Urban Environment Project


As a large-scale multi-disciplinary research project it is expected that there will be a wide range of outputs and applications developed by the project team.

These will be of interest to four main target groups:

  • Research Community
  • Government Bodies/Local Authorities
  • Professionals working with policy development including spatial planners, policy makers, transport engineers, environmental managers and economists as well as engineers, scientists and geographers.
  • Community groups and the general public.

Key outputs which will engage with the research community will be produced by the thematic groups and will result in a range of research papers, seminars, workshops, conferences and peer reviewed publications as well as a working paper series.

Assessment Tools

Integrating the advances in knowledge and understanding of the thematic work packages a range of assessment tools will be developed. Whilst the questions and problems posed by the specialist teams will be based in an environmental framework the land-use model MOLAND will be the engine room for producing possible outcomes and scenarios to aid visualisation and direct comparison of a selection of infrastructure developments at both regional and local scales.

For example scenario outputs generated by MOLAND will aid the discussion and exploration of different land-use planning scenarios as well as providing new approaches to public participation in decision-making.

Here’s an example of the kinds of questions that will be explored:

  • How will low lying residential land in the Greater Dublin Region be effected by a two degree rise in global temperatures?
  • What impact will the development of the Northern Metro line have on the priority mode of transport that people use in getting to work in north Dublin?
  • Why would higher density residential development improve air quality in Dublin’s city centre?
  • How far does the average citizen of the Greater Dublin Region have to travel to get to a green space in their locale?

Leader: Prof. Frank Convery & Dr. Martin Critchley

Further information on the work packages which link in to the Assessment Tools package can be found on the Downloads page.

In parallel, the Green City work package will bring a very localised view of the affects of development on biodiversity at particular sites around the city.

Capacity Building

The Urban Environment Project is providing a significant impact in fourth level capacity by supporting 5 PhD studentships (three year duration), 2 Masters studentships and a full-time post-doctoral position (two year duration).

In addition, the Capacity Building work package aims to:

  • Prepare and publish a manual showing how MOLAND and the related models work and how to use them
  • Explore the feasibility of offering a Masters Degree in Urban Studies – with modules available from other institutions
  • Convene annual conference
  • Develop a range of short courses – demonstrating hands on use of MOLAND and related models. These will be customised depending on the target group.

Link to Green City

Link to Capacity Building


Green City work package description
Assessment Tools work package description
Capacity Building work package description