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

Stephen McKay




General Profile Information
Staff Name Dr Stephen McKay
Job Title Senior Lecturer
Location David Keir Building David Keir
Room Number 03.032
School School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Contact Details
Telephone +44 (0)28 9097 4244
E-mail s.mckay@qub.ac.uk
Interests

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.





Teaching

 

EVP2011 Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning

EVP3013 Infrastructure and Transport

EVP8012 Planning Skills and Ethics

 

 

Contributing to:

 

EVP3003 Field Study

EVP3010 Legal Studies in Planning

EVP3011 Independent Research Project

EVP8019 Researc-based thesis 

 

 

 

 





Particulars

Administration

 

Examinations Officer

Member of the Research Committee

Member of the Teaching Committee

 

 

Recent Publications

 

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.





Publications
Chapter(s)
TitleBook TitleYear
Rescaling territorial development: The 'Pays' in France and Belgium Territorial Dilemmas of Socio-Economic Development in Europe 2008
Urban Regeneration in Belfast Urban Regeneration in Europe 2003
Journal(s)
TitleJournal NameYear
Justice as fairness in Planning International Planning Studies Vol 17 (2) (147-162)  DOI   2012
Justice as Fairness International Planning Studies Vol 17(2) (147-162)  DOI 2012
Conundrums in conservation: complexity in control Urban Studies Research Vol 1 (1-14)  DOI 2012
Strategic Environmental Assessment Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning Vol 13 (4) (1-13)  DOI   2011
Pitfalls in strategic planning:lessons for legitimacy Space and Polity Vol 15 (2) (107-123)  DOI   2011
In pursuit of parrhesia: an investigation into knowledge selection in inquisitorial planning practice Environment and Planning A Vol 42 (1) (116-133)  DOI   2010
Efficacy and ethics. An investigation into the role of ethics, legitimacy and power in planning Town Planning Review Vol 81 (4) (425-444)  DOI   2010
Regulatory Planning for Economic Development in the Countryside Town Planning Review Vol 80 (201-206)    2009
Bridging top down and bottom up: Modelling community preferences for a dispersed rural settlement pattern European Planning Studies Vol 17 (3) (441-462)  2009
Rescaling territorial development: the Pays in France and Belgium. EUROPA XXI Vol 18 (7-21)  2008
Planning, heritage and the memory of war. Administration Vol 56, No 2 (89-107)  2008
Complexity and Conundrums in Pollution Control:Improving Effectiveness in Regulatory Compliance Pleanail Vol 17 (87-101)    2007
Contravention and Conformity in EIA: an investigation into regulatory compliance in Northern Ireland European Planning Studies Vol 15 (1) (87-105)  DOI   2007
The review of public administration in Northern Ireland - reviewing the evidence Economic Outlook and Business Review Vol 21(1) (47-53)  2006
Reparation or retribution: an investigation into regulatory compliance in planning Environment and Planning A Vol 37(7) (1249-1262)  DOI   2005
Planning Enforcement: lessons for practice and procedure Planning Theory and Practice Vol 4(3) (325-344)  DOI 2003
Evaluating the social effects of the EU URBAN Community Initiative Programme European Planning Studies Vol 11(2) (193-211)  DOI   2003
Sheriffs and outlaws: in pursuit of effective enforcement Town Planning Review Vol 74(4) (423-443)    2003
Conference Contribution(s)
TitleYear
Open Space Provision: Making Room for Healthy Lives 2012
Enforcement Law :Remedies in practice 2012
Meanings and places of pilgrimage 2011
Road Traffic Noise in Belfast: A Study on Its Mitigation Measures 2011
Places and Meanings of Pilgrimage 2011
Efficacy and ethics in enforcement 2010
SPAN INTERREG 2008
Hong Kong 10 Years On: A Great Leap Forward? 2008
Other Output(s)
TitlePublication TypeYear
Data resource booklet for the West Loughshore:comprising wards of Washingbay, Killlycolpy, Ardboe and the Loop. Everyday issues of rural living. Report for external body 2007
Data resource booklet for West Tyrone:comprising wards of Glendarg and Clare. Everyday issues of rural living. Report for external body 2007
Bridging top-down and bottom-up: modelling community preferences for a dispersed rural settlement pattern. Report for external body 2007
Locality and community in rural Northern Ireland:insights from a contemporary survey. Report for external body 2007
Data resource booklet for East Down:comprising wards of Kilmore and Derryboy. Everyday issues of rural living. Report for external body 2007
Legislation and policy affecting agricultural development in the jurisdiction of Northern Ireland, Spatial Planning Analysis Network. Report for external body 2007

Research Keywords
Planning Retailing Enforcement Conservation Planning enforcement



Research Statement

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.





Professional Qualifications
BSc(Hons), MSSc, DipTP, PGCHET, DPhil, MRTPI, FHA

 





Membership Of Other Societies / Professional Activities

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. 

 

PhD Examiner

 

I have been appointed to examine PhD theses.

 

Membership of other societies

 

  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Royal Town Planning Institute UK Environmental Education Committee 
  • Research Associate of the Institute of Irish Studies
  • Environmental and Planning Law Association
  • Expert Adviser to the UK Countryside Committee
  • Member of the International Academic Association on Planning Law and Property Rights

 Fellowship of other societies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy




Awards And Honours/major Prizes

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.