• York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

  • 54

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David Coyles leads the Hidden Barriers superstudio and Hidden Barriers research-cluster at Ulster University, where he teaches architectural design and architectural theory. Since 2012, David has directed the Cartographies of Conflict research programme, overseeing two successive Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded projects as Principal Investigator. These multidisciplinary investigations bring together architecture, photography, urban planning, conflict studies, social policy and history, to examine the ways in which conflict shapes urban space and community development. David’s recent research publications include articles in The Journal of ArchitectureEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space and City, with contributions to Heritage after Conflict (Routledge) and Housing Plans for the Future (Steidl). David is an elected councillor of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) where he currently chairs the PLACE committee.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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