The research aims to better understand the link between development, land-use change and associated economic and environmental impacts within urban regions. The group is based at UCD (formerly UCD Urban Institute Ireland) and originated with academic partners in TCD and NUI Maynooth as well as a specialist GIS company, ERA-Maptech to undertake work funded by the EPA. It included collaboration with the local authorities in the Greater Dublin Region.The synthesis report for the project is available to download here.
At the core of the original project is MOLAND a land-use computer model which includes socio-economic and demographic information. The original UEP focused on 6 themes; air quality, urban transport, biodiversity, climate change, urban sprawl and the green city. Dr Shahumyan leads the modelling and geospatial analytic tasks of the team. A successful example of generating innovative modelling solutions to real world problems was achieved in an application of the MOLAND model, which formed an important part of the latest review of the Regional Planning Guidelines. The generated maps and web applications are available in the UEP Online Map Gallery.
Whilst the project focuses on the Greater Dublin Region we welcome interactions with our European colleagues and expect that our research experience will be of interest to policy makers, scholars and practitioners across Europe and further afield.
More details and the project outcomes are available at the UEP website.