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Cormac Walsh

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School Of Geog, Planning & Env Policy

Tel: +353 1 716
Email: cormac.walsh@ucd.ie

Biography


Research and Teaching

Since September 2006 Cormac has been registered as a PhD student with the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at UCD. His research is supervised by Dr. Brendan Williams and Dr. Declan Redmond. He is also a Research Fellow on the Urban Environment Project, based at Urban Institute Ireland and funded by the Environment Protection Agency. He has also gained valuable teaching experience as an occasional lecturer with Departments of Geography and Adult Education, NUI Maynooth and  the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at UCD.

He has presented preliminary results from his PhD and related research at international conferences in Glasgow, Liverpool, St. Petersburg and Vienna. He has published papers in a number of peer-reviewed journals and working paper series including Scottish Affairs, Regions and Progress in Irish Urban Studies.

From September 2005 until May 2006 he worked as a research assistant for the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), NUI Maynooth on a census atlas project (see publications below). In the summers of 2003 and 2004, he completed two internships at NIRSA, NUI Maynooth , involving research on the geography of voter turnout and the analysis of spatially disaggregated census data.

 

Academic Qualifications

Cormac Walsh graduated with an Honours BA degree in geography from National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2004 and a MSc in geography (Global Transformations) from Loughborough University, UK in 2005. He also studied economics and mathematical physics.

 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2009.
Title: Best Paper in Track, 3rd AESOP Young Academics Meeting, Vienna
Year: 2004.
Title: T. Jones Hughes Medal
Year: 2004.
Title: National University of Ireland Denis Phelan Scholarship
Year: 2004.
Title: Departmental Bursary

Associations

Association: Regional Studies Assocciation, Function/Role: member
Association: Geographical Society of Ireland, Function/Role: member
Association: AESOP (Assocciation of European Schools of Planning) Young Academics Network, Function/Role: member
Association: European Urban Research Assocciation, Function/Role: member
     

Conference Contributions

Walsh, C.; (2009) Strategic Spatial Planning and the Provision of Social and Community Infrastructure: a Case Study of the Dublin City-region. [Refereed Abstracts], Unequal Places, Planning and Territorial Cohesion, Planning Research Conference, Newcastle, England , 01-APR-09 - 03-APR-09.
Walsh, C.; (2009) Spatial Planning and Urban Development in the Dublin City-region: 1990-2006. [Refereed Abstracts], Planning as Rear View Mirror or Crystal Ball, Diversities of Planning Cultures, Traditions, Identities 3rd AESOP Young Academics Meeting, Vienna , 09-FEB-09 - 12-FEB-09.
Walsh, C.; (2009) Achieving Coordination between Spatial and Sectoral Policies: Assessing the Capacity for Spatial Governance in the Dublin City-region. [Refereed Abstracts], Parallel Patterns of Urban Growth and Decline: International Urban Planning and Environment Association 8th International Symposium, Kaiserslautern, Germany , 23-MAR-09 - 26-MAR-09.
Walsh, C.; (2008) Governance and Spatial Planning in the Dublin City-Region: A Conceptual Framework. [Refereed Abstracts], Forum of Irish Urban Studies Seminar 15: `Urban Studies: Recent research proposals and findings', Trinity College Dublin (TCD) , 26-FEB-08 - 26-FEB-08.
Walsh, C.; (2007) Demographic Change and Settlement Structure in the Dublin City-region: 1996 - 2006. [Refereed Abstracts], Demography and Economic Change: The Cases of Ireland and Scotland, Regional Studies Association Conference0, Glasgow , 19-SEP-07 - 20-SEP-07.
Walsh C.; (2007) Presentation of proposed PhD research, worksop participation. [Oral Presentation], AESOP PhD Workshop, Paestum, Italy , 07-JUL-07 - 10-JUL-07.
Brennan, M., Carty, J., Walsh, C.; (2008) Presentation of Urban Environment Project Research. [Refereed Abstracts], Conference of Irish Geographers, Liverpool , 09-MAY-08 - 11-MAY-08.
     

Languages

German:
       

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Walsh, C., Kavanagh, A., Walsh, J.; (2007) 'Economic Activity: Industries and Occupations' In: James. A. Walsh (eds). People and Place: A Census Atlas of the Republic of Ireland. Maynooth: NIRSA. [Details]
Walsh, C., Walsh, J., Kavanagh, A.; (2007) 'Population Distribution and Change' In: James. A. Walsh (eds). People and Place: A Census Atlas of the Republic of Ireland. Maynooth: NIRSA. [Details]
Walsh, C., Walsh, J., Kavanagh, A.; (2007) 'Population Structure' In: James. A. Walsh (eds). People and Place: A Census Atlas of the Republic of Ireland. Maynooth: NIRSA. [Details]
Walsh, C., Kavanagh, A., Walsh, J.; (2007) 'Education, Socio-Economic Status and Social Class' In: James. A. Walsh (eds). People and Place: A Census Atlas of the Republic of Ireland. Maynooth: NIRSA. [Details]
Walsh, C., Walsh, J., Kavanagh, A.; (2007) 'Synthesis: Rural and Urban Typologies' In: James. A. Walsh (eds). People and Place: A Census Atlas of the Republic of Ireland. Maynooth: NIRSA. [Details]
Walsh. J., Walsh, C.; (2007) 'Cultural Attributes' In: People and Place: A Census Atlas of the Republic of Ireland. Maynooth: NIRSA. [Details]
Walsh. J., Walsh, C.; (2007) 'Economic Status' In: James. A. Walsh (eds). People and Place: A Census Atlas of the Republic of Ireland. Maynooth: NIRSA. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

McInerney, D. & Walsh, C.; (2009) 'Spatial Distribution of Urban Land-Use Change in the Dublin City-region: 1990-2006'. Irish Geography, . [Details]
Walsh, C., Walsh, J.; (2008) 'Demographic and Socio-economic Change in Ireland: A Spatial Perspective'. Scottish Affairs (University of Edinburgh, Scotland), . [Details]

Other Journals

Shahumyan, H. Twumasi,B. O., Convery, S., Foley, R., Vaughan, E., Casey, E. Carty, J., Walsh, C.; (2009) 'Data Preparation for the MOLAND Model Application for the Greater Dublin Region' UCD Urban Institute Ireland Working Paper Series . [Details]
Shahumyan, H., White, R., Twumasi, B., Convery, S., Williams, B., Critchley, M., Carty, J., Walsh, C. & Brennan, M.; (2009) 'The MOLAND Model Calibration and Validation for the Greater Dublin Region' UCD Urban Institute Ireland Working Paper Series . [Details]
Walsh, C.; (2009) 'Demographic Structure and Spatial Change in the Dublin City-Region: 1996-2006' Progress in Irish Urban Studies . [Details]
Walsh, C. & Twumasi, B. O.; (2008) 'The MOLAND Model: Utility and Limitations for Spatial Planning Practice and Research' UCD Urban Institute Ireland Working Paper Series 08/ (02) :1-5. [Details]
Walsh, C.; (2008) 'Strategic Spatial Planning and Governance in the Dublin City-Region' Regions . [Details]

Conference Publications

Walsh C.; (2008) Governance and Spatial Planning in the Dublin City-Region: Developing a Conceptual Framework Looking Beyond One's Nose: Planning, Policies and Institutions for Integration: 2nd AESOP Young Academics Meeting Northwest Academy of Public Administration, St. Petersburg, Russia, [Details]
Walsh, C.; (2007) Demographic Change and Settlement Structure in the Dublin City-region: 1996 - 2006 Demography and Economic Change: The Cases of Ireland and Scotland, Regional Studies Association Conference Glasgow, [Details]
                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

Spatial Planning, Institutional Coordination and Governance

Cormac's Phd research focuses on the practice of spatial planning within the Dublin city-region over the last ten to fifteen years, with a particular emphasis on the capacity for planners within local authorities and other agencies to provide for coordinated spatial development. It is anticipated that this research may go some way towards explaining the current divergence between 'rhetoric and reality' in terms of spatial planning policy and urban development practice.

At a conceptual level, this research intends to explore concepts of institutional and spatial coordination and the intersection between spatial planning practice and other modes of governance. In methodological terms, this research combines both quantitative spatial analysis and qualitative interview-based fieldwork.

Urban Environment Project

Research work for the Urban Environment Project explores the potential of dynamic spatial interaction models for scenario generation in the context of spatial planning. The specific focus of this large interdisciplinary project is to develop and apply the MOLAND model of landcover change to Dublin city-region (study area = Greater Dublin Area + Louth). See http://www.uep.ie for more information.

Spatial Analysis of Census Data

Between 2004 and 2006, Cormac was a member of a team at NUI Maynooth working on spatial analysis and interpretation of small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) from the national Census of Population for the years 2002 and 2006. This research involved detailed statistical and GIS analysis as well as significant interpretative skills in terms of communicating the complexity of the data and the results of the analysis to a diverse audience. This research culminated in the publication of People and Place: A Census Atlas of the Republic of Ireland in 2007.

 

Globalisation and Local Food Networks

Studies and research at Loughborough University explored the concept and discourses of 'globalisation' from the perspective of critical social theory. Primary research for a master's thesis focussed on the geography and politics of local food networks in the context of increasingly globalised food-supply chains. Fieldwork took the form of interviews with local food producers and vendors in Leicestershire, UK.