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Dr Neale Blair is a Senior Lecturer in Planning at Ulster University and is Associate Head, Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment. Neale is an expert in spatial planning policy and practice. Neale is an active member of Ulster’s Built Environment Research Institute (BERI) and Centre for Research on Property and Planning (RPP). 


External connections include chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE), and member of the National Planning Knowledge Group for the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR). Neale is currently Chair of the Planning Schools Forum, which represents RTPI-accredited Planning Schools.


Neale’s research interests include spatial governance and analysis; urban planning pedagogy, planning education in developing countries; visualisation of data to inform stakeholder engagement and decision making; and the use of technology to enhance participation in planning processes.  Neale has fifteen year’s research experience of research in cross-border spatial planning, working with stakeholders in the public, private and community sectors. Neale is currently supervising four doctoral students in Planning at Ulster. Recent publications include topics such as a social-ecological resilience agenda for urban design, and 3D technology for enhancing resilience in the built environment.

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Research Output 2005 2018

3 Citations (Scopus)

Articulating a social-ecological resilience agenda for urban design

Quigley, M., Blair, N. & Davison, K., 13 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Urban Design. 0, p. 1-22

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
urban design
social capital
literature review
ecological system

A partnership-based model for embedding employability in urban planning education

Blair, N. & Manda, M., 25 Feb 2016, In : Urban, Planning and Transport Research. 4, 1, p. 46-63

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
urban planning
urban planner

Multi-Purpose 3-D Real Estate: Understanding the Role of 3-D Technology for Enhancing Resilience

Christensen, P., McIlhatton, D., Blair, N. & Grunninger Bonney, C., 11 Feb 2016, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Real Estate Literature. 24, 2, p. 453-472

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Revitalising Border Towns and Villages: Assets and potentiality in the Irish Border Region

Creamer, C. & Blair, N., 22 Dec 2016

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

Open Access
border region

Innovative approaches to understanding business location factors

Allen, D., Blair, N., McIlhatton, D. & Bond, R., 23 Nov 2015, Unknown Host Publication. 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Audio recordings
User interfaces


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