Planning


Achieving sustainable development represents a fundamental understanding and appreciation of the inextricable link between economy, environment and society in the delivery of sustainable planning and development at a local and global level. DIT’s School of Spatial Planning is the largest planning school on the island of Ireland, teaching students how to develop policies in the areas of sustainable management.

The two departments within the School are: the department of Spatial Information Sciences providing expertise in data acquisition and spatial referencing
and the department of Environment and Planning providing expertise in the areas of land use planning and environmental management.

It is through this school that DIT has developed and delivered Ireland’s longest established Masters in Sustainable Development.

 

Conference Presentations
Social & Economic Dimensions of Maritime Spatial Planning

2nd. June 2016 - held in St. Laurence's Chapel, DIT Grangegorman, D7
PRESENTATIONS HERE

 

Industry Research Opportunities with DIT's MSc in Sustainable Development


Since 1999 DIT has been running the MSc in Sustainable Development (FT118). Each year 25 students undertake work experience and a research project in addition to taking subjects related to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

With an academic team that has an industry focused outlook and an ever increasingly engaged student body, organisations are finding student sponsorship as a valuable means of gaining research based insights in fields related to sustainable development.

In return for sponsorship, the industrial partner receives from DIT the sourcing of highly qualified and motivated candidates and the supervision of sponsor directed research over a 12 month period.

To date research projects have covered a broad range of sustainable development related topics including:

      • Attitudes of Irish Consumers toward Ecolabels
      • Corporate Environmental Responsibility
      • The Ecological Footprint of Rural Irish Businesses
      • The Dublin Bike scheme an element of multi-modal transport
      • Greening Irish Hotels
      • Sustainable materials in interior design
      • Food: Consumer choice and climate change
      • Smart Meter Infrastructure
      • An ecological footprint of SMEs in the Temple Bar area
      • Carbon proofing central government policy in Ireland
      • The sustainability of liquid bio-fuel production
      • Electricity generation in private housing using turbines and thermal cells 
      • Farmers’ markets a survey of practice
      • Characterising energy user behaviour in the domestic sector

If you are an organisation interested in sponsoring a directed research project, please contact Dr. Ken Boyle (e: ken.boyle@dit.ie, p: 01.402 3814)

Industry Research Opportunities with DIT’s MSc in Local Development and Innovation

Since 1995 DIT has been running postgraduate programmes in the area of Local Development and Innovation. Each year students undertake work experience and a research project in addition to taking subjects related to economic development, local governance, public policy and innovation.

With an academic team that has an industry-focused outlook and an increasingly engaged student body, organisations are finding student placements as a valuable means of gaining research-based insights in fields related to economic development, local governance, public policy and innovation.

In return for hosting the student, the host organisation receives from DIT highly qualified and motivated candidates and the supervision of sponsor directed research over the duration of the placement.

To date research projects have covered a broad range of local development related topics including:

      • Public policy and enabling local economic development interventions
      • Community benefit and renewable energy
      • Adult education interventions in marginalised communities
      • Linking women’s empowerment and local economic development in Uganda
      • Traveller participation in civil society organisations in Dublin
      • Evaluating the benefits of community homework clubs
      • Social enterprise development and sustainable employment for people with intellectual disabilities
      • Declining localism in rural Ireland
      • The Age Friendly Towns initiative and participative planning
      • Social License to Operate - From the World Bank to Ireland
      • The influence of civil society organisation on youth alcohol consumption
      • Community brain drain - how can marginalised communities retain skilled and educated residents 
      • The effectiveness of area-based education interventions
      • Local area plans and economic development

If you are an organisation interested in hosting a placement and a directed research project, please contact Dr. Deiric Ó Broin (e: deiric.obroin@dit.ie p: 014024072)

Other postgraduate programmes within the School are:

Research Centre - Euro SDR

EuroSDR is a European spatial data research organisation undertaking collaborative applied research projects, hosting focussed workshops, publishing an official series of reports, delivering an annual series of short distance learning courses, contributing to the development of specifications and standards by OGC, ISO and CEN and participating in the drafting of the INSPIRE implementing rules. 

SEA/AA in the Energy Sector

Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) accompany plans and programmes and provide for a high level of protection of the environment. Their role is to integrate environmental consideration at an early stage into plans and programmes with a view to promoting sustainable development. Appropriate Assessments (AAs) are concerned with the avoidance of adverse effects resulting from plans and projects on Natura 2000 sites and seek to maintain the integrity of such designations ..... more information here

Marine Spatial Planning : Towards an Integrated Policy Framework for Ireland.

In light of the recent adoption of the Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) Directive in the summer of 2014, Ireland’s greatest challenge will be to overcome the lack of integration in marine governance .... more information here


Useful Links:

Cultivate: www.cultivate.ie
ENFO: www.enfo.ie
Forum for Irish Urban Studies: www.fius.ie
Irish Institute of Surveyors: www.irish-surveyors.ie
Irish Planning Institute: www.ipi.ie
Society of Chartered Surveyors: www.scs.ie
Sustainable Ireland: www.sustainable.ie