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

2010 News & Events Archive


Wednesday 1st Dec

Research ethics in Planning. Architecture & Civil Engineering


A seminar on the role that ethics plays in research design and implementation. This research seminar is aimed at postgraduate students at all stages, staff undertaking research as well as staff thinking about research that might have ethical implications.

2.00pm to 4.00pm
Room 01.028
David Keir Building

For more details click here


Friday 26th Nov

Seminar Series


Planning Education: International Problems, International Solutions

Dr Maginn will join Dr Geraint Ellis (QUB), Dr Andrea Frank (Centre for Education in the Built Environment, University of Cardiff) and Dr Deborah Peel (UU) to consider pedagogical issues in planning education. There will be time for discussion. Numbers for this event are limited and participants will be asked to register in advance.

Deanes at Queen’s, 9.30am – 4.00pm

Further details contact to Mrs Roslyn Barnes: 028 9097 4214.

Monday 22nd Nov

Seminar Series


Nature and Urbanity

Professor Eric Swyngedouw
University of Manchester

4:00pm- 6:00pm, Conference Room, 2nd Floor, IONTAS Bldg, North Campus, NUI Maynooth

Friday 19th Nov

Seminar Series


Flooding and climate change: a long-term geomorphological perspective on adaption and mitigation

Prof. Mark Graham Macklin
Aberystwyth University

4:00pm- 6:00pm
Rocque Lab, Rhetoric House, South Campus, NUI Maynooth

Friday 19th Nov

Early career research workshop


Workshop for PhD students and early career staff. It will review issues in the use of qualitative research methods and provides a forum for discussion and networking for early career built environment qualitative researchers.

University of Ulster Belfast, 11.15am – 1.00pm

Wednesday 17th Nov

Planning Book Club

The first reading group of the year will be held on Wednesday 17th November from 12.00noon-2.00pm in Seminar Room One, David Keir Building.  The article under discussion will be

Castro, F. G, Kellison, J. G, Boyd, S. J, and Kopak, A (2010) 'A methodology for conducting integrative mixed methods research and analyses', Journal of Mixed Methods Research 4:342

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more details contact Laura Michael

Friday 5th Nov

Seminar Series

Promiscuous Planning? The Geography and Planning of Adult/ Sex Retailing
Considers the geography and planning of sex shops/adult retailing in Perth, Western Australia, (and other places) and examines the nature and extent to which this form of retailing has moved from the margins to the mainstream, how planning (and other key policies) seek to regulate adult retailing and speculates as to what the future holds for planning.

Senate Room, Queen's University Belfast, 12.30pm – 2.00pm

Wednesday 3rd Nov

ISSP Sponsors visting Scholar Dr Paul Maginn

The Irish Social Sciences Platform, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster are delighted to welcome Dr Paul Maginn as Visiting Scholar in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Maginn is Associate Professor and Programme Co-ordinator for urban and regional planning at the University of Western Australia.

For more about Paul click here


 19th 28th Oct

Dr Michael Murray visiting Scholar at China Academy of Urban and Design, Beijing


Dr Michael Murray was welcomed as a Visiting Scholar at the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design in Beijing. During his invited residency from 21 – 26 October 2010.

Read more here

Monday 10th Oct

Irish Scottish Forum announce Conference details


Titanic Heritage & Memory

Centenary Conference will take place in the Council Chamber, Queen's University Belfast on the 31st May 2011

For more details click contact Michael Murray

Monday 3rd Oct

ISEP Staff receive funding for ageing research


Two researchers from the Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning  (ISEP)at QUB have been successful in obtaining collaborative research grants from the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI).  These projects, with a total value of some €155,000, involve Dr. Linda Price and Dr. Michael Murray.

For more details click here


Tuesday 21st Sept

ISEP Staff launches Research Report


“Life as a Stranger” – The Personal stories of migrants to Northern Ireland.
9.45 am-1.00pm, Seagoe Hotel, Portadown

The research report on the experiences of migrant workers/new nationals in accessing and using statutory services in the Craigavon Area by Dr Ruth McAreavey of ISEP is to be launched in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast/Nuffield Foundation, PEACE III, Challenge of Change, Craigavon Intercultural Programme and Southern Health & Social Care Trust.

