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Previous Seminars 2021-22

Seminar 1: Data and Irish towns

1-2pm, Thursday 7 October

  • Dr Karen Keaveney (UCD Agriculture & Food Science): Understanding Data Needs for Participatory Democracy
  • Dr Jennifer Keenahan (UCD Civil Engineering): Wind modelling for pedestrian comfort in the built environment
  • Dr Luke Kelleher (UCD Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy): Mapping town centres

You can watch the talk (opens in a new window)here

Seminar 2: Community participation in design and planning in towns

1-2pm, Thursday 4 November

  • Dr Sarah Cotterill (UCD Civil Engineering) Community participation with water infrastructure
  • Ms Sophia Meeres (UCD Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy) Talking trees: the future forest and public participation 
  • Mr Tim Shea (UCD Masters in Regional and Urban Planning  graduate) A transatlantic comparison of systems of town regeneration

 You can watch the talk (opens in a new window)here

Seminar 3: Just Transition and Irish towns

1-2pm, Thursday 2 December

  • Dr Aparajita Banerjee (UCD Business) Just Transitions and the future of small towns in Irish Midlands
  • Dr Alma Clavin (UCD Geography) Exploring place-based opportunities for Just Transition policy and practice
  • Mr Sean McCabe (TASC - Think tank for Action on Social Change) Just Transition in an Irish context

You can watch the talk (opens in a new window)here

Seminar 4: The border and Irish towns

1-2pm, Thursday 3 March 

You can watch the talk (opens in a new window)here 

Seminar 5: The Life of Towns through the lens of Public Space

1-2pm, Thursday 7 April

  • Chair :  (opens in a new window)Dr. Miriam Fitzpatrick, Assistant Professor at UCD
  • Eleonore Bascoulergue, current student of Masters in Architecture at UCD: her recent research on photography.of Irish Towns.
  • Valerie Mulvin, Architect, author of 'Approximate Formality, Morphology of Irish Towns' (2021),  member of Aosdána, and founder of McCullough Mulvin Architects: the design of Irish Towns and her research journey through mapping and photographs.

Seminar 6: Transformations of life & work in towns

1-2pm, Thursday 5 May

  • Dr Orla Byrne (UCD School of Business): Overcoming challenges of small business
  • John Evoy (General Manager, Grow Remote):  Remote working as a key component of developing towns and town centres in Ireland
  • Stephen Wall (recent master's student in Architecture, Urbanism, and Climate Action, UCD):  The co-benefits of co-working spaces in Irish towns.

Please register on (opens in a new window)Eventbrite.

Contact Centre for Irish Towns (CfIT)

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
E: cfit@ucd.ie