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Dr. Cian O'Callaghan

Associate Professor (Geography)

I am an Associate Professor in Urban Geography with the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin. I joined the Geography Department in 2016. Prior to joining Trinity, I worked at Maynooth University between 2008 and 2016. At Maynooth I held the positions of Lecturer in Geography and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA). I hold a PhD from University College Cork (2009).
  Cultural Geography   DUBLIN   Economic Geography   experimental urbanism   HOUSING   human geography   IRISH HOUSING SYSTEM   Political Geography   URBAN   Urban Geography   Urban Planning/Policy   Urban Studies
 Rethinking urban vacancy: : Addressing the challenge of underutilised land through innovative policy solutions
 Co-living and the housing crisis: a comparative critical analysis
  ESPON Ensure (European Sustainable Urbanisation through port city Regeneration)
 Alternate urbanisms: an international comparative study
 The new urban ruins: Vacancy and the post-crisis city

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Member Central Statistics Office Housing Statistics Working Group 2020
External examiner, Rachel McArdle, PhD programme Geography Department, Maynooth University 2019
Chair of 2021 Conference of Ireland Geographers (postponed from 2020) 2019
External examiner, Joanne Ahern, PhD programme in Urban Studies, Gran Sasso Science Institute, l'Aquila, Italy. 2017
Honorary President, TCD Geography Society 2017
International review board, Aigne: An online postgraduate journal of arts, Celtic studies and social sciences 2011-
Administrator, Ireland after NAMA, public geographies blog 2010-
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CSO Housing Statistics Working Group 2020 Present
Geographical Society of Ireland 2013 Present
Association of American Geographers 2009 Present
No Soft Landing for the Suburbs: Credit, Debt and the fracturing of the Suburban Dream in Ireland in, editor(s)Anaker, K and Maginn, P. , What's Wrong with Suburbia: From Dreamscapes to Nightmares, London, Advances in Sociology Series, Routledge. , 2022, [Redmond, D and O'Callaghan, C], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Housing and Vacancy in, editor(s)Sirr, Lorcan , Housing in Ireland: Beyond the Markets, Dublin, Institute of Public Administration, 2022, [O'Callaghan, Cian; Stokes, Kathleen], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Cian O'Callaghan, Cian O"Callaghan, The permanence of temporary urbanism: Normalising precarity in austerity London, by Mara Ferreri, Journal of Urban Affairs, 2022, p1--3 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Callaghan, C; Di Feliciantonio, C , The New Urban Ruins: Vacancy, urban politics, and international experiments in the post-crisis city, Bristol, Policy Press, 2021, Book, PUBLISHED
Postpolitics and Post-Truth in, 2020, [O'Callaghan, C], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Di Feliciantonnio, C, O'Callaghan, C, Struggles over property in the 'post-political' era: Notes on the political from Rome and Dublin, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Callaghan C, and McGuirk, PM , Situating financialisation in the geographies of neoliberal housing restructuring: reflections from Ireland and Australia, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Streamers (Spotify) in, editor(s)Graham, M., Kitchin, R., Mattern, S. and Shaw, J. (eds) , How to Run a City Like a Company and Other Fables, Oxford, Meatspace Press, 2019, pp955 - 1034, [O'Callaghan, C], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
O'Callaghan, Cian, Promises of the Political: Insurgent Cities in a Post Political Environment, Housing, Theory and Society, 2019, Review, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gilmartin, M; Wood, P.B., O'Callaghan, C., Borders, mobility and belonging in the era of Brexit and Trump, Policy Press, 2018, Book, PUBLISHED

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Kathleen Stokes, Cian O'Callaghan, Maedhbh Nic Lochlainn, Urban vacancy in Ireland: Addressing recent responses and opportunities, Trinity College Dublin & Dublin City Council, 2023, p1 - 86, Notes: [This is the second report from the project `Rethinking Urban Vacancy (RUV): Addressing the Challenge of Underutilised Land through Innovative Policy Solutions". This is is a research project supported by the Irish Research Council"s COALESCE fund and run in collaboration with Dublin City Council. Running between 2019-2021, it sought to enhance critical and applied understanding of how urban vacancy in Ireland is categorised and measured, as well as its underlying structural and contextual causal factors. Further information can be found at: research-project/], Report, PUBLISHED
Kathleen Stokes and Cian O'Callaghan, Taking stock of Dublin's vacant sites and properties: A review of existing policies and measures, Trinity College Dublin, 2021, Notes: [This report was produced as part of the IRC funded Rethinking Urban Vacancy Project. The report was produced in collaboration with policy partner the Dublin Housing Observatory and also informed by a policy round table with key stakeholders. The report synthesises current measurements and policy approaches to urban vacancy and includes policy recommendations ], Report, PUBLISHED
Xavier Le Den, Samy Porteron, Elisa Colaiacomo, Henning Thoms, Maurizio Carta, Daniele Ronsivalle, Barbara Lino, Niamh Moore-Cherry, Aoife Delaney, Eoin O'Mahony, Cian O'Callaghan , ENSURE (European Sustainable Urbanisation through port city Regeneration Final Report, Luxembourg, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Niamh Moore-Cherry, Aoife Delaney, Eoin O'Mahony and Cian O'Callaghan, ENSURE (European Sustainable Urbanisation through port city Regeneration Annex 4.4 Case Study Report:Cork City (IE), Luxembourg, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
O'Callaghan, C, Crisis ruins and their resolution: Ireland's property bubble ten years on, Working Notes, 82, 2019, p6-12 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O'Callaghan, C. and Gilmartin, M, Ireland: Borders and borderlines, Soundings: A journal of politics and culture, 64, 2016, p64 - 70, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Hague, C, Ursa, J, Crawford, J, Wojnar, K, Biot, V, Nielson, M, Cassiers, T, Mladenov, M, Kyvelou, S, Walsh, C, O'Callaghan, C, Daly, G, Prezioso, M, D'Orazio, Groza, O, Stoleriu, O, Bartol, B , ESPON - INTERSTRAT: ESPON in integrated territorial strategies. Final Report Version , 2012, Report, PUBLISHED
O'Callaghan, C., Haunted Landscapes (Introduction to 'Settlement' by Anthony Haughey), Source: The Photography Review, 65, 2011, p33 - 33, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kitchin, R, Gleeson, J, Keaveney, K, O'Callaghan, C, A Haunted Landscape: Housing and Ghost Estates in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, NIRSA working paper No. 59, 2010, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Curran, D, O Callaghan, C, Ancien, D, Van Egeraat, C, McCafferty, D, Gleeson, J, Bartley, B , 'Dublin Case Study'. In: Harding et al. (2010) The Case for Agglomeration Economies in Europe (CAEE), ESPON Final Report, Luxembourg, 2010, Report, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Appointed to scientific advistory panel for 'Data Stories: Telling Stories about and with planning and property data" ERC project (PI: Prof Rob Kitchin) 2022
Elected to Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2022
Provost Excellence in Teaching Award Shortlist Certificate 2020
Appointed as Chair of the 2020 Conference of Irish Geographers (posponded to 2021) 2019
Nomination as Honorary President of the Dublin University Geographical Society for 2017/18 2017
Recommended for Accelerated Advancement above the Merit Bar following the Junior Academic Progressions Call 2017
Appointed as international collaborator on AGORA project (based on IGOT Lisbon University) 2016
Trinity College New Lecturers Start-up Grant (€10,000) 2016
College Scholar University College Cork 2004
UCC Geography PhD bursary (€10,000) 2003
College Scholar University College Cork 2003
My research is within urban and cultural geography. I have an established track-record of excellence in publication, attracting research funding, and policy impact. I have developed strong thematic expertise in i) political economy of urban regeneration projects; ii) critical housing studies and; iii) cultural imaginaries/creative engagements in urban spaces. For the past decade, I have explored these topics through contestations over the meaning and (re)use of urban vacant spaces. My research is theoretical and empirical, addressing key questions of housing justice, urbanisation, and critical studies of ruination and vacancy. I have been PI on successful research grants, including three prestigious IRC research grants. In 2022 my significant innovative contributions to geography and beyond was recognised by election to Fellowship.