Seminar Series


The ISEP seminar series gives staff, researchers and PhD students of the Institute and other Universities the opportunity to present and talk about their work currently in progress. Members from other Schools within Queen's and other Universities are more than welcome to attend.

For more details please contact Dr Linda Price

2018

Wed 9th May

Dr Nikita Sud

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Dr Nikita Sud, who is an Associate Professor in Development Studies at the University of Oxford. Dr Sud’s research focuses on the politics of development, the neo-liberal transformation of postcolonial states and governance, and the political sociology and political economy of contemporary India.

Time:    12.30pm, Wednesday 9th May 2018
Place:   TBC

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Wed 2nd May

Dr Keith Halfacre

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Dr Keith Hardacre, who is a Reader in Geography at Swansea University.

In this seminar Keith will present on "Internal Migration in an Era of Mobilities and Precarity".

Time:    12.30pm, Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Place:   TBC

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Wed 7th Feb

Dr. Deepti Adlakha

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Dr. Deepti Adlakha, who is a lecturer in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast. Dr. Adlakha’s research is in the interdisciplinary investigation of person-in-environment interactions and human behaviors from the perspectives of architecture, urban design, and public health, with a specific focus on the developing world.

Dr. Deepti Adlakha will present on "Liveable Cities, Liveable Lives: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Planning and Health".

Time:    12.30pm, Wednesday 7th February 2018
Place:   TBC

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2017

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Wed 22nd Nov

Prof Rassem Khamais

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Prof. Rassem Khamais, University of Haifa, who is a visiting Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast.

Time:    12.30pm, Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Place:   Room 01.009, Elmwood Building

Wed 27th Sept

Dr Richard Waldron

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Dr Richard Waldron, who is a lecturer in Spatial Planning in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast. His research interests relate to the intersection of urban planning policy, housing markets and strategies of urban economic development.

In this seminar Richard will present on "Capitalizing on the Urban Debtscape: Financialization in Post-Crisis Contexts.".

Time:    12.30pm, Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Place:   Room 01.009, Elmwood Building

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Wed 3rd May

Dr Scott Orford

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Dr Scott Orford, who is a Reader in GIS and Spatial Analysis and is interested in modelling socio-economic processes that are sensitive to spatial context. He has an interest in health geographies, social spatial inequalities and housing and housing market analysis.

In this seminar Scott will present on how excessive alcohol consumption has many adverse effects on social and community well-being including poor physical and mental health, increase in violent crime and road traffic collisions. One of the proposed measures for reducing alcohol consumption is limiting the availability of alcohol through a reduction in the density of alcohol outlets. Previous studies measure alcohol outlet density using different methodologies; ranging from counts by geographical census unit to more sophisticated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based measures. Outlet density is often measured by administrative geographies using official statistical population groupings to act as a proxy for where a usual population resides. To overcome some of the issues with previous measures, the research will discuss household level measure of outlet density based on network measures of distance from the residence to all outlets within a 10-minute walking and driving distance in Wales. There will be a discussion of how these measures are associated with health outcomes in the study population.

Time:    1.00pm, Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Place:   Seminar Room 1, DKB.03.005, David Keir Building

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Wed 29th Mar

Dr Neil Galway

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Dr Neil Galway, who is a lecturer in spatial planning at Queen's University Belfast.

In this seminar Neil will present on "Re-humanising the City: Planning for the Unseen and Unheard".

Time:    1.00pm, Wednesday 29th March 2017
Place:   Seminar Room 1, DKB.03.005, David Keir Building

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Wed 8th Mar

Prof Graham Haughton

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The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Prof Graham Houghton, who is Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Manchester in the School of Environment, Education and Development.

In this seminar Graham will present on "Opening up planning? The Influence of External Institutions on Reforms to the National Planning System in England". English planning reform has become an increasingly politicised arena of debate as various bodies seek to influence ministerial thinking, both directly and indirectly.  The Seminar will be based on this where article we seek to throw light on the ways in which external bodies, in particular think tanks, professional bodies and advocacy groups, have sought to get their views heard by central government policy-makers. As a counterpoint to this, we also examine how policy-makers view the efforts of external bodies to influence planning reforms. Drawing on interviews with 27 key players we reveal the diverse tactics involved in seeking to shape policy and the ways in which policymakers respond to these.

Time:    1.00pm, Wednesday 8th March 2017
Place:   Seminar Room, DKB.03.005, David Keir Building

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Wed 15th Feb

Dr Liam Carr

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Dr Liam Carr, who focuses on management and policy development surrounding marine and coastal resources. He has published works on an economic valuation of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as tourism as a conservation tool in Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. He also examines how a community's local ecological knowledge can be used to improve management. A 2015-2016 US Fulbright Scholar, his research focuses on community perspectives toward salmon farming, tourism, and plastic dependency in western Ireland. A Lecturer in Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway, he still finds the time to continue searching for his ancestral waters in West Donegal.

In this seminar Liam will present on "Flagging Conflict and Consensus in Irish Salmon Farming". Expanding commercial salmon aquaculture has been pursued as a major element in a new Irish ocean economy, offering needed jobs in some of the most rural, underserved parts of western Ireland. Irish farmed salmon is helping meet a growing demand for locally-sourced and organic seafood while also becoming increasingly popular across Europe and Asia. But environmental and socioeconomic impacts are hotly disputed, and salmon farms are facing significant resistance from conservation, fishing, shellfish aquaculture, and tourism stakeholder groups. This research examines perspectives and biases held by all involved stakeholders, with the purpose of identifying areas of conflict and consensus between groups. Understanding these perspectives is a first step in resolving stakeholder conflict and establishing effective policy and planning guidance for salmon farming in western Ireland.

