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

Geraint Ellis


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).