2014 News Archive


Tues 9th

ISEP Seminar Series

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Prof Darren Smith, whose research investigates contemporary migration flows and population restructuring in the configuration of ‘new social relations and changing places’. Darren will talk on ‘‘Planning for studentified neighbourhoods: recognising diversity and social mixing?’

Time:    1.00pm, 9 December 2014
Place:   DKB/03/005     

For more details about Darren click here

Tues 25th

Inaugural Lecture - Professor John McPeake


The Changing Face of Housing Need in Northern Ireland
Professor John McPeake

5.00pm, LG024, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road.

Lecture Slides are available here

Lecture Notes are available here

Tues 25th

ISEP to host National Conference



The 2014 National Association for Planning Enforcement conference is being hosted by the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering in the Great Hall at Queen’s University Belfast on Tuesday 25th November. This is the first time that this prestigious event has been held in Northern Ireland. Presentations will be made by expert speakers from the planning and legal professions.

A limited number of free places are available for students.

For more details please contact Dr Stephen Mc Kay

Tues 25th

Inaugural Lecture - Professor John Cole


Architecture: the Art of Healing
Professor John Cole

5.00pm, LG024, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road.

Tues 28th

ISEP Seminar Series

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series begins with Prof Peter Roberts, visiting Professor at the School of Planning, Architecture & Civile Engineering, and recently retired from the School of Earth & the Environment at Leeds University; who will talk on ‘The New Territorial Governance Revisited: planning and regeneration in a post-referendum UK – mutual learning or fragmented competition’

Time:    11.00am, 28 October 2014
Place:   DKB/0G/512      

For more details about Peter click here

Thurs 2nd

ISSP & IRC one day conference

Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP) and the Irish Research Council (IRC) present a one day conference on The Social Sciences in Ireland: Status, Challenges, and Prospects on thursday 2nd October 2014 in Renehan Hall, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare. It will include presentations on the legacies of PRTLI4 funding for the social sciences in Ireland; a keynote address by Prof. Ed Soja (UCLA); Horizon 2020 workshop led by the IRC and panel discussions on future challenges facing the social sciences in Ireland.


Mon 7th

Congratulations to Laura Michael on completing her PhD

Laura with Supervisors Brendan Murtagh & Linda Price

For further details of Laura's PhD click here


Fri 30th

Recomposing the City: Symposium

Recomposing The City was initiated in 2013 by Dr Gascia Ouzounian (Music & Sonic Arts) and Dr Sarah Lappin (Architecture). Our research group brings together over twenty local and international researchers from a variety of disciplines: music and sonic arts, architect ure and planning, geography, anthropology, film studies, and creative writing. We are also pleased to partner with not-for-profit organisations that include Forum for Alternative Belfast, CIC (FAB) and PLACE, the Built Environment Centre of Northern Ireland.

For further details click here

Wed 21st

How do decisions about Public Policy get made?

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Policy Simulation Session for PG Students
10.00am - 1.00pm, ELTC

This event will help pg students with an interest in decision making to better understand the forces and drivers for change.

This simulation has been developed by John Eversley and Jude Stephens in conjunction with The Science Shop at Queen’s. It will be a chance to network with postgraduates from a range of disciplines, learn a lot and use and develop your personal and professional skills.

For further details contact the science shop


Sat 26th to 30th

APA Annual Conference

Planning is at the crossroads. Where will it go next? Come and find out at APA's 2014 National Planning Conference, April 26–30 in Atlanta. It's the perfect place to refresh, recharge, and remember why you love planning.

For more details click here

Tues 1st

Planning graduate appointed as Nortern Ireland's Chief Planner

Fiona McCandless, who studied Environmental Planning at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at Queen's University Belfast, has been appointed as Northern Ireland's new Chief Planner. The Chief Planner's role will be central to ensuring that planning is delivered effectively.

For more details click here

Thurs 27th

Hearth Spring School


Hearth Housing Association will be running a “Spring School”, a one day workshop Abandoned Gems into Heritage Jewels on the issues of dereliction and regeneration.

Reuse of existing buildings is important for sustainable development. Current legislation and the economic climate can often make it difficult to use existing buildings and the temptation is to demolish. Dereliction and vacant heritage properties are blighting our streetscapes contributing to serious environmental, economic and social decline.

For more details email Hearth

Wed 26th

Democracy, Community and Well-Being:
Shaping a New Planning System for Northern Ireland


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The Northern Ireland Planning system is currently facing its greatest institutional reform for a generation, as planning powers are transferred to local authorities in April 2015. This shift will be accompanied by major opportunities to re-orientate the planning system around the needs of local communities, as it will coincide with a new duty to promote well-being through the planning system and will sit alongside a new council responsibility for Community Planning. Hugh Ellis will argue that in order to make the most of these opportunities, they should be accompanied by a new vision of how the planning system can contribute to the economic, environmental and social needs of Northern Ireland.

Talk by Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association, followed by a panel discussion on the main challenges to the Northern Ireland planning system, including the draft Strategic Planning Policy Statement.

To register for the event click here

Fri 14th

Opportunity to study in China

Funded opportunities are available for current students and recent graduates to study in Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen as part of an Award-Winning China Internship Program. Over 4,000 students and graduates are experiencing living and working in this unique culture.

For more details click here

 13th to 14th

The Big Society, Localism & the future of Social Housing

The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy

The third seminar of the series will consider the impact of changes to social housing provision in the UK and explore new organisational and business models used to respond to these changes. The seminar will also ask whether there is a role for community and non-profit housing sectors within the future of social housing.

For more details contact Dr. Jenny Muir


Tues  11th

Energy for the future

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Presentation of energy-related research work taking place within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, chaired by Professor Tom Millar. There will be four short presentations, and an exhibition area.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available.

5.30 - 7.30pm, in Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road.

Tues  11th

Inugural Professorial Lecture

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Progressive Planning in Post-Political Times

Professor Geraint Ellis

5.00pm, LG024, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road.


Mon  27th

Linda Price appointed Institute Fellow

Linda Price

Dr Linda Price has been appointed as an Institute Fellow to the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, commencing 1st September 2014.


ISEP forms links with Shenzen University



ISEP staff Dr Stephen McKay & Dr Michael Murray, visited Shenzhen University during the week of the 13th January in order to explore the possibilities for collaboration with the College of Civil Engineering. This includes the Departments of Civil Engineering,  Construction Management and Real Estate, and Traffic Engineering. The College offers 3 undergraduate programmes comprising Bachelors of Engineering in  Civil Engineering, Engineering Management, and Traffic Engineering. The College also has 2 full time Masters programmes in Civil Engineering and Management Science and Engineering, along with 3 part time Masters programmes comprising Architecture and Civil Engineering, Project Management and  Logistics Engineering.