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

Dr Ruth McAreavey


To date I have held a range of professional positions and this has provided me with a breadth of career experiences. Over time and prior to my appointment as a Lecturer in Spatial Planning I was a European Funding Officer, a Research Manager and Training and Development Officer. These positions were held within a range of organisations from the voluntary and statutory sectors including a housing association and local government. As a result of this diverse background and in addition to my expertise in research and teaching, I have  particular skills and experience in research development and management, research funding and community development and regeneration



I currently co-ordinate the following modules:

EVP2010 Economy and Space
EVP3011 Independent Research Module
EVP3014 Themes in Spatial Planning


I aim to employ a breadth of approaches to ensure positive engagement with students.  My delivery techniques include: lectures, seminars, project work, small and large group work, case studies and study visits.



My areas of teaching competence include

•·         Governance

•·         Economics and development

•·         Participation and involvement

•·         Introductory economics

•·         Interdisciplinary science - a sociological perspective

•·         Rural Sociology

•·         Research design and Qualitative methods

•·         Community Development/community studies


Member of the School Research Ethics Committee

Careers Liaison Academic for Spatial Planning

Academic Offences Representative for Spatial Planning

Personal Tutor

I am currently supervising the following PhD students: Anne Rice (with Dr. Aileen Stockdale); Lori McVeigh (with Dr. Sally Shortall) and Jonathan Bell (with Dr. Jenny Muir and Dr. Aileen Stockdale).