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Speaker Biographies: Regeneration 16 Adapting to new realities

Human settlement in  an uncertain climate

Friday 9th December 2016, St. Laurence’s, DIT Grangegorman Lower

Ciarán Cuffe is an architect and  town planner. He chairs the MSc Programme in Urban Regeneration and Development at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a city councillor for Dublin’s North Inner City and chairs Dublin City Council’s Transport Committee. Previously he was a Green Party Minister with responsibility for planning and sustainable transport. He co-organised this regeneration conference with his colleague Dr. Deiric Ó Broin.

Dr. Paul Horan is Head of Campus Planning, Dublin Institute of Technology. After completing a Ph D Paul spent 7 years in research with the Japanese company, Hitachi. In 1997 he joined DIT as a Head of Department in Physics. He is working  full time within the campus planning office of DIT, working on all aspects of planning the relocation of the Institute to a single campus at Grangegorman.

Dr. Philip Lawton is a lecturer in Geography at Maynooth University. He is  interested in the relationship between society, urban space and everyday life within cities. He has published on sub-themes including urban public space, culture, creativity and the city and urban policy formation. His recent research focused on examining the relationship between policy discourses, ideals of urban sustainability and the aftermath of the global financial crisis in Dublin. Between 2014 and 2016 he lectured in Geography at NUI Galway, part of which involved carrying out research on behalf of NESC on urban sustainability. From 2012 until 2014, he was a Lecturer in Culture and Urban Development within the Centre for Urban and Euregional Studies, within The Department of Technology and Society Studies at Maastricht University. His  PhD (Trinity College, Dublin) examined the relationship between planning ideals and public space.

Jim Keogan, Former Assistant Chief Executive (Planning and Development), Dublin City Council. A qualified town planner, Jim has worked as a practising Urban Planner for over 25 years. Before moving into management Jim was involved in area regeneration. In addition to managing day to day operations of the Planning & Development Department, Jim had responsibility for conservation and property management.


Patrick Lydon is a co-worker in Camphill Community Callan, committed to inclusive initiatives in the arts, housing and rural community. Mark Dwan,is a social entrepreneur in the fields of renewable energy, housing and community development. Rosie Lynch is a curator with Callan Workhouse Union, focusing on creative approaches to the built environment and rural futures.

Nimble Spaces is a collaborative initiative between Camphill Community, Callan, and Callan Workhouse Union, toward realizing new cultures of inclusive housing. Beginning with an Enabling Design Process, the project has received Department of Environment funding to establish 16 single person homes for people with support needs in mixed neighbourhoods with cooperatively owned homes. Engaging with human rights, active citizenship and cultural participation as key elements in social regeneration, the project has evolved community experience toward actual realization of “housing the social”. Three speakers will briefly present different layers of the project.  

Clare McKeown was appointed Sustainable Development Manager with Belfast City Council in 2001 and worked directly for the Chief Executive mainstreaming sustainable development policy and practice throughout the Council. In 2004 she was seconded to Whitehall to establish the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), a high level policy advisory body in Northern Ireland. While at Stormont she chaired a number of working groups including the Green New Deal group, on Employment, Training and Skills. Clare returned to Belfast City Council in 2011 and is currently working within the Smart City team on renewable energy, e-transport, waste and infrastructure challenges. She led Belfast’s first successful Innovate UK funded Future City project and was actively involved in the City’s recent successful Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities bid. She currently sits on a number of advisory boards, including Business in the Community and is Vice Chair of the NI Sustainable Development Forum.She was recently awarded City Ambassador status by Visit Belfast.

Brid McGrath  is Head of Social Policy and Research for Respond! Housing. Previously, she worked in Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and as ministerial adviser in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. After Government, she worked for the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome and for Amnesty International at home. Bríd studied History and Political Science in Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Barry McMullin is Executive Dean of the DCU Faculty of Engineering and Computing. He graduated with a BE (Electrical Engineering) degree from University College Dublin in 1980. He worked in industry for a number of years and then joined the School of Electronic Engineering of Dublin City University in 1987. He has served in many different academic roles in the university and has an extensive record of scholarly publication. He is currently affiliated with the DCU Energy and Design Lab where he is focused on systems approaches to deep decarbonisation. Outside DCU, Prof. McMullin recently completed a two year term as Chair of the An Taisce Climate Change Committee (and member of the main Board of An Taisce). He continues as an ordinary member of the committee.

Professor Brian Norton is President of the  Dublin Institute of Technology. He  is an internationally renowned academic and author, principally in the field of solar energy. He has authored numerous books and research papers, which have been cited extensively. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering. Originally qualified as a physicist at University of Nottingham, Professor Norton gained doctorates in engineering from Cranfield University and the University of Nottingham.  He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, Engineers Ireland, the UK Higher Education Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the chartered Institute of building Services Engineers (CIBSE).  He is an Honorary Professor at University of Ulster, Harbin Institute of Technology and Begin Wazi in China, and University of Houston, USA.

Dr. Deiric Ó Broin is the Director of NorDubCo, a regional think tank based in Dublin City University. or some years previously he was employed as an economic policy analyst in the private sector. He is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology, National College of Industrial Relations, UCC where he obtained a MBS, and UCD, where he completed a MA and PhD. He is a full member of the Institution of Economic Development, the professional body for those involved in economic development policy, the Regional Studies Association, the international learned society concerned with analysis of regions and sub national issues. He has written a number of articles on local governance and local development in Ireland, and is the co-author of Local Dublin, Global Dublin; Politics, Participation & Power; and Adapting to Climate Change: Governance Challenges which are both published by Glasnevin Publishing. He co-organised this regeneration conference with his colleague Ciarán Cuffe.

Terry Prendergast is Chief Planner with the Grangegorman Development Agency.

She is also a Lecturer in Planning with the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Dublin Institute of Technology, where she has lectured for over 20 years. She has wide ranging academic and professional experience as a planner and has worked for a number of organisations in Ireland and abroad  including An Bord Pleanala, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, and various planning authorities. She has been responsible for all aspects of planning for the Grangegorman Development. As part of her responsibilities, she has steered the Grangegorman Planning Scheme, 2012, through the statutory planning process. She is now working on delivering the Grangegorman development as well as continuing to lecture.

Gert Jan te Velde is one of Vanschagen Architecten’s three owners, an architectural firm, focusing on research, design and building of urban restructuring within The Netherlands. Gert Jan te Velde is responsible for the research and advising department; he has done many studies and designs for building and neighbourhood renewal. He has also published several articles and books, among which “De bestaande stad als uitdaging; de methode Van Schagen” 2009 (the existing city as a challenge; the method Van Schagen).  In 1990 Gert Jan te Velde graduated at the Technical University Delft, specializing in Social Housing. He then worked for the city council of Voorburg (1990-1992) and the Stichting Van na de Oorlog (1992-1993), a foundation which focuses on problems and solutions for post-war neighbourhoods. He has been working at Vanschagen Architecten since 1993. He is a member of national and international juries and lectures at universities in Europe. Since 2012 he is also supervisor in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, a post-war neighbourhood.

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