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Current funded projects within Research on Property and Planning

Projects currently being researched within RPP

Northern Ireland quarterly house price index

Funder: Progressive Building Society
Duration: 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2018
Staff Involved:
Prof WS McGreal, Prof AS Adair, Dr M Hinch

This is a co-related project to the grant from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on house price, rents and affordability. At the core of the project is the performance of the private housing market in Northern Ireland based on sale prices achieved. The key data requirements are price type, age, size, location and other property characteristics. Output is in the form of a quarterly report, the Northern Ireland Quarterly House Price Index.

Impact of extreme weather on critical infrastructure (INTACT)

Funder: EU: FP7
Duration: 
01 May 2014 – 30 April 2017
Staff Involved:
Dr M McCord; Prof ME Haran; Dr PT Davis; Prof NJ Hewitt; Prof WS McGreal; Dr WJ Rodgers; Dr J Liu; Dr R Bond; Prof Hui Wang; Dr I Haran

Resilience of Critical Infrastructure (CI) to Extreme Weather Events (EWE) is one of the most demanding challenges for both government and society. Extreme Weather (EW) is a phenomenon that causes severe threats to the well-functioning of CI. The increased frequency and intensity of EWEs can cause a range of complex challenges to the operational resilience of CI. The economic and societal relevance of the dependability and resilience of CI is obvious, infrastructure malfunctioning and outages can have far reaching consequences and impacts on economy and society. The cost of developing and maintaining CI is high if it is expected to have a realistic functional and economic life (50+ years). Hence, future EWEs must be taken into account when considering protection measures, mitigation measures and adaption measures to reflect actual and predicted instances of CI failures. The INTACT project addresses these challenges and brings together innovative and cutting edge knowledge and experience culminating in the INTACT decision support system that facilitates cross-disciplinary and cross-border data sharing as well as providing for a forum for evidence based policy formulation.

Inspiring citizens participation for enhanced community policing actions (INSPECT)

Funder: EU: H2020
Duration:
01 May 2015 – 30 April 2018
Staff Involved:
Prof ME Haran; Dr JR Topping; Dr DJ Morrow; Prof C Gormley-Heenan; Dr M McCord; Dr PT Davis; Dr J Byrne; Dr J McCord

A cross-faculty research collaboration between the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI) and the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRISSS) contributed to the highest ranked Horizon2020 proposal within the Secure Societies Programme in 2014. The INSPEC2T project ranked 1st out of total of 150 applications across the secure societies domain. The project scope centres on the development of a sustainable framework for community policing that effectively addresses and promotes seamless collaboration between the police and the community. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of social media with INSPEC2T serving to consolidate and modernise bidirectional communication between stakeholders.

House price, rents and affordability

Funder: Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE)
Duration:  
01 January 2016 - 31 December 2018
Staff Involved:
Prof WS McGreal, Prof AS Adair, Dr M McCord, Dr M Hinch

This project has six main themes all related to different aspects of the Northern Ireland housing market. The first concerns analysing the performance of the private housing market based on sale prices achieved. The key data requirements are price type, age, size, location and other property characteristics. Output is in the form of a quarterly report, The Northern Ireland Quarterly House Price Index. The second aspect is the production of a parallel report based on the asking price of dwellings in Northern Ireland. For the index based on the asking price of dwellings, the research draws on properties advertised through propertynews.com. The key underlying data requirements are the asking price of property, property type, location and other characteristics which reflect those for the index based on sale price. The third aspect of the study is an index of rents in the private rented sector across Northern Ireland which has resulted in the production of a half yearly report on the rental market. Affordability issues are at the forefront of the fourth and fifth strands of the study namely an affordability index based on the ratio of sale prices to incomes and in the rental markets affordability based on the ratio of private sector rents to income. The final element of the study is a GIS mapping tool and a visualization of spatial aspects of the analysis in conjunction with Spatialest.

Holistic approach to resilience and systematic actions to make large scale urban built infrastructure secure (HARMONISE)

Funder: EU: FP7
Duration:
01 June 2013- 31 May 2016
Staff Involved:
Dr PT Davis; Dr I Haran; Dr KE Boyce; Dr M McCord; Prof ME Haran; Dr TJ Hyde; Prof WS McGreal; Dr F Browne; Dr R Bond; Prof Hui Wang; Dr L Galway

This project involves an international consortium of academics, research organisations, large industrial partners and SME's. It aims to address urban resilience challenges, specifically focusing on enhancing the resilience of large scale built infrastructure. HARMONISE will seek to develop comprehensive, holistic resilience enhancement of projects at the planning and design stages right through to ensuring the resilience of established infrastructure. Ultimately, HARMONISE aims to improve the design and planning of urban areas, increasing their security and resilience to new threats.

