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Dr Michael Lennon


Michael Lennon

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
01 716 7777
University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy, Planning and Env Policy Belfield Dublin 4


I was appointed as a Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Policy in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy in June 2015. Prior to this I was a Lecturer in Spatial Planning in Cardiff University. I was awarded tenure in 2018. I hold both a PhD in Environmental Policy and Planning and an MSc in City and Regional Planning from Cardiff University. I also hold both an MA in Geography and a BA in Geography and English Literature from University College Cork. I am a Corporate Member of both the Irish Planning Institute and the Royal Town Planning Institute. I was a practicing town planner prior to entering academia. This included several years working in the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally in policy formulation and development management roles. My research interests centre on interpretative analysis. I am particularly interested in how the meaning-making process influences approaches to environmental policy and planning. Substantively, my research focuses on issues concerning nature, energy transitions, sustainability planning and the philosophies of professional practice. I welcome contact from potential PhD candidates interested in these research themes, as well as from those interesting in the interpretive analysis of environmental policy and planning debates more broadly.


  • Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Policy
    University College Dublin1 Jun 2015
  • Lecturer in Spatial Planning
    Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom2 Jun 2014 - 31 May 2015
  • Research Fellow
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Apr 2013 - 29 Aug 2014


  • Senior Planner
    Cunnane Stratton Reynolds, Ireland5 Feb 2007 - 1 Sep 2009
  • Resources Consents Planner
    Auckland City Council, New Zealand1 Jun 2005 - 1 Aug 2006
  • Planning Consultant
    Tom Phillips + Associates, Ireland2 Sep 2002 - 17 Dec 2004


  • BA
    University College Cork
  • MA
    University College Cork
  • MSc
    University of Wales Cardiff
  • PhD
    University of Wales Cardiff
  • Prof Cert University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin