seminar Room 1, David Keir Building

Wednesday 29th April
SPACE on Film: Of Time and the City Seminar Room 1, David Keir Building, 5.00pm
Held in conjunction with the student QUB Planning Society

29th April 2009
Careers Day

The Planning Careers Day is to be held in the undergraduate studio, David Keir Building. The event is in two stages. John Copelton from Careers Advisory Service will be advising on CV design, followed by an informal question/answer discussion with Planning professionals, supplemented by a wine reception for further informal discussion. Numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis, with priority given to Level 3 and then post-graduate students.

Thursday 30th April
John Driscoll, Director of the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD), Armagh
All-island spatial planning in Ireland
1.00pm, Seminar Room 1, David Keir Building
Affiliated with the Harvard Graduate School of Design since 1989, John Driscoll was a Lecturer in Urban Planning (1997-2001); Senior Research Associate of the Center for Urban Development Studies (1989-2005); and its Assistant Director (1997-2005). Since June 2005 he has had a research appointment at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. He is currently on a leave of absence from the Joint Center and is the Director of the International Centre for Local and Regional Development located in Armagh, Northern Ireland ( He has extensive experience in project development, implementation and assessment, structuring institutional frameworks for planning and implementation, and capacity building through training and technical assistance. Working closely with local  teams in  different cities, he has assisted in the  formulation of city development, planning and local economic development strategies, community based development projects and large-scale neighborhood regeneration projects and has conducted numerous urban program policy reviews and research studies. He has over 30 years of cross-regional experience in the United States, the EU, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Wednesday 6th May
Professor Greg Lloyd, School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster
Strategic Spatial Planning in Scotland

2.00pm Seminar Room 2, David Keir Building (Organised by the Irish Social Sciences Platform)

Wednesday 27th May
ISEP Postgraduate Research Conference
Senate Room, Lanyon Building, 9.00am-1.00pm

Friday 8th May 2009
Rural Restructuring - Local Sustainable Solutions to a Rural challenge

The Blackwater Learning Centre, Knockconan, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan

18th September 2009
Rural Planning & Development: Comparative Perspectives on a Rural White Paper

Conference Programme

The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning at Queen’s University Belfast, The School of Geosciences at University of Aberdeen and The National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at National University of Ireland Maynooth have established the Irish – Scottish Forum for Spatial Planning. Its purpose is to critically examine the interaction between strategic planning and the development of urban and rural areas in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The purpose of this second meeting of the Forum is, firstly, to place the emergence of a forthcoming Rural White Paper for Northern Ireland in the comparative context of Rural White Papers for Scotland (1995) and Ireland (1999), and secondly, to identify future trajectories for rural planning and development.

This conference at Queen’s University Belfast is convened under the auspices of the Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP), an island-of-Ireland platform of interdisciplinary research and graduate training focusing on the delivery of balanced development, the creation of sustainable communities and the enhancement of a knowledge society. It embraces 8 institutions and 19 disciplines and is funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI4).