For more details click here
For the report click here

Wedneday 1st Sept

ISEP launches Working Paper Series


ISEP is now publishing working papers to provide the opportunity for contributions to scholarly debate through the early public availability of work in progress. Papers are invited from ISEP members, their research collaborators, and visiting and emeritus scholars.

The first two papers are ‘Children, policy and the built environment’ by Aisling Murphy and Dr Brendan Murtagh, and ‘Towards a Mourne National Park? Emergent prospects and pitfalls from articulating needs in a local context’ by Dr Ruth McAreavey.

The ISEP Working Papers editorial team is Jenny Muir and David Houston.


Thursday 19th August

Joint Seminar with School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi


Indo-British Perspectives on Planning & Architecture Education

The increasing globalised context for higher education poses a range of opportunities and challenges for the delivery of professional education. This seminar will provide UK & Indian staff & students to engage in pedagogical reflection on the current challenges to built environment education.

Seminar Programme & Registration (pdf format)

Friday 13th August

Institute for Sustainable World tours India

The Institute for a Sustainable World was involved in a recent extensive tour of India promoting collaboration and establishing links with Indian researchers. The tour, sponsored by the British Council in India,  took in four Indian cities – New Delhi, Ahmadabad, Baroda and Chandigarh -  and featured Geraint Ellis from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, (SPACE).

For more details click here


Thursday 29th July

ISEP Lecturer publishes research into vacant housing in Ireland


‘A Haunted Landscape: Housing and Ghost Estates in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland – Dr. Karen Keaveney and the National Institute of Spatial and Regional Analysis (NIRSA) examine the role planning has played in the number of vacant houses in the Republic of Ireland’

Prime Time on RTE player

Article in Irish Times

Report available from NISRA website (pdf format)

Friday 9th July

Summer Graduation


The summer graduation and Prize Ceremony for undergraduate students in Environmental Planning, was held in the David Keir Building & Whitila Hall.


Tuesday 8th June

Active Cities: Building Healthy Environments Conference


Keynote speaker:  Professor James Sallis

Local speakers: Michael Hegarty & Steven Patterson
Urban planning and design shapes the character of a place. It also shapes people, and in particular their lifestyle choices. The link between health and the built environment is often subtle but very powerful, as the obesity debate has indicated. This event aims to bring the links into the light, and outline ways of creating healthy, attractive environments that support active and prosperous places. Dubbed an ‘obesity warrior’ in the US, Professor Sallis is a world leading expert on physical activity, health and the built environment. His work has focused on how environments shape our lifestyles, in particular our levels of physical activity, and how research can help reverse current trends.

Belfast Healthy Cities is hosting this event in collaboration with the UKCRC Centre of Excellence in Public Health (Northern Ireland) and the Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning at Queen’s University of Belfast and PLACE, the Architecture and Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland.

Presentations Peter Sallis, Michael Hegarty & Steven Patterson in pdf format

Thursday 3rd June

MSC Students Study Visit to Draperstown


Postgraduate MSc students in Environmental Planning, whose field trip to Barcelona was cancelled due to the volcanic ash clouds, visited the Rural College at Draperstown where they a had "Spanish Themed" study visit.

Wednesday 2nd June

Seminar Series


Seminar Series: Dr John McCarthy, Reader, Herriot-Watt University, Cultural Quarters in Regeneration.
1.00pm Seminar Room 1, DKB.

Click here for the presentation

Tuesday 1st June

ISEP Lecturer to research into Women's Land Army


Linda Price has received a grant from RGS/IBG to conduct research with women who worked in the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corp during World War Two (WLA).  The project engages with the comprehensive war time planning in relation to food production that was required in order for the country to be self-sufficient.  For the first time food production was centralized and through incentives farmers informed of what they should grow, where and when through a network of Ministry of Agriculture representatives

Click here for more details


Friday 28th May

Seminar Series

Dr. Suresh Rohilla Senior Coordinator of the Water Programme in the   Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi will be giving a seminar on " Assessing for climate sustainable development in the Ganges basin - Vulnerability assessment of people, livelihood and ecosystems"
2pm, Seminar Room 2, DKB

Friday 21st May

Changing the conversation’ between communities

Postgraduate Environmental Planning students teamed up with the South Belfast Partnership Board and community representatives to address tough questions on the sustainability of local communities from the Markets, Sandy Row, Donegal Pass and Lower Ormeau Road and the students presented their findings to the communities in the Council Chamber.