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Professor Mark Scott


Mark Scott

School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
01 716 2789
University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy, Planning and Env Policy Belfield Dublin 4


Mark Scott is Professor and Head of Regional and Urban Planning in the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. Mark is a graduate of Queen's University Belfast with a BSc in Environmental Planning, a Diploma in Town Planning and a PhD in Environmental Planning. In addition to planning practice, he has worked in the University of Ulster and Queen's University Belfast before being appointed to UCD in 2002. Mark is a Corporate Member of the Irish Planning Institute and is a member of the Institute's Policy and Research Committee and Climate Action Committee. Mark has held numerous senior leadership roles, including head of school and serving in the management group of the UCD Earth Institute. Mark’s research is focused on the environmental and sustainability dimensions of spatial planning theory and practice, specifically related to rural planning, land-use governance, climate action, green infrastructure and green space, and health and the built environment. He has published extensively in these areas with over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and recently co-edited key rural planning texts including the Routledge Companion to Rural Planning (2019) and Rural Planning & Development (Routledge, 2017). He has received research funding awards of approximately €5 million, with grants from the Irish Research Council, the Royal Irish Academy, the Environmental Protection Agency's ERDTI and STRIVE Programmes, the Health Service Executive, the Heritage Council, Teagasc, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. He has also acted as an advisor/consultant on spatial planning to the Joint Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) Committee for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Northern Ireland Assembly Environment Committee, the OECD, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, and various planning authorities. Mark is an editor of the international journal, Planning Theory & Practice. He also serves on the editorial board of Town Planning Review and is a member of the Regional Studies Association's Publications Committee, which oversees the association's five international peer-reviewed journals. He regularly serves as external examiner for undergraduate/graduate programmes and doctoral theses. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Pisa and the University of New South Wales. With over 20 years of university teaching experience, Mark has taught across a range of topics in planning and environmental policy. He currently contributes to a range of undergraduate and graduate programmes in UCD, including the BSc in City Planning & Environmental Policy, BSc in Landscape Architecture, Masters in Regional and Urban Planning, and MSc Urban Design & Planning. His teaching includes modules on Introduction to Spatial Planning, Rural Change, Development & Planning, Rural & Landscape Planning, and Comparative Planning.


  • Professor in Planning
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2016
  • Assoc Professor in Planning
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland4 Aug 2014 - 1 Aug 2016
  • Head of School
    University College Dublin, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy, Ireland2 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2015
  • Senior Lecturer in Planning
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Jul 2006 - 1 Aug 2014
  • Lecturer in Planning
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2002 - 30 Jun 2006
  • Research Fellow
    Queen's University Belfast, School of Environmental Planning,1 May 2001 - 2 Jan 2002
  • Research Assistant, The Urban Institute
    University of Ulster, The Urban Institute1 Apr 1999 - 31 Jan 2000


  • Research Officer, Economic Development
    Newtownabbey Borough Council1 Feb 2000 - 30 Apr 2001


  • BSc
    Queen's University of Belfast
  • PhD
    Queen's University of Belfast