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Dr Gavan Rafferty, PhD, MSc, BA (Hons.), Pg Cert HEP, MRTPI, FHEA, is a Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development at the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment, and is a member of the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI) at Ulster University. Before his lectureship at Ulster University, Gavan had a temporary Lectureship (2007-2009) and was a Research Assistant (2005-2007) at Queen's University Belfast, and was a Development Control Officer (2004-2005) at the (then) Planning Service in Northern Ireland. Gavan's research interests include: the interplay between community planning (integrated service delivery) and spatial planning (land use development); community engagement and participation; regeneration and urban governance in post-conflict societies/contested spaces; modernisation and reform of planning policy and practice; European and cross-border spatial planning Gavan is a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and is past Chairperson of the RTPI Northern Ireland Branch (2009-2010).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Queen's Univeristy Belfast

Master, Queen's Univeristy Belfast

Bachelor, Queen's Univeristy Belfast

External positions

External Examiner, University College London

Sep 2019Jul 2023

RTPI Partnership Board Chairperson, University of Dundee


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • G Geography (General)
  • Planning
  • Development

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Research Output 2012 2018

  • 3 Other contribution
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Article

Can we make sense of Brexit by understanding place?

Rafferty, G., 9 Jan 2018

Research output: Other contribution

Northern Ireland and the challenge of Brexit

Rafferty, G., 24 May 2017

Research output: Other contribution

‘Soft spaces’ and ‘hard borders’? Reflections on Brexit for places and planning

Rafferty, G., 20 Dec 2017, Northern Ireland

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
border region
spatial planning
land use planning
land use
6 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
group cohesion


Town Planning
environmental planning

Activities 2004 2017

  • 5 Membership of network

INCORE (Organisational unit)

Gavan Rafferty (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) (External organisation)

Gavan Rafferty (Member)
2013 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Higher Education Academy (External organisation)

Gavan Rafferty (Member)
2013 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Association of European Schools of Planning (External organisation)

Gavan Rafferty (Member)
2009 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Royal Town Planning Institute (External organisation)

Gavan Rafferty (Member)
2004 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network


Emotional mapping: exploring how mapping of emotion can add value to knowledge on decision making in contested spaces

Author: O'Neill, J., Oct 2018

Supervisor: Blair, N. (Supervisor) & Rafferty, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis