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

Jenny Muir

General Profile Information
Staff Name Dr Jenny Muir
Job Title Lecturer
Location David Keir Building David Keir
Room Number 03.013
School School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Contact Details
Telephone +44 (0)28 9097 4835
Jenny Muir is Lecturer in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen's University Belfast. She was previously Lecturer in Housing Studies in the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. Before working as an academic, Jenny spent ten years working in housing and regeneration policy for London local authorities. She has first degrees from the universities of Reading and North London; an MSc in Policy Studies from the University of Bristol, and a PhD from the University of Ulster. Her PhD examined public participation in urban regeneration and included case studies in North Belfast and Ballymun, Dublin. Jenny's research interests include urban regeneration, housing policy and practice, and the state, governance and urban change. Current research projects include waterfront development in Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff and Liverpool; Northern Ireland's housing associations; and the impact of economic change on neighbourhoods in Northern Ireland. Jenny is also involved in the organisation of the ESRC Seminars Series The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy, to take place in 2013-14. She is Programme Director for the MSc in Spatial Regeneration and lectures in urban regeneration, housing and property development.


Module co-ordinator for:

EVP8023: Approaches to Property Development

EVP8016: Property Development

EVP8033: Regeneration and Housing

EVP8026: Dissertation or work-based study


Contributor to: 

EVP3014: Themes in Spatial Planning


Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation students, approximately 10 per year. 

Supervision of two PhD students.



Programme Director, MSc in Spatial Regeneration

RICS Liaison Officer

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Authored Book(s)
'Public Management and Complexity Theory: Richer Decision-Making in Public Services' full authorship Rhodes, ML; Murphy, J; Muir, J; and Murray, J. Routledge 2011
TitleBook TitleYear
Whose Urban Regeneration? Two Belfast case studies Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration 2013
‘‘Are you taking notes on us?’: reflections on case study research in urban environments’ Qualitative Urban Analysis: An International Perspective 2008
The State and Civil Society in Urban Regeneration: Negotiating Sustainable Participation in Belfast and Dublin Renewing Urban Communities: Environment, Citizenship and Sustainability in Ireland 2005
TitleJournal NameYear
An Introduction to the Special issue - Housing in Hard Times: Marginality, Inequality and Class, with Kim McKee Housing, Theory and Society Vol iFirst  DOI 2012
Bridging and linking in a divided society: a social capital case study from Northern Ireland Urban Studies Vol 48 (5) (959-976)  DOI   2011
Research ethics Committees: values and power in higher education International Journal of Social Research Methodology Vol 14 (5) (391-405)  DOI 2011
'Integrating Ballymun? Flawed progress in Ireland's largest estate regeneration scheme' with Keith Kintrea Town Planning Review Vol 80 (83-108)    2009
Student Attendance: Is It Important, and What Do Students Think? CEBE Transactions: Center for Education in the Built Environment (issn: 1745-0322) Vol 6 (2) (50-69)  2009
'Vision and Reality: Community Involvement in Irish Urban Regeneration' with Mary Lee Rhodes Policy and Politics Vol 36(4) (497-520)    2008
Public Participation in Area-based Urban Regeneration Programmes Housing Studies Vol 19(6) (947-966)  DOI   2004
Devolving Housing Policy and Practice in Northern Ireland 1998 - 2002 Housing Studies Vol 18 (159-176)  DOI   2003
After Housing Policy: Housing and the UK General Election 2001 Housing Studies Vol 17(1) (151-164)  DOI   2002
Other Output(s)
TitlePublication TypeYear
Policy difference and policy ownership under UK devolution: social housing policy in Northern Ireland (working paper) Internet publication 2012

Research Keywords
housing urban regeneration

Research Statement

Research interests include urban regeneration,housing policy and practice, and the state, governance and urban change.


Current and recent funded research projects:


Current: Recession, Resilience and Rebalancing Social Economies in Northern Ireland's Neighbourhoods. With Professor Paul Hickman (PI, Centre for Economic, Social and Regional Research, Sheffield Hallam University), Professor John Flint (University of Sheffield) and Joe Frey (Northern Ireland Housing Executive). Funded by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister.


Current: Third Sector Partnerships for Service Delivery: Housing and Housing Support Services in Northern Ireland. With Professor David Mullins (PI, University of Birmingham and ESRC Third Sector Research Centre) and Dr Nick Acheson, University of Ulster. Funded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.


Current: The new waterfront: who benefits? Principal Investigator, with Dr Philip Boland (QUB). Funded by the RICS Education Trust.


2006-09: ‘Towards Richer Decision-Making': joint project between the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin and the Institute of Governance, Queen's University Belfast. Funded by the Higher Education Authority, Republic of Ireland. With Dr Mary Lee Rhodes and Professor John Murray (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Joanne Murphy (QUB).


2006-07: Contribution to Value for Money study of Ballymun Regeneration, for the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Republic of Ireland. With Keith Kintrea (University of Glasgow).

Membership Of Other Societies / Professional Activities

Member of the Housing Studies Association, Committee member 2006-2012, Secretary 2010-2012. 


Conferences and seminars organised


2013-14: ESRC Seminars Series 'The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy'. Seminars to be held in St Andrews, Belfast and Sheffield. With Dr Kim McKee (PI, University of St Andrews), Professor John Flint and Dr Ed Ferrari (University of Sheffield) and Professor David Clapham (University of Reading).


2011: Seminar under the Chatham House Rule: 'New Economics in Uncertain Times: finding a way forward for the Northern Ireland economy?'. Belfast, 16th November. With Dr Peter Doran, Dr Joanne Murphy, Professor Sally Wheeler, Professor Matthias Beck (all QUB) and John Woods (Green New Deal).


2011: Housing Studies Association: 'Housing in Hard Times: Class, Poverty and Social Exclusion'. York, 13th - 15th April. With Dr Kim McKee, University of St Andrews. 


2008: UK - Ireland Planning Research Conference: 'Sustainability, Space and Social Justice'. Belfast, 18th - 20th March. With Dr Geraint Ellis and Dr Brendan Murtagh, QUB.


2005: Seminar under the Chatham House Rule: ‘New democratic spaces in Northern Ireland politics?: trends, opinions and expectations', Institute of Governance, Queen's University Belfast, 18th June 2005. With Dr John Barry, QUB, and Robin Wilson, Democratic Dialogue.


2004: Housing Studies Association: Planning and Housing: Policy and Practice, Belfast, 9th - 11th September. With Professor Chris Paris, University of Ulster.



Conference and seminar presentations (last 5 years)


July 2013: AESOP - ASCP 5th Joint Congress, Dublin: The 'competitive waterfront' in the neoliberal city: who benefits? with Philip Boland and John Bronte, QUB.


April 2013: Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Los Angeles: Neoliberalisation and the waterfront: urban transformation and the competitive city, with Philip Boland, QUB.


November 2012: Regional Studies Association conference, London: Neoliberalisation and the waterfront: urban transformation and the competitive city, with Philip Boland, QUB.


September 2012: Invited seminar, City Futures, University of New South Wales: The ‘competitive waterfront’ in the neoliberal city.


September 2012: Invited panel contribution: Challenges for waterfront development: examples from Belfast and Dublin, for the Port Adelaide Steering Committee. Organised by the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Adelaide.


April 2012: Housing Studies Association conference, York: The governance of change: Procurement of social housing in Northern Ireland, with David Mullins, University of Birmingham.


April 2011: Housing Studies Association conference, York: Northern Ireland’s social housing partnerships: meeting housing need in difficult times, with Nick Acheson, University of Ulster.


April 2010: Housing Studies Association conference, York: Convergent, divergent or just ‘ours’? Moving towards housing policy ownership in Northern Ireland.


September 2009: International Sociological Association Housing Conference, Glasgow: The role of the (neoliberal) state in a society emerging from conflict: regeneration and territory in the new Belfast.


April 2009: Housing Studies Association conference, Cardiff: Putting the Working Class in Their Place? Redevelopment and territory in the new Belfast. 


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