2015 News Archive


Wed 4th

Inaugural Lecture - Prof Hugh Ellis


In this lecture, Prof. Ellis will consider the importance of democracy in town and country planning and reflect on the current state of democratic planning across the UK, paying particular attention to the most recent reforms in England and Northern Ireland. He will argue that many recent reforms have been misguided and counter-productive, leading to the need to reinvent the practice and very idea of what planning should deliver for communities, regions and nations. He will explore what role key players should take in this and reflect on the specific opportunities there are for Northern Ireland now that planning responsibilities have been returned to local councils. Finally, Prof Ellis will speculate on the future directions of planning in the UK and make a case for ensuring an effective, fair and visionary planning system is a key part of safeguarding healthy and prosperous communities.

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

For more details click here

For invite click here


Wed 28th

Cohousing in Northern Ireland


Stephen Hill, Chair UK Cohousing Network, is visiting Belfast to discuss the potential for Cohousing in Noerthern Ireland. Cohousing is a type of intentional, collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighbourhoods. Cohousing provides the privacy we are accustomed to within the community we seek. Cohousing residents consciously commit to living as a community. The neighbourhood’s physical design encourages both individual space and social contact. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground, and a common house.

7.00pm Agape Centre, 238 Lisburn Road, Belfast.

Mon 21st

Making a difference through design


Sarah Reid, a postgraduate student on the Masters in Planning and Regeneration course, was tasked by ‘1in1out’ with creating a materially and socially sustainable building which would act as a ‘Break Through centre’ for the people living in the Zandspruit informal settlement.  Sarah visited the site and surrounding area to understand the scale and complexity of the need and saw first-hand the continued display of the Apartheid’s gross inequalities in life.  In understanding the need I had the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge I had gained from my time at Queens University from an alternative angle, to make a real and lasting difference in an area where this centre could change the lives of so many individuals.  I am aware of the difference good design and planning can make in the developed world.  Good design can impact tourism, jobs, property values and most importantly quality of life.  In developing countries good design has an additional opportunity, it can be used as a tool to help build a better society.


Wed 8th July

Record number of Planning PhD Graduants


Congratualtions to our six PhD graduates who completed their studies this year.‌

New Doctors Alan McCarten, Karen Jenkinson, Luke Kelleher, Aisling Murphy, Neil Galway and Andrew Grounds

Wed 1st July

Jan van Tatenhove appointed as Visiting Professor in ISEP


Jan P.M. van Tatenhove is Professor of Marine Governance at the Environmental Policy Group (ENP) at the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University (the Netherlands). He is co-director of MARE (Centre for Maritime Research); an interdisciplinary social scientific institute studying the use and management of marine resources, and associate editor of the journal of Maritime Studies (MAST). Before his appointment at Wageningen University.

For more details about Jan click here


Wed 29th June

Planning with a (Social) Purpose?


The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast and the Town and Country Planning Association are organising a number of events on 29th June 2015 to explore the issue of whether town planning can be a foundational tool in building a good society.

The afternoon session will focus on an academic-led roundtable over the nature of contemporary planning, how it expresses its social objectives and the potential for reform.  It is anticipated that this will stimulate some discussion within the academy and with practitioners.

An evening discussion will follow, aimed at stimulating debate and reflection amongst RTPI NI members.  It will consist of a panel discussion and audience debate over the changing nature of social aspects of planning with panel members asked to reflect on the nature of planning and the role of social issues within this debate.  By discussing the changing social values and approach to planning over time, it is hoped the discussion will help the profession to reflect on how it can best contribute to the pressing social needs of contemporary society.

This event is free, but please register your attendance with Roslyn Barnes

Time:    2.00pm, Monday 29th June 2015
Place:   Canada Room, Lanyon Building

For more information click here

Thurs 25th

Professor McEldowney's distinguished Career honoured

A Sense of Place:
Multidisciplanary Essays in Honour of
Malachy McEldowney

Sense of Place presents a collection of essays that reflect the distinguished career of Professor Malachy McEldowney, Queen’s University Belfast. It brings together academics, former students and admirers who have been touched by Malachy’s teaching, research, collegiality and friendship. The book stands as a testament to his influence across planning practice, education and scholarship in Ireland as well as internationally. Writers from planning, politics, design, urban studies, rural development, environmental management, heritage and conservation dedicate their work to Malachy and his lasting influence on us and our disciplines.

