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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 ofm the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce (FRSA) and the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


      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 (, 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 Environmental Governance (EVP8011)

      Institutional and Policy Context of Planning (EVP1014)

      European Languages for Planners (EVP3016)

      Advanced European Planning Studies (EVP4001/4002)

      Independent Research project (EVP4003)


      He has coordinated a range of other modules and regularly contributes to other modules, including Legal Studies in Planning (EVP3010), Independent Research Project (EVP3011), Planning and Sustainable Development (EVP2009) 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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      Frequent Journals

      • Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning

        ISSNs: 1523-908X

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1522-7200


        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.69 SJR 0.822 SNIP 1.116


      • Planning Theory and Practice

        ISSNs: 1464-9357

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1470-000X


        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.79 SJR 0.629 SNIP 0.757


      • Town Planning Review

        ISSNs: 0041-0020

        Liverpool University Press

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.79 SJR 0.614 SNIP 0.706


      • European Planning Studies

        ISSNs: 0965-4313

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-5944


        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.79 SJR 0.976 SNIP 1.196


      • Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

        ISSNs: 0964-0568

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1360-0559


        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.71 SJR 0.798 SNIP 0.926


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