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

2011 News & Events Archive

1st Planning Students win RTPI Quiz

SPACE wins 2011 Scottish Irish Student Planning Quiz. Congratulations to planning students Stephanie Palmer, Aisling Murphy, Alan McCarten and Neil Galway who won the Planning Magazine's 2011 Student Planning Quiz for Ireland and Scotland. The quiz took place at Glasgow university on 1st December and picked up a winning prize of £500.

17th Launch of Architecture Student Journal

The launch of the Architecture Student Journal 2010-11, will take place at PLACE, 40 Fountain Street Belfast BT, on Thursday 17th November, 6.00-7.00pm.

16th Shared Space 2011

Launch of the 'Shared City 2011' map, based on research carried out for the BCRC by the Forum for Alternative Belfast that proposed a new interpretation of shared space and connection in Belfast.

To reserve a place contact Jessica Blomkvist

12.30pm, Belfast City Hall

12th Turning the tide in the water wars

The Centre for Progressive Economics seeks to promote a genuine debate within our political, policy andpublic/media discourse about the economy' and ?economics'. At this time of global economic crisis and the literal bankruptcy and socially negative impacts of ?business as usual 'economics there is a pressing need for fresh thinking about our economic future. There is an alternative and the Centre for Progressive Economics will seek to provoke debate as to that future in the Northern Ireland regional economy and beyond.

Peter Froggett Centre, Queen's University Belfast.

10th Seminar: Northern Futures?

One day Seminar on the Responses to the Coalition Government’s Policies and their Impact on the North of the UK.

Victoria Hall
University of Liverpool
1 Brownlow Street
Liverpool L69 3GL

18th Inaugural Lecture: Professor Aileen Stockdale

Planning: Lifecourse Matters

5.00pm, LG24, David Keir Building
Reception in Clock Tower Foyer aftewards

1st Planning rated in Top 10 UK Universities
Planning at Queen's University is rated 9th amongst Universities that teach Town & Country Planning and Landscape in the United Kingdom in the latest Times Good University Guide.
15th - 20th Forum for Alternative Belfast - Summer School
The Forum for Alternative Belfast is holding its third annual summerschool this year at the Queens University of Belfast and is to consider inner South Belfast and its connections to the city centre.
Monday 1st MSc Student reports on experiences of travel scholarship

Lindsay Egner visited New York City on a William & Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarship for a trip to  to carry out research for her MSc thesis. Lindsay  studied the approaches the city has taken to ensure environmental sustainability and identifying lessons for Belfast.’

Read Lindsay's report here

Monday 8th New Working Paper published

A new ISEP Working Paper has been published. Rural Support Networks in the UK and Canada: The Influence of the Patrilineal Culture of Family Farming by Dr Linda Price which draws on insights from gender theory, agricultural geography and rural studies to develop a greater understanding of the nature of rural support organisations and the support they provide.

The paper is available to download here or for an hard copy and other alternative formats on request. Please contact Mrs Roslyn Barnes

ISEP working papers provide the opportunity for contributions to scholarly debate through early availability of work in progress. Papers are invited from ISEP members, their research collaborators, and visiting and emeritus scholars. The ISEP Working Papers editorial team is Jenny Muir and David Houston.

Monday 1st MSc Student reports on experiences of travel scholarship

Lindsay Egner visited New York City on a William & Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarship for a trip to  to carry out research for her MSc thesis. Lindsay  studied the approaches the city has taken to ensure environmental sustainability and identifying lessons for Belfast.’

Read Lindsay's report here

Friday 17th Summer Charity Book Sale

Planning lecturer Jenny Muir is organising a second hand book stall in aid of Practical Action Sudan in the Clock Tower Foyer of the David Keir Building from 10.30am – 3.00pm.

Thursday 16th Seminar Series - 7/2011

Prof Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Professor of Spatial Planning and Governance, University College London.

10.30am in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building

Wednesday 8th Seminar Series - 6/2011

Understanding Environment and Development in India: Getting rich without pollution

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Centre for Science and Environment, New Dehli, India

Seminar Room 1, Level 3, David Keir Bldg, 2.00pm

For Abstract click here

Tuesday 31st
Irish Scottish Forum announce Conference

Titanic Heritage & Memory

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

For more details contact Michael Murray

For Conference Brochure click here

Monday 23rd
 Seminar Series - 5/2011

Conceptions of Space and Place in Planning

Prof Simin Davoudi, Professor of Environmental Policy & Planning, University of Newcastle.

Seminar Room 1, David Keir Building, 1.00pm

Wednesday 18th
Seminar Series 4/2011

Strawberry fools?  Planners, protestors and poly tunnels

Professor Nick Evans, University of Worcester

Seminar Room 1, David Keir Building, 1.00pm

Thursday 12th
Passive Housing Seminar

Ultra Low Energy Construction in Practice

Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast at 6.15pm

Thursday 5th
Student Exhibition: Shop Installation - Openning Night

An exhibition of Student Work by 3rd year architecture students from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering is openning on the 5th May at 100 Sandy Row, Belfast.

Click here for more details

Tuesday 3rd
Seminar Series 3/2011

Climate Science and Urban Design

Professor Michael Hebbert, University of Manchester

Seminar Room 1, David Keir Building, 1.00pm

Thursday 28th
Sharing the Urban Agenda: Exhibition Launch

An exhibition that attempts a new process of planning and regeneration for the city. North Belfast is strategically cut off from the city and a new process of fully linking the three national motorways is now underway by Roads Service, the York Street Interchange. This project can relink the surrounding arterial routes that were blighted since the 1960's. Communities, professionals and other groups are encouraged to contribute to this process, leading the way to restoring our vital city links and arteries.

The exhibition runs between the 28th April - 21st May 2011 at the Golden Thread Gallery

13th-15th Housing in Hard Times: Class, Poverty & Social Exclusion

The 2011 Housing Studies Association conference at the University of York, organised by Kim McKee (St Andrews) and Jenny Muir (QUB), provided a lively forum for discussing the impact of the economic downturn on housing policy and practice. The conference theme was Housing in Hard Times: class, poverty and social exclusion, and it attracted nearly 100 delegates and over 65 papers from across academia, policy and practice. Keynote addresses were delivered by Prof. Ian Cole (Sheffield Hallam), Prof. Chris Hamnett (KCL), Mr Andy Milne (Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum), Dr Gerry Mooney (Open University), Dr Kirsteen Paton (Glasgow University), and Dr Jackie Smith (Shelter). A special issue of the journal Housing, Theory and Society is in preparation.

Papers and presentations are here from the conference website:

Wednesday 13th
 Seminar Series - 2/2011

New Regionalism: A Critical Reflection on its Role and Relevance in Planning Today

Professor David Douglas, University of Guelph

3rd Floor Studio Room, David Keir Building, 1.00pm

Monday 28th
 Seminar Series - 1/2011

Prof. Des McCafferty, School of Geography,University of Limerick.

Residential Segregation and Housing Policy in the Gateway Cities

Seminar Room 1, David Keir Bldg, 1.00pm

For abstract details click here

Friday 18th
Spatial Regeneration student wins travel scholarship

MSc in Spatial Regeneration student Lindsay Egner has won a William & Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarship for a trip to New York City to carry out research for her MSc thesis.

Lindsay said: ‘this trip will allow me to explore the approach taken to planning and sustainable development in one of the world’s most prestigious cities. I’ll be looking at the approaches the city has taken to ensure environmental sustainability and identifying lessons for Belfast.’ In her four weeks in the city, Lindsay will analyse the city’s urban form and structure, and will conduct interviews with various statutory agencies and planning authorities.

Director of Education Aileen Stockdale said: ‘Funding for student travel is hard to come by and we are delighted at Lindsay’s success. She joins the increasing number of Planning students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level who take the opportunity to study abroad. We hope Lindsay enjoys her stay in New York City and we look forward to seeing the results of her research’.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of her trip, Lindsay intends to volunteer for the New York Restoration Project, which reclaims and restores New York City parks, community gardens and open space, and has a target of planting one million new trees throughout the city’s five boroughs by 2017.

Tuesday 1st
 Lecturer appointed to Assembly Forum
  Stephen McKay, a Lecturer in The Institute os Spatial and Environmental Planning, has been appointed to the Planning Advisory Forum on Planning Reform and New Legislation.
Thursday 6th Jan
ISEP researcher receives funding to organise seminar on approaches to growth
  A team led by ISEP researcher Dr Jenny Muir has received funding from QUB’s Institute for a Sustainable World, for initial stages of the project ‘Approaches to ‘growth’: implementing sustainability through the Green New Deal’. Using the Northern Ireland Green New Deal as a case study, the project will use an action research strategy to investigate competing understandings of economic growth, facilitate an expert-led exploration of the prospects for a convergence of views, taking account of current debates on ‘prosperity without growth’ and steady state economics; and discuss the practical implications of the debate for sustainability projects.

The funding of £4,000 will cover the organisation of a seminar, including the invitation of keynote speakers from outside Northern Ireland, and further project development leading to a Research Council grant application. The team consists of Dr Muir, Dr Peter Doran from the Queen’s School of Law, Dr Joanne Murphy from Queen’s University Management School, and John Woods from the NI Green New Deal. It is expected that the seminar will be held in the spring of 2011.
Wednesday 5th Jan
 Waterfront regeneration research funding awarded
  ISEP researcher Dr Jenny Muir has been awarded £6,750 from the RICS Education Trust for the project ‘The new waterfront: who benefits?’. The research will examine the hypothesis that a globalised economy, within a neoliberal economic and political model, is creating a new stage of waterfront development, the ‘competitive waterfront’, which aims for complete integration with the parent city through improved connectivity and flexible development options to maximise financing opportunities. The theoretical context of the research is the argument that the recent economic downturn has not cause governments to move away from neoliberalism, rather that a ‘superneoliberalism’ is now being embraced, which more than ever focuses state activity on the generation of surplus value for the private sector. The project will include several waterfront case studies including Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The analysis will assess ‘who benefits’ from waterfront regeneration and will make practical recommendations for the future of such developments at a time of economic retrenchment.