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

Geraint Ellis

General Profile Information
Staff Name Professor Geraint Ellis
Job Title Professor
Location David Keir Building David Keir
Room Number 03.027
School School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Contact Details
Telephone +44 (0)28 9097 4370

Dr. Geraint Ellis is Senior Lecturer in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE) and Institute of Environmental and Spatial Planning (ISEP) at Queen's University, Belfast. He has degrees from the Universities of Birmingham (B.Sc. Geography, First Class Hons), Reading (M.Phil, Environmental Planning) and Cardiff (Ph.D., City and Regional Planning). He also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (Queen's University, Belfast) and is a Fellow of the High Education Academy.


He joined Queen's in 1998, having previously worked for community and environmental organisations in the east end of London (1990-1993), acted as a planning and community development advisor to he Government of Lesotho in Southern Africa (1993-1996) and as the Transport Director for the South Bank Employers' Group and Cross River Partnership in central London (1996-1998).


Geraint is active in the Northern Ireland voluntary sector , is currently a Board Director of Belfast Healthy Cities and a founder member of Transition Town Whitehead . He was previously a director of Transport 2000 (NI), Sustainable NI, Community Techncial Aid (now Community Places) and a founder member of the Irish Institute of Sustinability Education. He has also provided planning advice to the Traveller Movement (NI) and Freinds of the Earth (NI). He also acts as the Irish contact for the International Network of Urban Research and Action (INURA), has been an advisor to the Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) and a meber of the UK's Sustainable Development Panel..


Between 2000 and 2010 was been Director of Undergraduate Studies for Planning, Advisor of Studies to all undergraduate planning students and acted as the Admissions Officer for the BSc Environmental Planning. He now runds the Erasmus Programme and other internationalisation initaitves. He is a member of the Managment Board for the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering . He also contributes to a number of university-wide committees and teaching iniatives. He was been a member of Academic Council between 2000 and 2008.


Geraint is currently the module coordinator for the following:


Planning and Environmental Governance (EVP8011)

Institutional and Policy Context of Planning (EVP1014)


He has coordinated a range of other modules and regularly contributes to other modules, including Legal Studies in Planning (EVP3010), Independent Research Project (EVP3011), Planning and Sustainable Development (EVP2009) and Planning Skills and Ethics (EVP8012).


He supervises around 10 undergraduate and Masters students every year on their dissertations and currently has four Ph.D students as supervisees.


He is also actively involved in a number of University-wide initiatives at promoting good practice in learning and teaching, including sitting on the steering group for the Centre of Excellence and Teaching for Active and Interactive Learning (CEAIL NI).


He also acts as an External Examiner to the Faculty of the Built Environment in the University of West of England and is a member of the Advisory Group to the Higher Education Academy's Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE).



Edited Book(s)
Learning from Wind Power: Governance and Societal Perspectives on Sustainable Energy Palgrave Macmillan 2012
TitleBook TitleYear
Social Acceptance of Wind Power Projects: Learning from Trans-National Experience Learning from Wind Power: Governance and Societal Perspectives on Sustainable Energy 2012
Conclusions: lessons for future sustainable energy Learning from Wind Power: Governance and Societal Perspectives on Sustainable Energy 2012
Wind power: towards a sustainable energy future? Learning from Wind Power: Governance and Societal Perspectives on Sustainable Energy 2012
Marine Planning and Management to Mantain Ecosystem Goods and Services The Ecosystem Approach to Marine Planning and Management 2011
Understanding and experimenting with skills for community planning Sustainable Communities: Skills and Learning for Place-making 2011
Beyond consensus? Agonism, contestation, republicanism and a low carbon future Renewable Energy and the Public 2010
The role of cross-disciplinary planning in reducing the intensity of environmental release: the example of the Irish housing sector Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change 2009
Spatial planning in contested territory: the search for a place vision after 'the troubles' Northern Ireland after the Troubles 2008
Spatial Governance in Contested Territory Territory, Identity and Space: Spatial Governance in a Fragmented Nation 2006
"We're too busy for that kind of stuff": citizenship, cross-Border collaboration and progress towards local sustainable development in Ireland Renewing urban communities: environment, citizenship and sustainability in Ireland 2005
TitleJournal NameYear
From the Land to Sea and Back Again? Using Terrestrial Planning to Understand the Process of Marine Spatial Planning Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning Vol 14 (1) (49-66)  DOI   2012
Marine Spatial Planning: A New Frontier? (Editorial to a special issue on Marine Spatial Planning) Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning Vol 14 (1) (1-5)  DOI   2012
Large-scale wind deployment, social acceptance Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIRE): Energy and the Environment Vol forthcoming (1-5)  2012
“A system that works for the sea”? Exploring Stakeholders engagement with Marine Spatial Planning Journal of Environmental Planning and Management Vol 53 (6) (701-723)    2010
The Skills Agenda and the Competencies for Managing Diversity and Space Town Planning Review Vol Forthcoming (A-B)  2010
Expanding wind power: A problem of planning, or of perception? Planning Theory and Practice Vol 10 (4) (523-532)    2009
Wind Power - Is there a planning problem? (editorial) Planning Theory and Practice Vol 10 (4) (521-523)  2009
Land Use Planning and Traveller-Gypsies: Towards Non-prejudical Practice Planning, Practice and Research Vol 23 (1) (77-99)    2008
Cool Rationalities and Hot Air: A Rhetorical Approach to Understanding Debates on Renewable Energy Global Environmental Politics Vol 8 (2) (67-98)    2008
A New Concept of Interprofessional Education in Planning Programmes: Reflections on Healthy Urban Planning Project Journal for Education in the Built Environment Vol 3 (2) (75-93)  DOI   2008
Making sustainability ‘real’: using group-enquiry to promote education Environmental Education Research Vol 14 (482-500)  DOI   2008
Many ways to say 'no', different ways to say 'yes': Applying Q-Methodology to understand public acceptance of wind farm proposals Journal of Environmental Planning and Management Vol 50 (4) (517-551)  DOI   2007
Third Party Appeals - Pragmatism and Principle Planning Theory and Practice Vol 7 (3) (330-339)  2006
Discourses of objection: towards an understanding of third party rights in planning Environment and Planning A Vol 36(9) (1549-1570)  DOI 2004
Third Party Rights - Insights from the Irish Experience Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Vol 98 (82-83)  2003
Third Party Rights of Appeal in Planning: Reflecting on the Experience of the Republic of Ireland Town Planning Review Vol 73 (4) (437-466)    2002
The Difference Context Makes: Planning and Ethnic Minorities in Northern Ireland European Planning Studies Vol 9(3) (339-358)  DOI 2001
Social Exclusion, Equality and the Good Friday Peace Agreement: The implications for land use planning Policy and Politics Vol 29, No. 4 (393-411)  2001
Dublin City Profile Cities Vol 18/5 (355-364)  2001
Other Output(s)
TitlePublication TypeYear
A review of the context for enhancing community acceptance of wind energy in Ireland Report for external body 2012
Spatial Allocation of Material Flow Analysis: A Geographic Information System Application of Material Flow Analysis in Ireland Report for external body 2010
The Future of the Planning Academy Report for external body 2010

