The IPI Autumn Conference and the Research Deficit in Planning in Ireland
In his address to the Irish Planning Insitute Autumn Conference, last Thursday (14th October), Gordon Daly, President of the institute stressed the ‘need for a coherent and coordinated research effort at national level’ to suuport evidence-based planning in Ireland. It was argued that there has been a sginficant deficit in this area since the dissolution of An Foras Forbatha in the early 1990s.
At the same time, there is considerable expertise in planning and related matters in academic schools and research institutes in DIT, UCC, UCD, NUI Maynooth and elsewhere. The ESPON programme can potentially make a signficant contribution to bridging this deficit, placing developments in Ireland in the context of wider experience in Europe and providing a link between research and practice. Perhaps it is time to bring all stakeholders together (incl. professional bodies, research institutes, DoEHLG) to create a dialogue on applied planning research in Ireland and to ensure that research efforts are coordinated and effective?
All comments and suggestions are welcome.