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Planning theory for progressive planning; Health and the built environment; Social dimensions of the low carbon energy transition; Public participation, activism and equality in planning governance.

1992 …2019

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Personal profile


Dr. Geraint Ellis is a Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment and Director of Sustainable Built Environment at Queen's University, Belfast. He also holds the position of Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, Western University, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragment of the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce (FRSA), the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has been appointed to the Assessment Panel for Unit of Assessment 13 for REF2021. In 2018 he was also appointed by the Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland) to the  National Economic and Social Council (NESC).


His key research interests are in planning and sustainability, renewable energy, planning governance and healthy urban planning. He has published widely on these topics and is a Co-Editor of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjoe20/current, Twitter: @JrlEPP) and a founding member of the Editorial Board of the new Routledge, journal, Cities and Health.


He joined Queen's in 1998, having previously worked for community and environmental organisations in the east end of London (1990-1993), acted as a planning and community development advisor to he Government of Lesotho in Southern Africa (1993-1996) and the Cross River Partnership in central London (1996-1998).


Geraint is active in the Northern Ireland voluntary sector, is currently a Board Director of Belfast Healthy Cities and a founder member of Transition Town Whitehead . He was previously a director of Transport 2000 (NI), Sustainable NI, Community Techncial Aid (now Community Places). He has also provided planning advice to the Traveller Movement (NI) and Friends of the Earth (NI). He also acts as the Irish contact for the International Network of Urban Research and Action ( INURA ), has been an advisor to the Centre for Education in the Built Environment ( CEBE) and a member of the UK's Sustainable Development Panel. He also acts as the National Expert for Ireland on the International Energy Agency's Task 28 Working Group on the Social Acceptance of Wind Energy.


He has been the Course Director for boththe BSc Environmental Planning and the M.Plan in European Planning and previously coordinated the School's Erasmus Programme and other internationalisation initiatives, including an exchange programme with Indian Planning Schools.


You can follow Geraint on Twitter @gellis23

Research Statement

Geraint's research interests lie in the broad field of spatial planning and sustainability, with a particular emphasis on environmental governance, renewable energy, marine spatial planning, environmental justice and equality issues in planning. He has also written and research on pedagogy in planning and environmental education. He has been involved in a range of research projects funded by UK research councils and others, with his most recent projects focussing on renewable energy and the walkability of built environments. 


Geraint is currently the module coordinator for the following:


Planning and Cliamte Change (EVP2009)

City Futures (EVP7040)



He has coordinated a range of other modules and regularly contributes to other modules, including Legal Studies in Planning (EVP3010), Independent Research Project (EVP3011), and Planning Skills and Ethics (EVP8012).


He supervises around 10 undergraduate and Masters students every year on their dissertations and currently has six Ph.D students as supervisees.




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Research Output

Built environment correlates of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in older adults: A comparative review between high and low-middle income countries.

Cleland, C., Reis, R., Hino, A., Hunter, R., Fermino, R., Koller de Paiva, H., Czestschuk, B. & Ellis, G., May 2019, In : Health & Place. 57, p. 277-304 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Catalysing and Characterising Transition EPA Research Report 287

    Ellis, G., Hume, T., Barry, J. & Curry, R., 30 Sep 2019, Environmental Protection Agency. 50 p. (EPA Research Reports)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Environmental Planning after Brexit: Working with the legacy of EU environmental directives

    Cowell, R., Ellis, G., Fischer, T., Jackson, T., Muinzer, T. & Skyes, O., 23 Jan 2019, London: Royal Town Planning Institute. 53 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Older but no wiser – skeffington 50 years on

    Brownill, S., Ellis, G., Inch, A. & Sartorio, F., 10 Apr 2019, In : Town and Country Planning. 88, 3/4, p. 122-125

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Unravelling Persistent Problems to Transformative Marine Governance

    Kelly, C., Ellis, G. & Flannery, W., 24 Apr 2019, In : Frontiers in Marine Science. 15 p., 213.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    229 Downloads (Pure)


    European Planning Studies Prize 2002

    Geraint Ellis (Recipient), 11 Jul 2002

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • QUB Teaching Award 2003

    Geraint Ellis (Recipient), 30 Jun 2003

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    The Good City: Urban Transformation, Comparison and Value

    Geraint Ellis (Participant)
    19 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Memorial University of Newfoundland (External organisation)

    Geraint Ellis (Advisor)
    20 Apr 2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Research Excellence Framework (REF) (External organisation)

    Geraint Ellis (Advisor)
    23 Mar 201831 Dec 2021

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Research consultancy project on 'The Future of Environmental Regulations and Directives under Brexit'

    Richard Cowell (Advisor), Geraint Ellis (Advisor), Thomas Muinzer (Advisor), Thomas Fischer (Member), Olivier Skyes (Member), Anthony Jackson (Member)
    21 Mar 201831 Dec 2018

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

    Global Health Symposium 2018

    Deepti Adlakha (Session chair), Geraint Ellis (Session chair)
    26 Apr 201827 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Engaging communities in renewable energy projects

    Geraint Ellis


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Tales from the Riverbank

    Geraint Ellis


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Building acceptance for renewables - Interview with Geraint Ellis

    Geraint Ellis


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment


    Stakeholder engagement in marine spatial planning

    Author: Ritchie, H., Jul 2011

    Supervisor: Ellis, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy