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Assoc Professor Brendan Williams

Assoc Professor

Brendan Williams

Associate Professor
School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
01 716 2765
University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy, Planning and Env Policy Belfield Dublin 4


Brendan Williams lectures in Urban Development, Urban Economics and Comparative Planning systems at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin. His principal research themes are urban development and policy frameworks in Ireland and internationally and applied research on the role of property markets in economic development. He was Deputy Head of the Geography Planning and Environmental Policy school at UCD from 2007-2010. He is currently Director of the Urban Environment Research Project at University College Dublin and has taught and researched at a number of universities in North America and Europe for over 20 years. Dr. Williams is Affiliate Professor to the National Center for Smart Growth at University of Maryland U.S. since February 2015. In addition from February 2011-2015 Brendan was Visiting Professor and Visiting Scholar to the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston. He has published approximately 100 scientific papers and edited/co-authored 6 books on various aspects of planning and development in Ireland and internationally. (For more publications click here) In 2015 he was appointed as Evaluator/Reviewer for EU Joint Research Council Consolidator Grants in the areas of Environment, Space and Population. Brendan has mentored and participated in committees for over 20 doctoral students; including acting as external examiner for universities including Trinity College Dublin, UCC, University of Ulster and University of Barcelona. His work has been featured by both national and international media including RTE, BBC,Deutsche Welle and the Washington Post. (click here for links to media pieces). He has also extensive experience in professional consultancy and commercial research in urban development issues for a wide range of clients including the IMF, Government Agencies, Financial and Property companies. For a full biography please click here.


  • BSc
    Trinity College Dublin
    Royal College of General Pract
  • MA
    Trinity College Dublin
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin


  • French
    Can read and understand
  • Irish
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • German
    Can read and understand