The Planning and Sustainability Research Cluster unites interests that attach to the analysis, improvement and pedagogical transformation of problems arising within the context of an increasingly globalised world. Research is conducted at a host of scales and involves a wide range of actors and social structures and shares a focus on the transformative power of alternative visions. These latter may emerge in the context of resistance movements, urban and regional planning practices or in the formation of sustainable policies and lifestyles; as a result, analyses require a diverse range of methodological approaches. At the same time, thematic and theoretical work in the group remain anchored in a shared belief in the need to critically interrogate policies and representations that contribute to the persistence of non-sustainable social practices.

Cluster Members


Dr Liam Carr
Dr Patrick Collins
Dr Therese Conway
Dr Frances Fahy
Dr Mary Greene
Dr Valerie Ledwith
Dr Marie Mahon
Dr Kathy Reilly
Prof. Ulf Strohmayer 

Dr Eimear Heaslip
Dr Gary Goggins
Postgraduate Students
Aine Bird
John Byrne
Desiree Farrell
Helen Maguire
Elaine Williams


Moycullen 2030: A Village Plan

The Moycullen Village Plan set out to approach spatial planning from the bottom up. This was achieved through the use of various methods from the traditional (focus groups and surveys) to the more advanced (online engagement and the development of the Village Plan App). The goal was to activate the residents of a village and enable their authorship of their place.

Principle Investigator: Dr Patrick Collins
Funded by: Irish Research Council

ENERGISE – European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy

ENERGISE comprehensively covers the full spectrum of energy consumption in the European Union, investigating the factors driving individual and collective energy choices and practices. It classifies energy initiatives in 30 European countries, to inform the subsequent design, rollout and monitoring across eight countries of two culturally sensitive, yet transferrable Living Labs to reduce household energy consumption.

Principle Investigator(s): Dr Frances Fahy, Dr Gary Goggins, Dr Eimear Heaslip
Contact Name: Dr Frances Fahy
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Funded by: Horizon 2020

MOSES - Maritime, Ocean Sector and Ecosystem Sustainability: fostering blue growth in Atlantic marine industries

The project aims to examine the ‘blue’ growth path for the sustainable development of the major sectors operating in the Atlantic space. It will evaluate the evolution of the Atlantic marine sectors; examine the sectoral pressures on the marine environment; assess the vulnerability of coastal areas to the identified pressures; develop sustainable transition plans to blue growth and test policies to meet MSP and MSFD goals.
Principle Investigator(s): Dr Stephen Hynes (SEMRU), Dr Frances Fahy, Dr Liam Carr, Dr Daniel Norton, Ms Rebecca Corless

Geography Contact Name: Dr Frances Fahy
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Funded by: INTERGG Atlantic Area Programme

ATLAS – A Trans-AtLantic Assessment and deep water ecosystem based Spatial management plan for Europe

The project aims to assess the Atlantic’s deep-sea ecosystems and Marine Genetic Resources to create the integrated and adaptive planning products needed for sustainable Blue Growth. ATLAS will gather diverse new information on sensitive Atlantic ecosystems (incl. VMEs and EBSAs) to produce a step-change in our understanding of their connectivity, functioning and responses to future changes in human use and ocean climate. Principle Investigator(s): Prof Anthony Grehan (EOS), Dr Frances Fahy, Dr Stephen Hynes, Prof Ronan Long

Geography Contact Name: Dr Frances Fahy
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Funded by: Horizon 2020