Planning For Regional Development- Book now for the Annual Conference of the Regional Studies Association Irish Branch

The Annual Conference of the Regional Studies Association Irish Branch (in conjunction with NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission) will be held on Friday 9 September 2016 at NUI Galway.

The conference is titled “Planning for Regional Development: The National Planning Framework as a Roadmap for Ireland’s Future?”.  The conference is timely with work underway on the new National Planning Framework and its associated Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies.  These will have significant impacts on the future spatial pattern of development in Ireland.

The conference will examine best international practice in spatial planning and consider what should be at the heart of Irish regional development and planning policy.  It will ask what vision for Ireland should underpin local, regional and national development over the next 30 years.

Three international speakers have been invited to provide a European perspective on Spatial Planning and to give insights into experiences in other countries.

These are:

  • Prof. Leonie Janssen-Jansen, Professor of Land Use Planning, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Mr. Peter Mehlbye,  former Director of the EU ESPON Programme and former advisor to the Department of the Environment on the National Spatial Strategy
  • Prof. Markku Sotarauta, University of Tampere, Finland

In addition Paul Hogan (Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government) will give an update on progress with the National Planning Framework.

The provisional programme with additional details on the conference venue can be downloaded here.

You can register for the conference online at

Please note that there is a €70 fee for attending the conference and this includes lunch. Payments are processed via PayPal.


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