Knowledge Exchange and evidence based policy making in spatial planning

Research Theme: Place, Well-being and Healthy Environment
Supervisors: Prof. Geraint Ellis ( and Sara Melo, QUB Management School

For the last 20 years there has been a strong discourse on the need and purpose of evidence-based policy making. This has included the fields of spatial planning, which requires data on a wide range of economic, social and environmental trends, outcomes and impacts, in order to effectively evaluate development strategies. Parallel to this there has been a growing emphasis on university-based researchers to integrate a process of knowledge exchange into their research. However, there is a distinct lack of debate and understanding of the key concepts and types of mechanism in evolved in these processes.

This PhD will explore the purposes, barriers, opportunities and rhetorical claims surrounding knowledge exchange in planning and seeks to evaluate whether the emphasis on this is conceptually useful for planning researchers and likely to be effective for planning outcomes  and if so, will seek to identify the mechanisms through which such collaboration could be enhanced.

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