Irish Social Sciences Platform
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Belfast Conference 2009

Session 1: Setting the Context
Welcome to the Irish Scottish Forum for Spatial Planning and conference context.
Michael Murray, Reader in Rural Spatial Planning, Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning, Queen’s University Belfast.
The role of White Papers in public policy formulation and delivery.
Sydney Elliott, Senior Lecturer, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast.
Spatial planning: what value to rural areas?
Martin McDonald, Chief Executive, Rural Development Council, Northern Ireland.

Session 2: Perspectives on the Rural Policy experience of Scotland

The White Paper for Rural Scotland. Does prospect lie in retrospect?
Alan Renwick, Land Economy Research Group Manager, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh.
From policy to practice: the delivery of rural development in Scotland.
Philomena de Lima, Director, Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness.
Community engagement in rural development in Scotland.
Norman MacAskill, Head of Rural Policy, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Edinburgh.

Session 3: Perspectives on the Rural Policy experience of Ireland
New circumstances, new challenges for rural policy in Ireland.
Patricia O’Hara, Policy Manager, Western Development Commission, Ireland, and Jim Walsh, Professor of Geography, Deputy President and Vice-President for Innovation, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
Community engagement in rural development in Ireland.
Seamus Boland, Chief Executive, Irish Rural Link, Ireland.
Policy responses to changing patterns of rural settlement in Ireland.
Karen Keaveney, Lecturer, Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning and School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast.
Session 4: The Way Forward for Rural Policy within Northern Ireland
Background, processes and emergent themes for the Northern Ireland Rural White Paper.
Keith Morrison, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland.
The potential of G.I.S. for policy and practice.
Pamela Dore, The All-Island Research Observatory, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
Key messages from this meeting of the Irish Scottish Forum for Spatial Planning.
Michael Hughes, Chief Executive, Rural Community Network, Northern Ireland.
The next meeting of the Irish Scottish Forum for Spatial Planning.
Brendan Bartley, Deputy Director, National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.