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Dr. Conor Skehan on Dublin at the Crossroads

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About this Event

09 Jul 2009

Dublin at the Crossroads: Prospects for the Development of a ‘Greener’ Dublin

Dr. Ela Krawczyk's speech

About the Speech:

Dr. Ela Krawczyk and Dr. Conor Skehan presented the recently published report, “Dublin at the Crossroads: Exploring the Future of the Dublin City Region”, a study jointly undertaken by The Futures Academy, Dublin City Council and Dublin Chamber of Commerce. The report examines in rich detail how Dublin might evolve over the next 20 years. By applying a ‘futures approach’, this fascinating report identifies what futures are possible, probable, and preferable for the Dublin region and outlines specific policy actions and recommendations - such as the creation of an Emissions Trading Institute and a Green Taxis plan - to meet the various threats and challenges, and promote sustainable development.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Ela Krawczyk is Head of The Futures Academy, an applied research and strategic consultancy organisation established in January 2003 to promote a fresh and more effective approach towards long-term planning. It is located in the Faculty of Built Environment at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland. Through the application of futures thinking methods, the Academy aims to promote new ways of exploring and preparing for the future. Dr. Krawczyk is also former Assistant-Secretary of the World Futures Studies Federation.

Dr. Conor Skehan is Head of the Environment and Planning Department in the School of Spatial Planning at DIT. As Managing Director of a number of environmental consultancies, Dr Skehan has practiced, lectured and published on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) within the planning system since 1989, advising the public and private sectors on the practicalities of assessment, decision-making and their integration with strategic and land-use planning. At DIT, he is now involved in assisting in the implementation of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Ireland through the provision of training and guidance for agencies and planning authorities as well as collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency in the establishment of good practice in SEA.

Theme: Energy and Climate Change 

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