NCSG to participate in webinar with Irish Universities

Prof. Gerrit Knaap will participate in the following webinar with ICLRD, NCSG’s Irish research partner organization.
When: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 15:30 to 16:45
Hosted by ICLRD together with  Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI)

With the COVID-19 induced interruption to work patterns, and the enforced switch to home / remote working, we have witnessed a significant reduction in the need to commute to work. While it is still not clear to what extent these disruptions are temporary, permanent or still evolving, a two-year research programme by ICLRD is interrogating the relationships between people and places and exploring the role of commuting in shaping those relationships.
Using a case-study approach, this webinar will explore emerging findings from the ICLRD’s InPLACE: Investigating Place Planning and Commuting study. Focusing on a number of towns across the island of Ireland, this webinar will consider the implications of commuting (pre-COVID) and telecommuting (during COVID) for individuals, their families and communities of place. The study’s findings will have relevance across a wide range of policy domains, many of which are within the remit of local authorities, and all of which directly influence local places, including in respect of health, housing, environment, community development, social policy, transportation and spatial planning.

Event Programme

Moderator: Prof. Gerrit Knaap, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning & Executive Director, National Center for Smart Growth Research, University of Maryland

Welcome from ICLRD Chair: Ms. Mary MacIntyre OBE

The Changing Spatial Relationship Between Home and Workplace – An Evolving Narrative: Prof. Des McCafferty, Senior Research Associate ICLRD & Project Lead, InPLACE: Investigating Place, Planning and Commuting
Creating Vibrant and Thriving Towns in Commuter Belts: What Role for planning? Learnings from Ennistymon-Lahinch, Co. Clare, Dr. Karen Keaveney, Head of Rural Development and Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science & Dr. Brendan O’Keeffe, Director, O’Keeffe and Associates and Senior Research Associate, ICLRD.


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