Jeanette Fitzsimons

BA MRUP MSc(Urban Design)


Jeanette has a BA (Geography and English) from UCC, a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning from UCD and a Masters of Science (Urban Design) from UCD. She is a corporate member of the Irish Planning Institute.

Jeanette has over ten years’ professional experience working as a senior urban designer and senior urban planner in multi-disciplinary consultancies in both Ireland and New Zealand and she joined the Centre for Planning Education and Research as a Lecturer in November 2017. 

Jeanette's professional work included researching medium density housing for both the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment and for the Queenstown and Lakes District Council. She has worked on the redevelopment designs of Christchurch City and surrounding towns following the devasting earthquakes in 2011. She has presented expert evidence at New Zealand Environment Court, Council Hearings and Mediation meetings. Jeanette has experience in facilitating public consultation workshop and events in New Zealand and in Ireland.

In Ireland, Jeanette's experience includes preparation planning applications and Environmental Impact Statements for Docklands, mixed use and retail projects. She was in a team who prepared recreational needs studies for Limerick and Galway.

Jeanette's teaching and research interests include: Participatory Planning and public consultation, Urban Design, Placemaking, Development Management Skills, Studies of International Planning Practices, Sports facility and park provision and the temporary use of spaces for placemaking. 

Jeanette is also on the staff of the UCC Department of Applied Social Studies. 

Centre for Planning Education & Research

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