Dr Gavan Rafferty
Dr Gavan Rafferty, BA (Hons.), MSc, PhD, Pg Cert HEP, FHEA, MRTPI, is a Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development at the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment, a member of the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI), and Course Director for the MSci Planning, Regeneration and Development and PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Community Planning and Governance courses at Ulster University.
Prior to this, he was a Lecturer in Spatial Planning at Queen’s University Belfast, and before joining Queen’s, he worked in the DOE [NI] Planning Service. He received a BA degree in Geography and a MSc degree in Town and Country Planning, with distinction, from Queen’s University, Belfast. Gavan's doctoral research comprised a longitudinal study of ‘contested space’ and ‘shared space’ in Belfast, examining the relationship between ‘people’, ‘place’ and ‘power’. He has recently completed – and coordinated – an ERASMUS+ project (Community Participation in Planning - CPiP) at Ulster University, collaborating with Community Places (UK), the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) to co-design, teach and test different ways of engaging stakeholders in community and spatial planning.
Gavan is Ulster University’s representative on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Community Planning Officers Working Group. He has been a past Chair of RTPI Northern Ireland (2009-2010), having been actively involved in the local Branch since 2003. He assisted with founding the RTPI Northern Ireland Young Planners’ Group (NIYP) and is keen to ensure that it continues to grow and develop into a useful and supportive network for young planning practitioners and academics. He has been instrumental in developing the RTPI – RSPB Northern Ireland Sustainable Planning Awards, of which he was on the judging panel for both 2008 and 2009. He was briefly co-opted onto the Co-ordination Team of the AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning) Young Academics’ Network (YAN) to assist the team.