Prof Frank Gaffikin presenting A Sense of Place to Prof Malachy McEldowney

Dr Anthony Quinn, Dr Phil Boland & Dr Stephen McKay

Prof Michael Bannon, Prof Malachy McEldowney & Prof Hendry

Mon 15th - Tues 16th

Setting the Scene: 2 Day Symposium

The two day symposium Interdisciplinary Approaches to ‘Setting the Scene’: Representations of Rurality in Crime Fiction and Media Culture in June is presented by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University. This event, organised by ISEP researcher Dr Linda Price, will bring together interdisciplinary studies in a forum for concerted thinking around ‘setting the scene’ and will foreground the concept of ‘rurality' within crime and media culture

For the symposium programme click here

For more details email Linda Price


Wed 20th May

RSPB Guided Tour of Queen’s Hidden Wildlife

In partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the University will hold a guided tour of Queen’s Hidden Wildlife on Wednesday 20 May. During the tour you will find out where wildlife is located around the Queen's area and get some advice on what to look out for in Spring.

Time:    12.30pm, Wednesday 20th May 2015
Place:   Lanyon Building

For more information and registration please click here

Tues 19th May

ISEP Seminar Series continues with

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Ciaran Cuffe is an architect and planner. He has worked on master-planning projects in Ireland and abroad. He held public office for twenty years as a councillor, TD, and most recently Minister of State with responsibility for planning and climate change. His interests lie in urbanism and low carbon opportunities in construction and mobility. Ciaran will talk on Liveability - challenges and opportunities for our urban lives

Time:    1.00pm, Tuesday 19th May 2015
Place:   SPACE School Boardroom

For more details about Ciaran click here

Mon 18th May

Research Ethics for Research using Social Media


Social media is becoming increasingly important both as a source of data for research and as a space in which research is carried out. This session will explore the distinctive ethical issues that arise in carrying out this type of research.

You are warmly invited to a lunchtime seminar on the use of social media in research. Dr Tom Walker, Senior Lecturer at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, and Director of the Centre for Ethics within the School will inform us about the ethical issues that arise when carrying out research in this way.

Spaces are limited so to attend you must register click here

Time:    1.00pm, Monday 18th May 2015
Place:   Seminar Room, Research & Enterprise Directorate

Tues 12th May

New Public Policy website for Queen's

A new website has been launched at Queen's Univversity, QPol. This is an exciting new public policy engagement initiative which will allow academics at Queen's to focus their engagement with those involved in the policy-making process by providing independent, evidence-based analysis and solutions to government, politicians and others involved in tackling the major challenges of the day.

The website will also include a blog that will highlight key public policy challenges, invigorate discussion and debate and connect our research expertise to the policymaking community.

To access the QPol Website click here

Wed 6th May

ISEP Seminar Series continues with

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Dr Neil Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Statutory Planning whose research focuses on using conceptual frameworks to better understand the instruments and operation of the statutory planning system. Neil will talk on Cultures of compliance: planning enforcement in areas of high immigration

Time:    3.00pm, Wednesday 6th May 2015
Place:   DKB/03/005     

For more details about Neil click here

Wed 6th May

Professor Jian Fei Chen's Inaugural Lecture

Advanced Fibre Re-inforced Polymer Composites and Sustainable Infrastructure
Professor Jian Fei Chen

Time:    5.00pm, Wednesday 6th May 2015
Place:   DKB/LG/024

For more details about Prof Chen click here


Wed 29th

ISEP Seminar series continues with

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Dr Lee Crookes is a Teaching Associate in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield. His current research is within the context of a broad ambition to develop an understanding of planning ‘from below’, that is, from the perspective of those who bear the individual and social costs of urban development by shifting the focus of gentrification research from displacement to matters of emplacement whilst further examining the politics and geography of ‘home’, attachment to place and the personal and social costs of displacement. Lee will talk on Design for Wellbeing in Environments for Later Life: the Sheffield DWELL research project’

Time:    1.00pm, 29th April 2015
Place:   School Boardroom

For more details about Lee click here

Mon 27th

Soundspace Seminar Series 2015

Jacqueline Waldock
"Capturing the City: Community Soundscape Composition
as an Analysis of Urban Change"

Time:    12.45pm, 23rd March 2015
Place:   McMordie Hall, Music Building

For more details contact Sarah Lappin
To register your interest contact recomposingthecity@gmail.com

Tues 21st

Impact & Engagement


Exploring Engagement and Impact: Learning from International Perspectives with Professor Nina Glasgow and Professor David Brown, Cornell University, who will be discussing creating policy briefings for legislators and congressional briefings.  Professor John Brewer, Queen’s University Belfast, will be discussing maximising research impact and engagement.

Time:    3.15pm
Place:   Old Staff Common Room

For more details contact Sally Lynn
For Prof Nina Glasgow's presentation click here

Thurs 26th Mar

ISEP Seminar Series continues with

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Prof Susan Oakely is an urban sociologist. Her current research is a study of redeveloping disused urban docklands which examines the relationship between urban planning, governance and urban renewal of brownfield sites. Susan will talk on ‘Waterfront regeneration in Australia: local responses to global trends in re-imagining disused city docklands’

Time:    1.00pm, 26th March 2015
Place:   DKB/03/005     

For more details about Susan click here

Mon 23rd

Soundspace Seminar Series 2015

Sven Anderson, Urban Acoustic Planner
"Establishing the Identity of the Urban Acoustic Planner"

Time:    12.45pm, 23rd March 2015
Place:   McMordie Hall, Music Building

For more details contact Sarah Lappin
To register your interest contact recomposingthecity@gmail.com

Mon 2nd

Soundspace Seminar Series 2015

Rachel Ni Chuin
"The Secret Sculpture of Sound"

Time:    12.45pm, 2nd March 2015
Place:   McMordie Hall, Music Building

For more details contact Sarah Lappin
To register your interest contact recomposingthecity@gmail.com

Tues 24th

ISEP Seminar Series 2015

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Prof Gillian Bristow is Professor in Economic Geography in the School of Geography and Planning in Cardiff University. She has research interests in the areas of regional economic development; regional economic resilience; local and regional competitiveness; devolution finance; regional economic change and restructuring; and the evaluation and analysis of UK and EU public policy in relation to regional and rural development objectives. Gillian will talk on ‘Economic Crisis, Policy Responses and the Resilience of Regions: Insights from Europe’

Time:    1.00pm, 24th February 2015
Place:   DKB/03/005     

For more details about Gillian click here

Tues 19th

Soundspace Seminar Series 2015

Gascia Ouzounian & Sarah Lappin
"Soundspace: A Manifesto"

Time:    8.00pm, 19th February 2015
Place:   Black Box, Belfast  

For more details contact Sarah Lappin
To register your interest contact recomposingthecity@gmail.com

Mon 16th

Soundspace Seminar Series 2015

Recomposing the City is delighted to announce a seminar series, SOUNDSPACE, open to all Master's and PhD students in the university. The series will focus on exploring the topic of sound and space across multiple disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, planning, music and sonic arts. There will be opportunities for students to share their work with this exciting roster of speakers.

Steve Larkin, "Sonic Atmosphere as a Contributor to Architecture"

Time:    12.45pm, 16th February 2015
Place:   McMordie Hall, Music Building   

For more details contact Sarah Lappin
To register your interest contact recomposingthecity@gmail.com

Thurs 22nd

Blood in the Soil: Round Table Discussion

The 1st in a series of round table discussions organised by The Institute of Collaborative Research in the Humanities is on the theme "Approaches to identity, belonging, attachment & emotions in family farming"

Time:    9.45am, 22nd January 2015
Place:   Senate Room,

For the event programme click here

For more details about the event contact Dr. Linda Price

Mon 5th

ISEP in Top 20 UK Research Institutes

Figures released by the national Higher Education Statistics Agency have confirmed that Planning at Queen’s University have been placed in the top 20 UK schools. The institute returned over 95 per cent of its academic staff, and 72 per cent of its research classified in the top two categories of world leading and internationally excellent.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston said: “This spectacular news, coming on the back of our excellent REF 2014 performance, clearly validates Queen’s as a University with world-class researchers carrying out world-class research. ..... Queen’s University is on a journey to become a powerhouse of world-class research and this is a great platform from which to build a world-class research institution that is globally competitive.”

Institutes in the Top 20 at Queen's

For the Universities' response to the results click here

For the full UK results click here