UK Ireland Planning Research Conference:

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Disseminating research from Belfast THRIVES - a Department for Communities funded partnership with Belfast City Council and Department for Infrastructure - Dr Gavan Rafferty and Dr Saul M Golden of Ulster University, and Dr Callie Persic of Belfast City Council were invited to give a peer reviewed presentation to the 75th annual UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference. The presentation, "Post-pandemic planning for healthy, inclusive and liveable places", featured the outcomes of action research between Ulster University's Urban Research Lab and Belfast City Council to critically examine how Belfast’s ‘building back better’ initiatives contribute to the liveability of the city and attempt to improve wellbeing outcomes of its inhabitants. While health and well-being have been increasingly prioritised in planning in recent years, the coronavirus pandemic, and associated lockdowns, have energised many local authorities, and national governments, to fast-track statutory guidance for providing spaces that offer socially distanced travel and safer public realm interventions. Using mixed methods, consisting of stakeholder and physical mapping of selected projects, qualitative surveys, and roundtable workshops (across sectors), the presentation examined the research context, rationale, methodology, and resulting insights on how health and wellbeing outcomes are being considered in planning and development process post-pandemic.
Period9 Sept 2021
Event typeConference
LocationNewcastle-on-Tyne, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational