Stephen McKay

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Personal profile

Interests

Stephen is Head of Planning in the School of Natural and Built Environment and was formerly a Director of Education in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.  He worked as a research assistant at the University of Ulster and as a planner for the Planning Service where he obtained experience in forward planning, development control and planning enforcement. As a member of both the RTPI and IPI he has sat on local and national panels and has been expert adviser to the RTPI Countryside Panel. Stephen was given the RTPI Seedcorn Research Award in 1999 and is a Research Associate of the Institute of Irish Studies.He was appointed as an honorary professor at the East China Institute of Technology in 2008. He has been advisor to the Minister for the Environment/ (subsequently Infrstructure) from 2010 until the collapse of the Assembly. 

Particulars

 

Research specialisms

 

Planning law, Urban Planning, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Built Heritage, Memorialising Space and Place.

 

Administrative and Managerial roles

 

Head of Planning (since May 2016)

 

Director of Education for the Planning discipline (until May 2016)

 

Chair of School Education Committee (until May 2016)

 

Member of School Executive  Board

 

Member of Collaborative Provisions Group

 

Member of Courses and Regulations Group (co-opted)

 

Member of Shenzhen Committee

 

Member of School International Committee (until May 2016)

 

Member of Ethics Committee (until May 2016)

 

 School Marketing Committee

 

Chair of Dscipline Marketing Committee

 

Chair of the Discipline Research Committee

 

Chair of Discipline Teaching Committee

 

Chair of Professional Accreditation Committee

 

Examinations Liaison Officer (10 years until 2014)

 

 

Institute and professional memberships/fellowships

 

  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Irish Planning Institute
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Environmental and Planning Law Association

 

 

Appointments

 

  • External Examiner to University College Cork.
  • Honorary Professor at the East China Institute of Technology.
  • Appointed by the Irish Planning Institute as Inspector of the Dublin Institute of Technology (2013).
  • Appointee to the Transportation Policy Advice Group for the Department for Regional Development (2013 - present).
  • Appointee to the Department of the Environment/Infrastructure Policy Development Team (2013 - present).
  • Advisor to the Minister for the Environment /Infrastructure (2010 - collapse of Assembly January 2017).
  • External Examiner to University of the West of England 2017 - 2022

 

Editor/review editor to planning journals

 

  • Cogent Social Sciences (Editor)
  • Journal of Environmental Management
  • Cities
  • Environment and Planning
  • Town Planning Review
  • Planning Theory

 

 

 

Major Publications in international peer reviewed journals/book publications 

 

2017

Celebrating the Past: Shaping the Future - 50 Years of Planning Education

McKay, S. , Houston, D. and Murray, M., CDS, 148 p.

Research output - Book.

 

Amenity and Special Forms of Development

McKay, S. & Murray, M. 01 Feb 2017 Planning Law and Practice in Northern Ireland. London, p. 58-87 29 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter

Development, planning applications and their determination

McKay, S. & Murray, M. 01 Feb 2017 London: Routledge. 29 p.

Research output: Book/Report › Book

Judicial review in the planning arena

McKay, S., Murray, M. & McVeigh, C. 01 Feb 2017 Planning Law and Practice in Northern Ireland. London, p. 119-147 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter

Planning and professional practice

McKay, S., Murray, M. & McGhee, G. 01 Feb 2017 Planning Law and Practice in Northern Ireland. London, p. 265-271 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter

Progression In planning: regression in enforcement

McKay, S. & McKay, J. 01 Feb 2017 Planning Law and Practice in Northern Ireland. London, p. 109-118 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter

The evolving Northern Ireland Planning system

McKay, S. & Murray, M. 01 Feb 2017 Planning Law and Practice in Northern Ireland. London: Routledge, p. 3-26 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter

Planning Law and Practice in Northern Ireland

McKay, S. & Murray, M. (ed.) 31 Jan 2017 London: Routledge. 282 p.

Research output: Book/Report › Book

Environmental Impact Assessment,

Galway, N. & McKay, S. 02 Feb 2017 Planning Law and Practice in Northern Ireland. London: Routledge, p. 164 176 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)

2016

Civic Engagement and Development Strategies: Learning from the Experience of Participatory Rural Redevelopment

Houston, D., McKay, S. & Murray, M. 2016 Future Directions for the Shrinking City . Neill, W. J. V. & Schlappa, H. (eds.). Routledge, p. 44 - 54 10 p. (RTPI Library Series)

2015

 McKay, S, Murray, M, Macintyre , S & Kashyap, A 2015, 'Evidence-based policymaking and the public interest: lessons in legitimacy' Town Planning Review, vol 86, no. 2, pp. 133-154., 10.3828/tpr.2015.9

 

McKay, S, Murray, M & Macintyre , S 2015, 'Pitfalls in Protection: How Theory Can Enrich Our Understanding of Regulatory Compliance Problems in Planning Practice' International Planning Studies, vol 20, no. 3, pp. 270-291., 10.1080/13563475.2014.985196

 

McKay, S 2015, 'Wind Power Planning: Problems and Perceptions in Practice and Procedure' European Planning Studies, vol 23, no. 1, pp. 166-187., 10.1080/09654313.2013.861804

 

2014

McKay, S 2014, 'Attitudes and Ethics: Evaluating Knowledge and Regulatory Constructs in Planning Enforcement Practice' European Planning Studies, vol 23, no. 3, pp. 616-637., 1080/09654313.2014.884055

 

McKay, S & Murray, M 2014, 'In pursuit of regulatory compliance: a study of planning enforcement structures in Northern Ireland' Town Planning Review, vol 85, no. 3, pp. 387-410., 10.3828/tpr.2014.23

 

2013

Murray, M, Houston, D & McKay, S 2013, 'Memorialisation, tourism and the power of place: looking for Titanic in Washington DC'. in Relaunching Titanic: Memory and Marketing in the New Belfast . Taylor and Francis, pp. 98-108.

 

Houston, D, McKay, S & Murray, M 2013, 'Pilgrim cultures: places, movement and meaning' Paper presented at The Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Hiroshima, Japan, 23/01/2013 - 25/01/2013, pp. 1-14.

 

2012

McKay, S, Murray, M & Houston, D 2012, 'Enforcement Law :Remedies in practice' Paper presented at Ministerial Enforcement Law Summit, United Kingdom, 01/06/2012 - 01/06/2012, pp. 1-44.

 

McAllister, K, Ping Hui, L & McKay, S 2012, 'Evidence and Ethics in Infrastructure Planning' International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, vol 2 , no. 5, pp. 36-49.

 

McKay, S, Murray, M & MacIntyre, S 2012, 'Justice as Fairness in Planning Policy-Making' International Planning Studies, vol 17, no. 2, pp. 147-162., 10.1080/13563475.2012.672798

 

Murray, M, McKay, S & Houston, D, Searching for Titanic in Washington DC, 2012, Web publication/site, Unknown Publisher, ISEP webpages.

 

Murray, M, McKay, S & Houston, D 2012, 'Searching for Titanic in Washington DC' Paper presented at Titanic Remembered: Exploring the Ethics of Memory Construction in the Tourist City, Berlin, Germany, 01/04/2012 - 01/04/2012, pp. 1-16.

 

McKay, S & Macintyre, S 2012, 'Open Space Provision: Making Room for Healthy Lives' Paper presented at Sixth International Annual Planning, Lawand Property Rights Conference, Belfast, United Kingdom, 01/02/2012 - 01/02/2012, pp. 1-18.

 

Rush, D, Macintyre , S, Mc Kay, J & Mc Kay, S 2012, 'Conundrums in Conservation: Complexity in Control' Urban Studies Research, vol 2012, 378326., 10.1155/2012/378326

 

2011

McKay, S 2011, 'Strategic Environmental Assessment' Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, vol 13 (4), pp. 1-13., 10.1080/1523908X.2011.625783

 

McKay, S, Murray, M & Ping Lui, L 2011, 'Pitfalls in Strategic Planning: Lessons for Legitimacy' Space and Polity, vol 15, no. 2, pp. 107-124., 10.1080/13562576.2011.625222

 

Abdelmonem, MG, McKay, S, Hadjri, K & McGarry, M 2011, Local Area Plans: Best Practice Manual. DEHLG, Ireland.

 

McKay, S 2011, 'Road Traffic Noise in Belfast: A Study on Its Mitigation Measures' Paper presented at UMIES, Malaysia, 01/06/2011 - 01/06/2011, pp. 1-8.

 

Houston, D, McKay, S & Murray, M 2011, 'Meanings and places of pilgrimage' Paper presented at Titanic Heritage and Memory Centenary Conference, Belfast, United Kingdom, 01/05/2011 - 01/05/2011, pp. 1-12.

 

McKay, S 2011, 'Places and Meanings of Pilgrimage' Paper presented at Titanic, Heritage and Memory Conference, Belfast, United Kingdom, 01/05/2011 - 01/05/2011, pp. 1-11.

 

McAreavey, R, McKay, S, Sterrett, K & Ellis, G 2011, Planning Bill (4): Implementation, Performance and Decision making: Issues of Capacity, Delivery and Quality. Northern Ireland Assembly .

 

McKay, S, Ellis, G, McAreavey, R & Sterrett, K 2011, Planning Bill (2): Development Management, Planning Control and Enforcement. Northern Ireland Assembly .

 

Ellis, G, McAreavey, R, McKay, S & Sterrett, K 2011, Planning Bill (3): Community Involvement. Northern Ireland Assembly .

 

Sterrett, K, McKay, S, Ellis, G & McAreavey, R 2011, Planning Reform Bill (1): Departmental Functions & Local Development Plans. Northern Ireland Assembly , Belfast.

 

2010

McKay, S 2010, 'Efficacy and ethics: An investigation into the role of ethics, legitimacy and power in planning' Town Planning Review, vol 81, no. 4, pp. 425-444., 10.3828/tpr.2010.10

 

McKay, S 2010, 'Efficacy and ethics in enforcement' Paper presented at RTPI, London, United Kingdom, 01/07/2010 - 01/07/2010, .

 

McKay, S 2010, 'In pursuit of parrhesia: an investigation into knowledge selection in inquisitorial planning practice' Environment and Planning A, vol 42, no. 1, pp. 116-133., 10.1068/a42117

 

2009

Murray, M, Greer, J, Houston, D, McKay, S & Murtagh, B 2009, 'Bridging top down and bottom up: Modelling community preferences for a dispersed rural settlement pattern' European Planning Studies, vol 17, no. 3, pp. 441-462., 10.1080/09654310802618101

 

Murray, M, Houston, D, Keaveney, K, McKay, S & Murtagh, B 2009, 'Regulatory Planning for Economic Development in the Countryside' Town Planning Review, vol 80, no. 2, pp. 201-226., 10.3828/tpr.80.2.5

 

2008

McKay, S 2008, 'SPAN INTERREG' Paper presented at American Planning Association, Las Vegas, United States, 01/05/2008 - 01/05/2008, .

 

McKay, S 2008, 'Hong Kong 10 Years On: A Great Leap Forward?' Paper presented at Inaugural East China Institute-Queens University symposium, Fuzhou, Jiangxi, China, 01/01/2008 - 01/01/2008, pp. 2-17.

 

Houston, D, McKay, S, Murray, M & Murtagh, B 2008, 'Planning, heritage and the memory of war.' Administration, vol 56, No 2, pp. 89-107.

 

Murray, M, Houston, D, McKay, S, Michaux, V, Niarchos, C & Thuriot, F 2008, 'Rescaling territorial development: The 'Pays' in France and Belgium'. in S Leszczycki & T Komornicki (eds), Territorial Dilemmas of Socio-Economic Development in Europe. Geografik.pl, pp. 7-22.

 

Murray, M, Houston, D, McKay, S, Michaux, V, Niarchos, C & Thuriot, F 2008, 'Rescaling territorial development: the Pays in France and Belgium.' EUROPA XXI, vol 18, pp. 7-21.

 

2007

Houston, D, McKay, S, Michaux, V, Murray, M, Niarchos, C & Thuriot, F 2007, 'Rescaling territorial development: the Pays in France and Belgium' Paper presented at Polish Academy and Polish Geographical Society Warsaw Regional Forum 2007, Warsaw, Poland, 01/10/2007 - 01/10/2007, pp. 1-1.

 

McKay, S 2007, Locality and community in rural Northern Ireland:insights from a contemporary survey.Unknown Publisher.

 

McKay, S 2007, 'Contravention and Conformity in EIA: an investigation into regulatory compliance in Northern Ireland' European Planning Studies, vol 15 (1), no. 1, pp. 87-105., 10.1080/09654310601016663

 

McKay, S 2007, 'Complexity and Conundrums in Pollution Control:Improving Effectiveness in Regulatory Compliance' Pleanail, vol 17, pp. 87-101.

 

McKay, S 2007, Data resource booklet for East Down:comprising wards of Kilmore and Derryboy. Everyday issues of rural living.Unknown Publisher.

 

McKay, S 2007, Data resource booklet for the West Loughshore:comprising wards of Washingbay, Killlycolpy, Ardboe and the Loop. Everyday issues of rural living.Unknown Publisher.

 

McKay, S 2007, Data resource booklet for West Tyrone:comprising wards of Glendarg and Clare. Everyday issues of rural living.Unknown Publisher.

 

McKay, S 2007, Legislation and policy affecting agricultural development in the jurisdiction of Northern Ireland, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.Unknown Publisher.

 

2006

McKay, S 2006, An Evaluation of the Issues Approach to Plan Preparation, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.Unknown Publisher.

 

Murray, M & McKay, S 2006, 'The review of public administration in Northern Ireland - reviewing the evidence' Economic Outlook and Business Review, vol 21(1), pp. 47-53.

 

2005

McKay, S 2005, 'Prizes and pitfalls in planning enforcement'. in M McEldowney, M Murray, B Murtagh & K Sterrett (eds), Planning in Ireland and beyond. Queens, pp. 235-249.

 

McKay, S 2005, 'The Governance Of Local Development' Paper presented at Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 46th Annual Conference “Beyond the City Beautiful”, Kansas City, Missouri, United States, 01/10/2005 - 01/10/2005, .

 

Decoster, D, Houston, D, McKay, S, Michaux, V, Murray, M, Murtagh, B, Niarchos, C, Thuriot, F & Walsh, J 2005, 'The governance of local development: a comparative assessment of agaency capacity in north west Europe' Paper presented at 46th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Kansas City, Missouri, United States, 01/10/2005 - 01/10/2005, pp. 1-1.

 

McKay, S & Ellis, G 2005, 'Reparation or retribution: an investigation into regulatory compliance in planning' Environment and Planning A, vol 37(7), no. 7, pp. 1249-1262., 10.1068/a36288

 

McKay, S 2005, Analysis of the Community Regeneration Improvement Special Programme, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.Unknown Publisher.

 

McKay, S 2005, Analysis of the Local Agenda 21 Programme, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.Unknown Publisher.

 

McKay, S 2005, Partnership Governance in Northern Ireland, Spatial Planning Analysis Network.Unknown Publisher.

 

2004

McKay, S 2004, Review of the planning enforcement system. Unknown Publisher.

 

2003

McKay, S 2003, 'Sheriffs and outlaws: in pursuit of effective enforcement' Town Planning Review, vol 74(4), no. 4, pp. 423-443.

 

McKay, S, Berry, J & McGreal, S 2003, 'Planning Enforcement: lessons for practice and procedure' Planning Theory and Practice, vol 4(3), no. 3, pp. 325-344., 10.1080/1464935032000118670

 

McKay, S & Murtagh, B 2003, 'Evaluating the social effects of the EU URBAN Community Initiative Programme' European Planning Studies, vol 11(2), no. 2, pp. 193-211., 10.1080/0965431032000072873

 

McKay, S 2003, 'Urban Regeneration in Belfast'. in C Couch, C Fraser & S Percy (eds), Urban Regeneration in Europe. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 69-84.

Research Statement

Research interests lie in the fields of planning law and planning practice and procedure. He is specifically interested in regulatory compliance and planning enforcement law. Other areas of interest include spatial planning, urban and rural development and contamination.

 

Current research projects

 

Spatial Planning and Networking (SPAN). This is a €4,600,000 project, funded by the European Union under Interreg IIIB and conducted with partners in Ireland, France and Belgium.

 

He is currently preparing a research grant application for situationally based research linking theory to practice.

Teaching

 

EVP2011 Theory and Practice of Develop-ment Management

EVP3010 Planning Law

EVP3013 Infrastructure and Transport

EVP7012 Planning Skills and Ethics

 

 

Contributing to:

 

EVP3003 Field Study

EVP3010 Legal Studies in Planning

EVP3011 Independent Research Project

EVP8019 Researc-based thesis

 

 

 

 

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Amenity and Special Forms of Development

McKay, S. & Murray, M., 01 Feb 2017, Planning Law and Practice in Northern Ireland. London, p. 58-87 29 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Celebrating our Past - Shaping the Future

McKay, S., 18 Dec 2017, CDS. 148 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Development, planning applications and their determination

McKay, S. & Murray, M., 01 Feb 2017, London: Routledge. 29 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Prizes

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Stephen McKay (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Appointment

Queen's Student's Union Education Awards

Stephen McKay (Recipient), 11 May 2015

Prize: Other distinction

student union
education

Royal Town Planning Institute Seedcorn Research Award

Stephen McKay (Recipient), 20 Jan 2000

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

town planning

Activities 2016 2019

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 3 KTP & Consultancy in kind
  • 1 Invited talk

KTP: 3D Interactive Modelling for Planning

Philip Boland (Advisor), Stephen McKay (Advisor)
14 Jan 201914 Jan 2021

Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference

Stephen McKay (Participant)
11 Sep 201713 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

UK Planning Enforcement Conference

Stephen McKay (Participant)
10 Feb 201612 Feb 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Association of American

Stephen McKay (Participant)
30 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Knowledge Exchange Series: Northern Ireland Assembly

Stephen McKay (Member)
29 Jun 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk