Navigation

Researchers at UCD

researcher

Owen Douglas

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of Architecture, Plan & Env Pol
Planning and Env Policy
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162678
Email: owen.douglas@ucd.ie

Biography

Owen Douglas is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at UCD. He holds a BA (Mod.) in Economic and Social Studies from the University of Dublin, Trinity College (2007) and is a qualified Planner having graduated with First Class Honours from the UCD Master of Regional and Urban Planning Programme in 2009. In March 2015, he successfully defended his PhD in Planning from UCD in which he investigated issues of sustainable development and quality of life in the contemporary urban environment. This research was supervised by Dr Paula Russell and Professor Mark Scott and was funded for four years through the UCD PhD Programme in Sustainable Development, a Graduate Research Education Programme funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC).

In 2011, Owen spent six months as a visiting scholar in the School of Planning and Regional Development at Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada as part of the Megapolitan project, funded by the Canada-European Union Program for Co-operation in Higher Education, Training and Youth. In the summer of 2008, he was employed as a Student Planner Intern in the Planning Inspectorate of An Bord Pleanála (the Irish planning appeals board). Prior to this he spent four consecutive summers working as a summer intern in the Planning and Economic Development section of Dublin City Council.

Owen is currently employed as a Post-Doctoral Researcher on the Eco-Health project (www.ecohealth.ie) which is funded jointly by the EPA and HSE and led by Prof. Mark Scott and Dr Mick Lennon.  Eco-Health explores the health benefits of ecosystems services as a means to supply evidence and tools for developing health promoting environments or 'healthy places'.  He worked previously (2014-2016) as a Research Assistant and Post-Doctoral Researcher on the IRC funded OASIS Project led by Dr Enda Murphy (PI). This research was concerned with the optimisation of strategic noise mapping and population exposure estimation for meeting the requirements of the European Noise Directive.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2009.
Title: Michael O'Connor Heritage Prize
       

Conference Contributions

Douglas, O.; Scott, M.; Russell, P.; Brereton, F. (2011) Health, well-being and liveability: An exploration of self-reported quality of life in the Dublin Urban Region. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], European Urban Research Association (EURA) Annual Conference 2011, Copenhagen , 23-JUN-11 - 25-JUN-11.
Douglas, O.; Kogler, D.F.; McPhee, S. (2011) Dublin: Buzzing island with global links: a virtual mega-region transcending traditional physical boundaries. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], MEGAPOLITAN Consortium Colloquium, Québec City, Canada , 23-AUG-11 - 28-AUG-11.
Douglas, O.; Russell, P. (2013) Spatial planning, urban development and sustainable lifestyles: Insights from the Greater Dublin Area. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers, Galway , 16-MAY-13 - 18-MAY-13.
Brereton, F.; Bullock, C.; Douglas, O.; O¿Neill, E. (2013) Rural Quality of Life in an Age of Austerity: A case study of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 9th European Urban & Regional Studies Conference, Brighton , 10-JUL-13 - 11-JUL-13.
Douglas, O.; Russell, P. (2013) Social cohesion and sense of community: Residential quality of life and neighbourhood satisfaction in the Greater Dublin Area. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Joint AESOP/ACSP Congress 2013: Planning for Resilient Cities and Regions, Dublin , 15-JUL-13 - 19-JUL-13.
Douglas, O.; Russell, P.; Scott, M. (2015) Perceptions of neighbourhood service and facility provision for urban sustainability: Evidence from the Greater Dublin Area. [Oral Presentation], IGU Urban Commission Annual Meeting 2015: Urban Challenges in a Complex World, Dublin , 09-AUG-15 - 16-AUG-15.
Douglas, O.; Murphy, E. (2015) Subjective responses to sleep disturbance from transportation sources: evidence from Ireland. [Oral Presentation], IGU Urban Commission Annual Meeting 2015: Urban Challenges in a Complex World, Dublin , 09-AUG-15 - 16-AUG-15.
 

Employment

Employer: An Bord Pleanala
Position: Student Planner Itern
Employer: Dublin City Council
Position: Summer Intern

Education

Year 2009 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MRUP Subject: Regional and Urban Planning
Year 2007 Institution: University of Dublin, Trinity College
Qualification: BA (Mod) Subject: Economic and Social Studies

Languages

French:
       

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Lennon, M; Douglas, O; Scott, M (2017) 'Urban green space for health and well-being: developing an 'affordances' framework for planning and design'. Journal of Urban Design, . [Details]
Douglas, O; Lennon, M; Scott, M (2017) 'Green space benefits for health and well-being: A life-course approach for urban planning, design and management'. Cities, 66 :53-62. [Details]
Douglas, O and Murphy, E (2016) 'Source-based subjective responses to sleep disturbance from transportation noise'. Environment International, 92-93 :450-456. Available Online [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Douglas, O. and Murphy, E. (2016) Exploring the influence of housing characteristics and socio-demographics on subjective night-time disturbance from transportation noise Proceedings of the Irish Transport Research Network (ITRN) Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin, , 01-SEP-16 - 02-SEP-16 Available Online [Details]
Douglas, O. and Russell, P. (2016) Perceptions of Urban Quality Of Life, Public and Open Space as Predictors of Neighbourhood Satisfaction: Implications for Sustainable Urban Development City lights: Cities and citizens within/beyond/notwithstanding the crisis, European Urban Research Association (EURA) Annual Conference 2015 Politecnico di Torino, Turin Italy, , 16-JUN-16 - 18-JUN-16 [Details]
Douglas, O.; Russell, P; Scott, M. (2015) An essential convergence: Residential preferences and sustainable development in the contemporary urban environment Transforming cities, transformative cities: European Urban Research Association (EURA) Annual Conference 2015 Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania, , 17-SEP-15 - 20-SEP-15 [Details]
Douglas, O.; Scott, M.; Russell, P.; Brereton, F. (2011) Health, well-being and liveability: An exploration of self-reported quality of life in the Dublin Urban Region European Urban Research Association (EURA) Conference , 23-JUN-11 - 25-JUN-11 [Details]
Douglas, O.; Kogler, D.F.; McPhee, S. (2013) Dublin: Buzzing island with global links: a virtual mega-region transcending traditional physical boundaries MEGAPOLITAN Consortium Colloquium , 23-AUG-13 - 28-AUG-13 [Details]
Douglas, O.; Russell, P. (2013) Spatial planning, urban development and sustainable lifestyles: Insights from the Greater Dublin Area Conference of Irish Geographers , 16-MAY-13 - 18-MAY-13 [Details]
Brereton, F.; Bullock, C.; Douglas, O.; O¿Neill, E. (2013) Rural Quality of Life in an Age of Austerity: A case study of Ireland 9th European Urban & Regional Studies Conference , 10-JUL-13 - 11-JUL-13 [Details]
Douglas, O.; Russell, P. (2013) Social cohesion and sense of community: Residential quality of life and neighbourhood satisfaction in the Greater Dublin Area Joint AESOP/ACSP Congress 2013: Planning for Resilient Cities and Regions , 15-JUL-13 - 19-JUL-13 [Details]
Douglas, O.; Russell, P.; Scott, M. (2015) Perceptions of neighbourhood service and facility provision for urban sustainability: Evidence from the Greater Dublin Area IGU Urban Commission Annual Meeting 2015: Urban Challenges in a Complex World , 09-AUG-15 - 16-AUG-15 [Details]
Douglas, O.; Murphy, E. (2015) Subjective responses to sleep disturbance from transportation sources: evidence from Ireland IGU Urban Commission Annual Meeting 2015: Urban Challenges in a Complex World, Dublin , 09-AUG-15 - 16-AUG-15 [Details]
             

Reports

Douglas, O. (2008) Single Rural Housing - The Making of Section 47 Occupancy Agreements: An Overview. Dublin: Reports [Details]
Douglas, O. (2008) Waste Management Reference File: Policy & Legislation, Waste Management Planning, Techniques and Case Law. Dublin: Reports [Details]
                                                                                                 

Research

Research Interests

Owen's research interests are broad in scope but centre on the areas of spatial planning, sustainable development and population well-being.


Grant Funding Awarded

Awarded a four year scholarship to undertake the structured Graduate Research Education Programme (GREP) in Sustainable Development, co-ordinated by UCD and funded by the Irish Research Council (2009-2013).

Awarded a six month scholarship to participate in the Megapolitan Project 2011, funded by the EU and the Government of Canada.

     

Teaching

       

Developing as a Teacher

Owen has coordinated and delivered an undergraduate module in Geographic Information Systems (PEP20080) and has delivered guest lectures on sustainable development, quantitative research methods and public participation in planning at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also tutored in a range of human and physical geography modules at undergraduate level. Owen's primary teaching aim is to mentor students and assist them in their own independent learning. Engaging with students to encourage peer led learning is a key focus, as is the importance of creating a relevant and engaging learning environment. His teaching approach seeks to develop subject-specific knowledge as well as transferable skills, such as team work, communication and problem solving. Recognising that academic development is a continuous process, he is dedicated to continuing his professional practice and personal learning.
 

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Paula Russell, Dr Enda Murphy, Prof. Mark Scott, Dr Craig Bullock, Dr Finbarr Brereton, Dr Eoin O'Neill, Dr Dieter F. Kogler.

External Collaborators