Stephen has been a lecturer in the School since 1998. He previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Ulster and as a planner for the Planning Service where he obtained experience in forward planning, development control and planning enforcement. As a member of both the RTPI and IPI he has sat on local and national panels and has been expert adviser to the RTPI Countryside Panel. Stephen was given the RTPI Seedcorn Research Award in 1999 and is a Research Associate of the Institute of Irish Studies. He was appointed as an honorary professor at the East China Institute of Technology in 2008.
EVP2011 Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning
EVP3013 Infrastructure and Transport
EVP8012 Planning Skills and Ethics
EVP3003 Field Study
EVP3010 Legal Studies in Planning
EVP3011 Independent Research Project
EVP8019 Researc-based thesis
Member of the Research Committee
Member of the Teaching Committee
Murray, M. Mc Kay et al (2008 - pending) Rescaling Territorial Development: The ‘Pays' In France And Belgium, Accepted to European Planning Studies.
McKay, S (2007) Legislation and policy affecting agricultural development in the jurisdiction of Northern Ireland, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.
McKay, S (2007) Contravention and compliance, European Planning Studies, Vol.15, No.1 January.
McKay, S and McIntyre, J. (2007) Complexity and Conundrums in Pollution Control: improving effectiveness in regulatory compliance, Pleanail, Vol 17, pp.87-99.
Murtagh, B., Mc Kay, S. et al (2007) Planning, Heritage and the Memory of War.
McKay, S. (2006) An Evaluation of the Issues Approach to Plan Preparation, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.
McKay, S and Murray, M. (2006) Review of Public Administration in Northern Ireland: Reviewing the Evidence, Economic Outlook, Vol.21, No.1, pp.47-53.
McKay, S (2006) Contravention and compliance, European Planning Studies.
McKay, S (2005) Review of Public Administration in Northern Ireland, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.
McKay, S (2005) Partnership Governance in Northern Ireland, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.
McKay, S (2005) Reparation or Retribution, Environment and Planning 'A' Vol 37, pp.1249-1262.
McKay, S (2005) Analysis of the Local Agenda 21 Programme, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.
McKay, S (2005) Prizes and pitfalls in enforcement, Dublin, Ashgate.
McKay, S (2004) Analysis of the Community Regeneration Improvement Special Programme, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.
Murtagh, B. and McKay, S (2003) Evaluating the Social Effects of the EU Urban Community Initiative Programme, European Planning Studies, Vol 11, No. 2, pp.194-211, ISBN 0965-4313
McKay, S (2003) Planning Enforcement: Lessons for Practice and Procedure, Planning Theory & Practice, Vol. 5.
McKay, S (2003) Sheriffs and Outlaws: In Pursuit of Effectiveness across the Regulatory Spectrum, Town Planning Review.
McKay, S. (2003) Regeneration in Belfast, in Urban Regeneration in Europe, Couch, C., London, Blackwell Science.
McKay, S. The criminalisation of breaching planning control, Report to the Planning Service, 2002.
McKay, S. Sustainability Appraisal in the EC. (2000) American, British and Canadien Studies, Vol.3, No.2 pp.69-84.
McKay, S & Ellis, G. City Management Profile (2000), Cities, Pergammon, Vol.17, No.1, pp.47-54.
McKay S. The relationships between planning theory and practice based on evidence obtained from the 1999 Omagh International Summer School, London School of Economics, International Planning Conference, March 2000.
McKay, S. Effective enforcement law, AESOP 2000 Congress, Brno, Czech Republic.
McKay, S. (2001) Environmental Appraisal in Northern Ireland - A Model for Sustainable Futures?, Pleanail, Irish Planning Institute, No.15, pp.1-19.
McKay, S. (2001) Review of the planning enforcement system, Belfast, The Planning Service.
McKay, S. Strategic Environmental Appraisal, Pleanail, Irish Planning Institute, No.14, pp.95-102.
McKay, S. (2001) Jewels in the Crown: regulatory control in Conservation Areas, Newcastle, UAHS.
Research interests lie in the fields of planning law and planning practice and procedure. He is specifically interested in regulatory compliance and planning enforcement law. Other areas of interest include spatial planning, urban and rural development and contamination.
Current research projects
Spatial Planning and Networking (SPAN). This is a €4,600,000 project, funded by the European Union under Interreg IIIB and conducted with partners in Ireland, France and Belgium.
He is currently preparing a research grant application for situationally based research linking theory to practice.
I conducted a review of the planning enforcement system for the Planning Service on the criminalisation of the planning system. The final report was presented to the Northern Ireland Assembly and the recommendations are included in the current consultation on reform of the planning system.
I have been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute the professional institute for the planning profession since 1990. In the recent past I have been a member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Branch where I was the Institue's officer for Environmental Education and representative on the UK Environmental Education Committee. I was also appointed as an Expert Adviser to the UK Countryside Committee.
I am a journal referee for a number of leading academic journals including:
European Planning Studies
Town Planning Review;
The International Journal of Environmental Management; and,
Planning Practice and Research.
I am frequently requested to conduct book reviews and assessments of book proposals.
I have been appointed to examine PhD theses.
Membership of other societies
Fellowship of other societies
For the last three years I have been developing research linkages with the East China Institute of Technology (ECIT) in Jiangxi Province. I have been working with Professor Pinghui Liu on the development of the Hong Kong Special Administative Region and was invited to the University in January 2008 by the Vice President of the Institute Professor Xiaodong to present a paper on the work and be awarded with an honorary professorship.
The research to date has led to a journal paper which has been accepted for publication and there are plans to foster relationships between the two Universities. This has now resulted in the formal offer of a visiting Fellowship in 2010 which will be funded by ECIT. The purpose is to plan joint future research in urban and regional planning and develop international linkages in pursuit of furthering Queen's Univerity's internationalisation strategy.
I was appointed as a professional accreditiation inspector by the Irish Planning Institute in January 2011.
I was appointed by the Northern Ireland Assembly to report to the Environment Committee on the Planning Bill (the Draft Act) in advance of the new Planning Act for the jurisdiction in January 2011.
I have been appointed as an academic adviser to the Minister for the Environment in the Northern Ireland Assembly Planning Forum regarding the review of legislation, policy, public administration and the transfer of powers to local authorities . My appointment was renewed in May 2011 by the new Minister.