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Occasional Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin

Dr Owen Douglas is an Occasional Lecturer at the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 with a B.A. (Mod.) in Economic and Social Studies and is a fully qualified planner having obtained a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2009. He also holds a PhD in Planning and Environmental Policy from UCD. His research interests centre on the areas of spatial planning, sustainable development and population health and well-being. His work has been disseminated at a range of international and national conferences and is published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Energy Policy, Cities, Environment International, the Journal of Urban Design, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Dr Douglas was previously employed as the Post-Doctoral Researcher on the Noise-Health project ( which is funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and led by Professor Enda Murphy, and the Eco-Health project ( which was funded jointly by the EPA and Health Service Executive (Ireland) and led by Prof. Mark Scott. He also worked (2014-2016) as a Research Assistant and Post-Doctoral Researcher with Professor Enda Murphy on the OASIS Project, funded by the Irish Research Council.

In his PhD research, Dr Douglas investigated issues of sustainable development and quality of life in the contemporary urban environment. This research was supervised by Dr Paula Russell and Professor Mark Scott and was funded for four years through the UCD PhD Programme in Sustainable Development, an Irish Research Council (IRC) Graduate Research Education Programme.


  • –present
    Post-Doctoral Researcher, Environmental Policy, University College Dublin