Doyle, Carey

Migrants: Identities, Space and Place



School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Queen's University Belfast
Level 3
David Keir Building
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5AG
Northern Ireland


+44 (0)2890 974254



Current Research

This research project examines diversification, space and identity in two locations in the UK which have had pronounced recent migration. Space is used as a lens to consider migration: the spatial patterning of migration in the 2011 Censuses is analysed and these patterns are explored locally through experiences of space, place and identity.  Taking a lead from the Census data, rural migrant destinations outside the more-studied urban areas are being investigated in a comparative project.

Experiences in a rural district Northern Ireland, which has a particular context as a post-conflict society,are contrasted with a rural district in England, a society generally regarded as non-contested but, like all societies, with complex inequalities and hierarchies, often enacted in identity and space.  The comparative approach is aimed at exploring the singularities and commonalities of migration, identity and socio-cultural division, as well as policy responses to demographic change.

Since 2003 Carey has been working as an environmental planner in the UK and Ireland and has parallel research interests in environmental assessment, spatial planning, planning governance and infrastructure planning.

Supervisors Dr. Ruth McAreavey (Planning), Dr. Theresa Degenhardt (Sociology) & Dr. Ken Sterrett (Planning)


Post Graduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (2014)
Chartered Town Planner, Royal Town Planning Institute (2013)
Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment  (2005)
BA in Anthropology, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA, 2001
MA in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA 2003


Carey Doyle & Ruth McAreavey (2014) Possibilities for change?: Diversity in post-conflict Belfast, City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 18:4-5, 466-475, DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2014.939467.
Carey Doyle & Ruth McAreavey.  Patterns and Processes of Recent Migration to Northern Ireland. Submitted to Irish Geography, Special feature on migration in Ireland, forthcoming 2015.

Conference Presentations:

“Migration, Space and Planning in Two Diversifing Rural Districts of the UK”; European Society for Rural Sociology Conference, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen Scotland, August 2015 (expected).  
“Migration, Space and Planning in Two Diversifing Rural Districts of the UK”;  Transatlantic Rural Research Network (TARRN) Meeting, May 2015
Peripherality and Wicked Problems: Migration in Rural Areas of the UK;” Annual UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2014, Oxford Brooks University, September 2014.
Preliminary Results from the 2011 Census:  Migration, Increased Diversity and Urban Change in Belfast;” at “Borders and Boundaries:  The Construction and Transformation of Urban Space” workshop, Interdisciplinary research group on Social Justice and the Divided City at Queens University Belfast. June 2013.
Transformative Social Geographies?  Preliminary results from the 2011 Northern Ireland Census on Migration and Diversity”; Conference of Irish Geography, May 2013.  
Policy Challenges of Increased Diversity; the Northern Irish example and other Case Studies;” Stadkolloquium Annual workshop, University College London, March 2013.


Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship, Winter 2014/2015, Queen’s University Belfast
PhD Research Studentship, Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning


Dudley Stamp Memorial Award, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) , 2015
Macauley Development Trust Access Scholarship,  XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, 2015