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Gavan Rafferty

Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development

Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment
Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute
Jordanstown campus
Room 04B06
Shore Road
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB
+44 28 9036 6391
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Gavan Rafferty, BA (Hons.), MSc, MRTPI, FHEA, is a Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development at the School of the Built Environment, and is a member of the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI). Before his lectureship at Ulster University, Gavan had a temporary Lectureship (2007-2009) and was a Research Assistant (2005-2007) at Queen's University Belfast,  and was a Development Control Officer (2004-2005) at the (then) Planning Service in Northern Ireland.

He is completing his doctoral research, in the field of planning and governance, at Queen's University Belfast.  He has a Master of Science (MSc) in Town and Country Planning, with Distinction, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geography from Queen's University Belfast.

Gavan's research interests include: the interplay between community planning (integrated service delivery) and spatial planning (land use development); community engagement and participation; regeneration and urban governance in post-conflict societies/contested spaces; modernisation and reform of planning policy and practice; European and cross-border spatial planning

Gavan is a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and is past Chairperson of the RTPI Northern Ireland Branch (2009-2010).