Community planning and spatial planning in the Irish border region

Funder: Special EU Programmes Body under EU INTERREG IVA
Duration:  
01 August 2014 – 31 December 2014
Staff Involved:
Mr G Rafferty; Prof G Lloyd

This research project explores the interface between land-use planning and community planning in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – with a specific focus on the Irish border region. The purpose of this study is to provide insight on the impetus and essence of different contexts to emerging community planning approaches on the island of Ireland. This research was supported by the Cross-Border Spatial Planning and Training Network (CroSPlaN II) programme managed by the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD), funded by the Special EU Programmes Body under EU INTERREG IVA.

Community participation in planning (CPiP)

Funder: European Union’s (EU) Erasmus+ programme
Duration:
01 January 2015 – 31 December 2016
Staff Involved:
Mr G Rafferty

This is a two-year collaborative project involving Ulster University (UK), Community Places (UK), the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) to explore the concept, application and teaching of participation in planning activities. It is particularly interested in understanding how different communities are able to participate in planning processes that shape how places evolve and how public services are designed and delivered. CPiP is funded through the European Union's (EU) Erasmus+ programme, supporting education and training activities in order to foster quality improvements and innovation across a range of sectors.

Community based comprehensive recovery (COBACORE)

Funder:  EU: FP7
Duration:
01 May 2013 – 30 April 2016
Staff Involved:
Prof ME Haran; Dr M McCord; Dr PT Davis; Prof WS McGreal; Dr L Galway; Prof AJ Moore

The COBACORE project which is focused on improving collaboration between stakeholders and more effectively harnessing the resources and skills of affected communities in the event of a disaster has entered the final year of its commission. The data framework and platform developed by BERI staff in collaboration with the Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI) and Ulster University spin-out company SPATIALEST was tested and evaluated as part of a three-day 'live-exercise' which took place in Weimar Germany on the 26-28th October 2015. Organized by the International Red-Cross and Red Crescent Society in collaboration with the German and Dutch Red Cross the event involved the 'game-simulation' of a real life disaster event with more than 250 volunteer responders and community participants using the COBACORE concept in order to improve resilience and enhance the effectiveness and co-ordination of recovery and reconstruction efforts.

Analysis system for gathered raw data (ASGARD)

Funder: EU: H2020
Duration:
01 September 2016 – 31 August 2019
Staff Involved:
Dr ME Haran; Dr JR Topping; Dr DJ Morrow; Prof C Gormley-Heenan; Dr M McCord; Dr PT Davis; Dr J Byrne; Dr J McCord

ASGARD has a singular goal, contribute to Law Enforcement Agencies Technological Autonomy and effective use of technology. Technologies will be transferred to end users under an open source scheme focusing on Forensics, Intelligence and Foresight (Intelligence led prevention and anticipation). ASGARD will drive progress in the processing of seized data, availability of massive amounts of data and big data solutions in an ever more connected world. New areas of research will also be addressed. The consortium is configured with LEA end users and practitioners "pulling" from the Research and Development community who will "push" transfer of knowledge and innovation. A Community of LEA users is the end point of ASGARD with the technology as a focal point for cooperation (a restricted open source community). In addition to traditional Use Cases and trials, in keeping with open source concepts and continuous integration approaches, ASGARD will use Hackathons to demonstrate its results. Vendor lock-in is addressed whilst also recognising their role and existing investment by LEAs. The project will follow a cyclical approach for early results. Data Set, Data Analytics (multimodal/ multimedia), Data Mining and Visual Analytics are included in the work plan. Technologies will be built under the maxim of "It works" over "It's the best". Rapid adoption/flexible deployment strategies are included. The project includes a licensing and IPR approach coherent with LEA realities and Ethical needs. ASGARD includes a comprehensive approach to Privacy, Ethics, and Societal Impact respecting fundamental rights. ASGARD leverages existing trust relationship between LEAs and the research and development industry, and experiential knowledge in FCT research. ASGARD will allow its community of users leverage the benefits of agile methodologies, technology trends and open source approaches that are currently exploited by the general ICT sector and Organised Crime and Terrorist organisations.