Research Keywords
Town and country planning Sustainable development Planning for travellers Environmental campaigns Renewable energy

Research Statement

Geraint's research interests lie in the broad field of spatial planning and sustainability, with a particular emphasis on environmental governance, renewable energy, marine spatial planning, environmental justice and equality issues in planning. He has also written and research on pedagogy in planning and environmental education. He has been invoilved in a range of research projects that include:




2008-09. G. Ellis and B. Murtagh, The Future of the Planning Academy, Funded by the Royal Town Planning Institute, Value, £22,000.



2008-11. T. Weekes and G. Ellis, Evaluation of the Growing Together programme, Funded by Leitrim Organic Centre, Value £5,000.



2007-09. Strachan, P., Cowell, R. and Ellis, G,.Warren, C.AND Szarka, C. ESRC Seminar series What future for wind power?, RES-26-451-0386, (£21,000).



2007-08. Murtagh, B. and Ellis, G. ESRC-ASC RES182-25-0019, Skills for Managing Spatial Diversity, Value £40,000.



2006-07. G.Ellis and T. Weekes "Making Sustainability Real: Using a group-enquiry approach in Masters research", Funded by Higher Education Academy, Value £4,000.



2006-08. G.Ellis (supervisor), M. Roy and R. Curry, "A resource flow analysis and ecological footprint of Ireland: GIS application" funded by Environmental Protection Agency (Republic of Ireland). Value £87,180.



2005-06. G.Ellis and J. Barry "Discourses of Objection in Renewable Energy: Towards Deliberative Policy Making", Funded by Economic and Social Research Council (Ref: RES-000- 22-1095). Value £47,327.



2002. G.Ellis,  "International Review of Third Party Appeals" funded by Department of the Environment (NI). Value £3,600.



2002-03. G.Ellis, B. Neill and B. Motherway, "Local Sustainability Policy in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland", funded by Centre for Cross Border Studies. Value £25,000.



2001-04. G.Ellis and C. McWhirter,  "Good Practice Guidance for Planning for Travellers", funded by Equality Commission, Value £15,000.



2000-01. G.Ellis "Third Party Planning Appeals in the Republic of Ireland" funded by the Department of the Environment (NI),Value £5,000.



2001. G.Ellis and Ken Sterrett "Assessing Professional Skills in Planning Courses", funded by HEFCE, via QUB CELT, Value £9,500.



2000. G. Ellis* Project management of public transport projects, Consultancy funded by Cross River Partnership, London, Value, £8,000



He is currently supervising four Ph.D. students:


Heather Ritchie: Stakeholder Engagment in Marine Spatial Planning

Joanne Jordan: Social Capital and Communities Vulnerable to Climate Change

Philip Black: Sustainable Constrcution in the New Belfast

Evelyn O'Connor (D.Gov): Public Particpation in the Irish Planning System.  

Awards And Honours/major Prizes

Geraint was awared the European Studies Prize for the best paper of 2001