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

Brendan Murtagh

General Profile Information
Staff Name Dr Brendan Murtagh
Job Title Reader
Location David Keir Building David Keir
Room Number 03.004
School School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Contact Details
Telephone +44 (0)28 9097 4742
Contested cities and planning, social economics and urban regeneration.

Planning Theory, Spatial  Planning Practice and Urban Regeneration.

Authored Book(s)
Understanding the Social Economy and the Third Sector Palgrave 2009
Belfast: Segregation, Violence and the City London, Pluto Press 2006
Equity, Diversity and Interdependence - Reconnecting Governance and People through Authentic Dialogue Ashgate - Aldershot 2004
The Politics of Territory: Policy and Segregation in Northern Ireland Basingstoke, Palgrave 2002
Edited Book(s)
Planning in Ireland and beyond: Essays in Honour of JV Greer Queen's University Belfast 2005
TitleBook TitleYear
Die Grenzen der Toleranz und die Verhandlung der Differenz Entwicklungsfaktor Kultur. Studien zum kulturellen und ökonomischen Potential der europäischen Stadt 2009
Participatory citizenship through cultural dialogue Cultural Inclusion in the European City 2007
Strategic spatial planning in Northern Ireland Understanding contemporary Ireland 2007
Participatory citizenship through cultural dialogue Migration and cultural inclusion in the European city 2007
Equity, diversity and interdependence - a new driver for societal transformation Creating a culture of collaboration 2006
TitleJournal NameYear
Children, the environment and participatory planning Spandrel Vol 4 (2) (2-9)    2012
Desegregation and place restructuring in the new Belfast Urban Studies Vol XX (1-17)  DOI   2011
Skills, Conflict and Spatial Planning in Northern Ireland Planning Theory and Practice Vol 12(3) (349-365)    2011
Ethno-Religious Segregation in Post-Conflict Belfast The Built Environment Vol 37 (2) (213-225)    2011
Bridging top down and bottom up: Modelling community preferences for a dispersed rural settlement pattern European Planning Studies Vol 17 (3) (441-462)  2009
Regulatory Planning for Economic Development in the Countryside Town Planning Review Vol 80 (201-206)    2009
Authenticity and stakeholder planning in the segregated city Progress in Planning Vol 69(2) (41-92)  DOI 2008
Planning, heritage and the memory of war. Administration Vol 56, No 2 (89-107)  2008
Instrumental and interpretive methods in evaluating urban programmes Urban Policy and Research Vol 24 (1) (83-96)  DOI   2006
Policy and conflict transformation in the ethnocratic city Space and Polity Vol 10(2) (187-202)  DOI 2006
The Governance of Local Development: An assessment of organisational capacity in North West Europe Planning, Practice and Research Vol 21(2) (163-178)  DOI 2006
The social turn and urban development corporations Planning, Practice and Research Vol 20(4) (373-390)  DOI 2005
Collaboration, equality and land-use planning Planning Theory and Practice Vol 5 (4) (453-469)  DOI 2004
Capacity-building, representation and intra-community conflict Urban Studies Vol 41, No 1 (57-70)  2004
Evaluating the social effects of the EU URBAN Community Initiative Programme European Planning Studies Vol 11(2) (193-211)  DOI   2003
Exploring equity, diversity and interdependence through dialogue and understanding in rural Northern Ireland Community Development Journal Vol 38(4) (287-297)  2003
Neighbourhood renewal in small town Northern Ireland Administration Vol 50(4) (68-80)  2002
The URBAN Community Initiative in Northern Ireland Policy and Politics Vol 29(4) (431-446)  DOI 2001
Integrated Social Housing in Northern Ireland Housing Studies Vol 16(6) (771-789)  DOI 2001
Conference Contribution(s)
Mixed Housing and Restructuring of Post-Conflict Belfast 2009
Polycentric Development, Planning and the New Europe 2008
Skills for Sustainable Communities 2008
A new driver for societal transformation: equity, diversity and interdependence 2005
The governance of local development: a comparative assessment of agaency capacity in north west Europe 2005
Exploring equity, diversity and interdependence through authentic dialogue and understanding in rural Northern Ireland 2003

Research Statement

Brendan Murtagh


Brendan Murtagh is a Chartered Town Planner and Reader in the School of Planning Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queens University Belfast.  He has researched and written widely on urban regeneration, conflict and community participation.  His recent books include, The Politics of Territory, Segregation, Violence and the City, and Understanding The Social Economy and the Third Sector.

Professional Qualifications

<!--[if !supportLists]--><!--[endif]-->Corporate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI, 1987)


Membership Of Other Societies / Professional Activities

Dr Murtagh is a member of the Northern Ireland Research Steering Group on Ageing and Housing.

Member of the ESRC Grant Review Panel on Connected Communities.

In 2008 we was part of the team headed by Dr Ellis who organized the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2008 Sustainability, Space and Social Justice Queen's University, Belfast, 18-20th March 2008. This was the first time the conference has been held in Ireland.


Awards And Honours/major Prizes
 Appointed as Honorary Professor at the East China Institute of Technology 2008.