Dr W Neill
School of Environmental Planning
Queen’s University Belfast
Biography and Irish Studies research interests
Qualified as an urban planner at the University of Michigan and worked for the State of Michigan in policy work relating to metropolitan Detroit for seven years. Obtained PhD from the University of Nottingham and took lecturing post at the University of Manchester before returning to native city of Belfast as a Lecturer in the School of Environmental Planning. Presently a Reader there and Director of Postgraduate Studies. Research Associate with the Urban Institute Ireland at University College Dublin. Research interest in the main is concerned with the spatiality of identity in cities including the city of Belfast.Presently engaged with exploring how environmental citizenship can help bridge ethnic divides in comparing Belfast to a range of other European cities.
Useful website addresses
s1.Towards a Green Isle? Sustainable Development on the Island of Ireland ( with Geraint Ellis). Centre For Cross Border Studies 2004 .
2. Urban Planning and Cultural Identity, Routledge. 2004
3.Urban Planning and Cultural Inclusion (ed. with Hanns- Uve Schwedler) Macmillan 2002
4.Can a Place Vision for Belfast avoid the issue of Identity? European Planning Studies , 2001
5.Reimaging the Pariah City ( lead author with Fitzsimons D and Murtagh B ) 1995. Ashgate