Time:    1.00pm, Wednesday 15th February 2017
Place:   Seminar Room, DKB.03.005, David Keir Building

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Wed 18th Jan

Dr Linda Fox Rogers

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Dr Linda Fox-Rogers, who focuses on her interest in the analysis of governance processes in the fields of land-use planning, urban development and environmental policy. She is particularly interested in exploring how the uneven power dynamics between the multiple stakeholders in the planning system play out to produce substantive social, economical and environmental outcomes which often negate sound planning practice.

In this seminar Linda will present on "Shedding light on Ireland's informal planning system: Power, Politics and Dilemmas".

Time:    1.00pm, Wednesday 18th January 2017
Place:   Seminar Room, DKB.03.005, David Keir Building

For more details about Linda click here

2016

Tues 27th Sept

Assoc. Prof Jasper Schipperijn

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Assoc. Prof Jasper Schipperijn, who is an Associate Professor of Active Living in the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark.

In this seminar Jasper will present on "Use of GPS and accelerometer to investigate the influence of the built environment on health".

Time:    1.00pm, Wednesday 18th May 2016
Place:   Space Board Room, David Keir Building

This seminar is being run as part of the Healthy Urban Living & Ageing in place: Physical Activity, Built Environment & Knowledge Exchange in Brazilian Cities (HULAP) project, funded by the Newton Fund through the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and Brazil’s National Council of State Funding Agencies (CONFAP). For more details see:

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Wed 18th May

Ramin M-Keivani

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Ramin M-Keivani, who is an urban development specialist with a particular interest on the interface of economic globalisation, development of land markets and urban growth and their impact on urban equity and sustainability, particularly in relation to low income land and housing provision in developing and transition economies.

In this seminar Ramin will present on "International Land Policy and Urban Development".

Time:    1.00pm, Wednesday 18th May 2016
Place:   Space Board Room, David Keir Building

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Wed 24th Feb

John Bryden

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with John Bryden, who is currently a Research Professor in the ‘grounded and inclusive innovation’ research group at the Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute (NILF) in Oslo, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He was a founder of the International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute and European director of the joint EU-North America exchange programme on Rural Policy in the 1980’s. He has coordinated four major transnational research programmes on economic and social dynamics in rural regions. He is a recognised expert on rural policy who has worked in UK, Norway, US, Canada, Chile, the Caribbean, Africa and India, and has been a Ministerial advisor on land reform and rural policy, and secretary of a cross-party group on rural policy.

In this seminar John will present on "Academic freedom, democracy and the public policy process: The case of renewables and limits to democracy",  and will argue that academic freedom is at risk from the efforts of policy ‘customers’ to alter or suppress ‘evidence’ that they do not like; the rise of new public management and with it the power of the technocracy over democracy and the attempts to supress democracy and related freedoms in dealing with problematic issues concerning different kinds of public goods.

Time:    1.00pm, Wednesday 24th February 2016
Place:   Seminar Room, DKB.03.005, David Keir Building

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Wed 20th Jan

Mark Riley

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Mark Riley, who is currently a senior lecturer at Liverpool University. He is a human geographer whose research interests relate to the social and cultural aspects of rural and environmental change. Mark has worked on an AHRC funded project with Professor David Harvey at Exeter University and at the AHRC centre for Environmental History at the University of St Andrews. Mark is currently working on a Leverhulme funded  project entitled “Agricultural change in Britain: modelling past impacts to predict the future” and with colleagues in Norway is working on Norwegian Research Council project entitled: Integrating Scientific and Traditional Knowledge in adaptive management of semi-natural hay meadows”.

In this seminar, "Turning farmers into conservationists? Exploring the impact of farmers longer-term participation in Agri-environment Schemes", Mark will present and discuss on the debate and conjecture over how participation in Agri-environment Schemes (AESs) (re)shapes farmers’ environmental actions, understandings and associated identities.

Time:   1.00pm, Wednesday 20th January 2016
Place:   Seminar Room, DKB.03.005, David Keir Building

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2015

Wed 2nd Dec

Koen Salemink

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Koen Salemink, who is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. He is writing his thesis on how remote rural areas and marginalized groups, manage to participate in the digital information society. His post is partly funded by the EU Interreg IVB project ITRACT. Previously he worked in social housing as a policy advisor and as an advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Interior for Gypsy-Traveller affairs.

In this seminar Koen will present on "Rural broadband initiatives in the Netherlands: the interplay – or power imbalance – between market, government and community".

Time:   1.00pm, Wednesday 2nd Dec 2015
Place:   Seminar Room, DKB.03.005, David Keir Building

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Wed 28th Oct

Michael Lennon

The Institute of Spatial & Environmental Planning's seminar series continues with Michael Lennon, who is a Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Policy in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin.  He researches, teaches and publishes on planning and environmental policy.

In this seminar Michael will present on "Overcoming barriers when translating good ideas into better practice: lessons from ‘green infrastructure’ planning". Researchers frequently find it difficult to move their ideas into practice. This difficulty often results from the incorrigibility of long established ways of administrating space, and a method devised for a recent project that specifically sought to overcome administrative silos when encouraging professional synergies in delivering more sustainable environments.

Time:    12.30pm, Wednesday 28th Oct 2015
Place:   SPACE School Boardroom

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Tues 19th May

Ciaran Cuffe

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

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Wed 6th May

Dr Neil Harris

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     

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Wed 29th Apr

Dr Lee Crookes

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

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Thurs 26th Mar

Professor Susan Oakley

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     

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Tues 24th Feb

Professor Gillian Bristow

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     

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Thurs 22nd Jan

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,

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For more details about the event contact Dr. Linda Price

2014

Tues 9th Dec

Professor Darren Smith

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     

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Tues 28th Oct

Professor Peter Roberts

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      

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