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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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Projects 2001 2019

Research Output 1992 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

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

population density
Population Density
research focus

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 Protection Agency
Sustainable development

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
environmental directive
environmental planning
environmental legislation
European Union

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
public participation
1 Citation (Scopus)

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
holistic approach
marine ecosystem
marine environment


European Planning Studies Prize 2002

Geraint Ellis (Recipient), 11 Jul 2002

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

national minority
environmental planning
environmental management

QUB Teaching Award 2003

Geraint Ellis (Recipient), 30 Jun 2003

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

environmental planning

Activities 1998 2018

academic reference group of the WINDPLAN project (Event)

Geraint Ellis (Advisor)
01 Jun 201801 Jun 2021

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

Memorial University of Newfoundland (External organisation)

Geraint Ellis (Advisor)
20 Apr 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

Cities and Health (Journal)

Geraint Ellis (Peer reviewer)
20 Feb 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

PhD External Examiner, NUI Galway

Geraint Ellis (Examiner)
01 Apr 201830 Apr 2018

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Press / Media