Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Collins, P; Strohmayer, U & Rainey, M
European Planning Studies
Re-framing development inIreland: Making the case for an urban lab approach
Optional Fields
Transformational change; urban labs; development policies; Galway; Ireland; place-based experimentalism
In this paper, we map the evolution of approaches to development in Ireland since the formation of the state. With reference to the current national and international context, we make the case for the adoption of a transformational approach to development in one of Europe’s most centralized countries. We highlight the growing literature on socio-ecological approaches to growth and consider the potential for the development of an urban lab to enable a radical shift in approaches to development in Ireland. The paper shines a light on certain initiatives already underway in Galway, Ireland and posits their culmination in the delivery of an urban lab for the city. In particular, we cite the opportunities afforded by urban labs to better define growth (a more socioecological definition of innovation) and facilitate the co-authoring of development through place-based experimentalism at the local level.
Grant Details
NUI Galway
Structural Funding: Future-proofing the University
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy