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Linda Fox-Rogers

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of Architecture, Plan & Env Pol
Richview Sch of Architecture
Belfield
Dublin 4

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Email: linda.fox-rogers@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Linda Fox-Rogers is a postdoctoral researcher and occasional lecturer based in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at UCD. Linda graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 with a B.A. (Mod) in Geography and Sociology and is a fully qualified planner having obtained a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning in UCD in 2009. She also holds a PhD in Planning and Environmental Policy from UCD. Linda has experience of working within the private planning and procurement sectors and currently sits on the Council of the Irish Planning Institute as Convener of the Research and Policy Group.

Linda's research is guided by her interest in the analysis of governance processes in the fields of land-use planning, urban development and environmental policy. She is particularly interested in exploring how the uneven power dynamics between the multiple stakeholders in the planning system play out to produce substantive social, economical and environmental outcomes which often negate sound planning practice. Set against this concern, her research spans three thematic areas: 1) Power and politics in the planning system; 2) The neoliberalisation of the state and planning; and 3) The creative economy and regional development policy.

Linda has been successful in attracting funding from the Irish Research Council where she was awarded their  Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Award and Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award in 2010 and 2014 respectively. Her work has been disseminated at a range of international and national conferences and is published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals such as Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design; Cities; Planning Theory, Geoforum, Town Planning Review, and Growth and Change. Linda lectures on a diverse number modules throughout the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at both graduate and undergraduate level and has experience of supervising graduate students to completion.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: Early Career Researcher Award (Commended)
Year: 2014.
Title: Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Year: 2010.
Title: Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award
Year: 2008.
Title: RTPI Planning Student of the Year

Associations

Association: Irish Planning Institute, Function/Role: Convenor, Policy and Research Committee
Association: International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Planning Institute, Function/Role: Corporate Member
Association: Geographical Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Murphy E., Fox-Rogers, L. and Grist, B. (2011) Legislative change in Ireland: a Marxist political economy critique of planning law. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Conference of Irish Geographers, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, , 06-MAY-11 - 08-MAY-11.
Murphy, E. and Fox-Rogers, L. (2012) ¿Neo-liberalism and entrepreneurial planning: the case of Irish planning legislation. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Conference of Irish Geographers, Trinity College Dublin , 25-MAY-12 - 27-MAY-12.
Fox-Rogers, L. and Murphy, E. (2013) Self perceptions of the role of the planner. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], The Association of the Euopean Schools of Planning Conference, University College Dublin , 15-JUL-13 - 19-JUL-13.
Murphy E. and Fox-Rogers, L. (2013) Perceptions of the common good in planning. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], The Association of the Euopean Schools of Planning Conference, University College Dublin , 15-JUL-13 - 19-JUL-13.
Murphy E. and Fox-Rogers, L. (2013) Perceptions of the common good in planning. Conference of Irish Geographers, NUI Galway , 16-MAY-13 - 18-MAY-13.
Murphy, E., Fox-Rogers, L. and Redmond, D. (2013) The Creative Economy and Strategic Economic Policy. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], International conference on social sciences, Izmire, Turkey , 04-OCT-13 - 05-OCT-13.
Fox-Rogers (2014) Is planning gain the new 'brown envelope'? An investigation into the strategic use of planning gain agreements. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers, University College Dublin , 08-MAY-14 - 10-MAY-14.
Fox-Rogers, L. and Murphy, E. (2013) Informal strategies of power in the local planning system. Conference of Irish Geographers, .
Linda Fox-Rogers (2012) Power and politics in planning: perspectives from Irish urban planners. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Conference of Irish Geographers, Trinity College Dublin , 25-MAY-12 - 27-JUL-12.
Linda Fox-Rogers (2012) Power and politics in the planning system: a political economy approach using evidence from Ireland. [Oral Presentation], The Association of European Schools of Planning Annual Congress, Ankara, Turkey , 11-JUL-12 - 15-JUL-12.

Committees

Committee : Research and Policy Group Committee of the Irish Planning Insititute
Committee : Graduate Studies Committee
Committee : Local Organising Committee for the Joint AESOP/ACSP Congress 2013
 

Education

Year 2014 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy
Year 2009 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MRUP Subject: Regional and Urban Planning
Year 2007 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: BA (Mod) Subject: Geography and Sociology
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Murphy, E. and Fox-Rogers, L. (2015) 'Transport and land use planning in contemporary Meath' In: Ludlow, F. and Crampsie, A (eds). Meath: History and Society. Wicklow: Geography Publications. [Details]
Murphy, E., Fox-Rogers, L. and Grist, B. (2014) 'The political economy of legislative change: neoliberalising planning legislation' In: MacLaran, A. and Kelly, S (eds). Neoliberal Urban Policy and the Transformation of the City: Reshaping Dublin. London: Palgrave. , pp.53-65 Available Online [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Fox-Rogers, L. and Murphy, E. (2015) 'From brown envelopes to community benefits: the co-option of planning gain agreements under deepening neoliberalism'. Geoforum, 67 :41-50. [DOI] [Details]
Murphy, E. and Fox-Rogers, L. (2015) 'Perceptions of the common good in planning'. Cities, 42 :231-241. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Murphy, E., Fox-Rogers, L. and Redmond, D. (2015) 'Location decision-making of 'creative' industries: the media and computer game sectors in Dublin, Ireland'. Growth And Change, 46 (1):97-113. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Fox-Rogers, L. and Murphy, E. (2014) 'Informal strategies of power in the local planning system'. Planning Theory, 13 (3):244-268. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Fox-Rogers, L., Murphy, E. and Grist, B. (2011) 'Legislative change in Ireland: a Marxist political economy critique of planning law'. Town Planning Review, 82 (6):639-668. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Fox-Rogers, L. and Murphy, E. (2016) 'Self-perceptions of the role of the planner'. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 43 (1):74-92. [DOI] [Details]
   

Published Reports

Fox. L, E. Murphy, D. Redmond and P. Lawton (2009) Exploring Dublin's creative knowledge economy: the opinions of highly skilled employees, managers and transnational migrants. Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt), Amsterdam. Available Online [Details]
                                                                                       

Research

Research Interests

Guiding Linda's research is an interest in understanding how the production of the built environment and its various social, economic and environmental ramifications not only reflect, but also reproduce the uneven power dynamics that are inherent within advanced capitalist societies. Set against this concern, her current research spans three thematic areas: 1) Power and politics in the planning system; 2) The neoliberalisation of the state and planning; and 3) The creative economy and regional development policy.

 1)            Power and politics in the planning system

Linda has a deep interest in advancing our understanding of how issues of power and politics permeate the planning process. This research strand underpinned her PhD thesis, the central objective of which was to examine how power relations arise between key stakeholders in the planning system, the mechanisms by which power is exerted, and how such power imbalances become manifested as social, economic and environmental outcomes which negate sound planning practice. This work is contributing to key debates within planning theory and critical urban geography, whilst also offering practical recommendations to practitioners and policy makers within the sphere of planning and environmental policy. In particular, it highlights the existence of an informal or ¿shadow¿ planning system which operates alongside the formal planning process, but is exclusively available to powerful development interests. Moreover, it provides original and valuable insights into the normative views of planning practitioners in relation to the ethical dimensions of planning practice. To date, this body of work has been published in high impact journals such as Planning Theory, Cities, and Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, with another paper currently under review in Planning Theory. The contribution that Linda is making in this sphere is reflected in her being awarded an Early Career Researcher Award (Commended) at the Royal Town Planning Institute's Research Excellence Awards in 2015.

 2)            Neoliberalisation of the state and planning

This aspect of Linda's research is concerned with critically analysing how the state and its institutions have been transformed under processes of neoliberalisation. Specifically, she is interested in exploring how the planning system in particular has been reoriented towards the interests of private capital at the expense of the common good as new governance arrangements unfold.  This body of work has made a significant contribution to the existing state of knowledge by critically analysing how legislative changes are playing an important role in driving the shift towards entrepreneurial planning practice. It also elucidates how processes of neoliberalisation have opened up new opportunities for development interests to exert influence in more subtle and implicit ways than was previously possible, namely through the (mis)use of planning gain agreements. Her interest in the changing nature of governance under neoliberalism has also led her to analyse how new governance frameworks within the field of flood risk management have seen greater levels of responsibility being transferred from the state to the level of individual households. Linda's research in this broad area has been disseminated at a range of international conferences and has been published in Town Planning Review (the world¿s oldest and most prestigious planning journal) and Geoforum. It has also been featured in an edited volume which explores issues of neoliberalisation within an Irish context alongside a number of leading international academics within the field of spatial planning and urban studies.

 3)            The creative economy and urban regional development

Linda also has a strong interest in examining the influence of the 'creative class' thesis on emergent urban development strategies within the context of the creative and knowledge economy. This thematic element of her research is reflected in her involvement in working on an EU FP 6 Project, entitled Accommodating Creative Knowledge- Competitiveness of European Metropolitan Regions within the Enlarged Union (ACRE). To date this body of work has focused on exploring the conditions for stimulating creative knowledge regions and examining the core factors influencing the spatial behaviour of employees, managers and skilled migrants within the creative knowledge economy. More specifically, it has also sought to examine the location preferences of core creative companies by looking at the specific case of the computer games and media sector. This research is contributing to key debates in spatial planning and regional development policy by highlighting the continued importance of 'hard' factors in terms of determining the location of creative firms, whilst also recognising that 'soft' factors can play an important role under particular conditions. This work has been published in Growth and Change, has been disseminated at international conferences.

Grant Funding Awarded
Sponsor: The Irish Research Council 
Award: Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 2015
Title: Power and the planning system: A political economy perspective
Duration:12 months
Value:
44,123 euro

Sponsor: The Irish Research Council
Award: Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award 2010
Title: Power and the planning system: A political economy perspective
Duration: 36 months
Value:
63,200  euro

Sponsor: College of Social Sciences and Law, UCD.
Award: Graduate Research Innovation Fund (Travel Grant)
Value: 750 euro

     

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Linda has contributed (in full or in part) to a diverse range of geography and planning based modules throughout the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at both undergraduate and graduate level.
         

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr. Enda Murphy
Dr. Finbarr Brereton
Dr. Peter Clinch
Dr. Eoin O'Neill
Dr. Michael Lennon
Dr. Declan Redmond
Dr. Berna Grist
Dr. Philip Lawton
Catherine Devitt