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Knowledge building


1. to undertake research in the first six months that: (a) critically evaluates existing planning and regeneration processes in Northern Ireland to identify how they address ethno-religious spatial divisions; (b) maps and analyzes the dynamics of segregated housing and services in the Belfast Metropolitan Area to establish current and future trends, and their consequences for a reconciled and shared society;

2. to investigate over the first year how spatial planning, community planning and regeneration activities in other parts of the UK, particularly in England and Wales, have employed the new spatial and community planning system there to deal with issues of division as well as issues relating to spatially concentrated poverty;

3. through a series of workshops, seminars and policy papers over this three-year transition, to facilitate an appreciation among planners, Council officials, elected members and community/civic leaders of how innovative planning (spatial & community planning) can be custom-designed to engage the wider public around issues of division and reconciliation;

4. to investigate how issues of spatial division and segregation have been addressed through spatial planning in other contested and post-conflict cities in Europe and North America, namely: Nicosia, Mostar, Chicago and New York. This will include assessing the efficacy of strategies that combine sustainable development, social inclusion and conflict transformation through the instrument of integrated planning and design;

5. to translate these lessons into the Northern Ireland context to help inform the shaping of the new planning for the region.

6. to disseminate best practice in Northern Ireland around ‘planning in conflict societies’ to a wide global audience.

Contact Information

  • Queen's University Belfast
  • School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • David Keir Building
  • Stranmillis Road
  • BT9 5AG
  • 028 9097 5427

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