January 19, 2012

7th ICLRD conference: Planning for a New Future

Download the programme
Download the programme

The International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) held its Seventh Annual Conference on 19-20 January 2012 in the border town of Dundalk, County Louth.  The theme of this two-day event was Planning for a New Future: Can Planning and Cross-Border Cooperation Deliver Change in Ireland and Europe? The conference was organised as part of our CroSPlaN Initiative that is funded by the Special EU Programmes Body under the INTERREG IVA Programme.

The island of Ireland faces many challenges due to the severe downturn in the world economy, stagnant development and the legacy of over a decade of sometimes ill-planned development. These challenges have knock-on implications for cross-border cooperation, sustainable development and engaging local authorities, businesses and residents in shaping their communities.

The Seventh Annual ICLRD Conference considers models of collaboration across borders and between local government and other key local agencies.  Both presenters and delegates alike are being asked to identify workable new approaches to planning and the delivery of services.  The conference was organised around three main sessions:

  • The Collaborative Framework: Cross-Border Regionalism in Action – the role of new regionalism in enhancing cooperation within functional regions.
  • Leadership through Planning: Demonstrating Leadership in Achieving the ‘Common Good’ – debating the role of communities, the private sector, and planners in learning from the past and planning a new future.
  • Planning the Future: Rethinking the Role of Planning, Governance and Community – bringing together delegates and speakers to consider the role and future of planning and local and regional development and the opportunities and implications of emerging EU agendas on policy and practice.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof. Allan Wallis, University of Colorado;
  • Prof. Karina Pallagst, Department of International Planning Systems, Kaiserslautern University of Technology, Germany;
  • Prof. Mary Corcoran, NUI Maynooth;
  • and Ms. Alice Charles, Alice Charles Planning;
  • Mr. Vincent Goodstadt, Honorary Professor with the School of Environment and Development,
  • University of Manchester; and
  • Sir Roy McNulty CBE, Chairman, ILEX Regeneration Company.

In addition to representatives from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government in Dublin and the Department of Environment in Belfast, Mr Colin Wolfe from the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Regional Policy joined us in the closing session. On the evening of January 19th, Frank McDonald of the Irish Times launched the next issue of Borderlands, The Journal of Spatial Planning in Ireland.

If you have attended our conferences in the past, you will know how we strive to make the conference of interest to a diverse audience – namely policy-makers, regional and cross-border agencies, planners, local government officials, private sector representatives, elected officials, community development agencies and academics. Our events are recognised for their thought-provoking speakers and the opportunity for discussion, debate and networking around the key issues of strategic spatial planning and local development both on the island of Ireland and elsewhere.

If you have any queries, please contact Eimear Donnelly, eimear.donnelly@qub.ac.uk, ICLRD Events Coordinator at +44 (0) 28 3751 1550 (048 from Republic of Ireland).

Download a copy of the programme and the conference audio and presentations.

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