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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom


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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

Award Date: 14 Dec 2017

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

  • 3 Article
  • 3 Other contribution
  • 1 Commissioned report

Emergent Cross-Border Functional Geographies on the Island of Ireland: pre- and post-Brexit

Rafferty, G. & Blair, N., Mar 2020, In : Irish Geography. 52, 2, p. 175-191 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Introduction to Special Issue: Creating Spaces for Cooperation: Crossing Borders and Boundaries before and after Brexit

    Walsh, C. & Rafferty, G., 31 Mar 2020, In : Irish Geography. 52, 2, p. 127-135 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Can we make sense of Brexit by understanding place?

    Rafferty, G., 9 Jan 2018, Royal Town Planning Institute.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Northern Ireland and the challenge of Brexit

    Rafferty, G., 24 May 2017, Royal Town Planning Institute.

    Research output: Other contribution

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

    Rafferty, G., 20 Dec 2017, Northern Ireland : AgendaNI.

    Research output: Other contribution


  • Activities

    • 5 Membership of network

    INCORE (Organisational unit)

    Gavan Rafferty (Member)

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    Higher Education Academy (External organisation)

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    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 → …

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