Rachael Black: “Co-designing a Shared Future: How Can Children Be a part of the Reimagining of Belfast’s Interfaces?”

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I graduated in 2017 from Queen’s University with a First Class Honours in Environmental Planning after this I continued my studies at Queen’s by doing a MSc in Urban and Rural Design graduating in 2018.
The conflict in Northern Ireland has resulted in legacies of ‘walls’ dividing areas which ironically share similar challenges of disadvantage. My research will explore the views of children who live in interface localities facing deprivation in Belfast. It will analyse children’s perception and usage of interface sites; how they are currently consulted as part of planning and regeneration processes and how different consultation approaches could be utilised to harness the creative potential of the younger generation in the reimagining of interface areas.