Dr Ken Sterrett has been a lecturer in Planning and Urban Design at Queen’s University Belfast since 1994. He previously worked in professional practice as a senior planner and was an advisor to the Belfast Action Teams on a number of peace-line projects. Ken was a member of the Wales Spatial Plan Management Board and is currently an expert advisor to the Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment. He also acted as an advisor to the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Environment Committee during their consideration of new planning legislation.
Ken was a founder Director and Chair of the Forum for an Alternative Belfast and has been a co-investigator at Queen’s on a number of major EU funded action-research projects which focused on spatial reconciliation.
Dr Milena Komarova is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast.
Her research focuses on the role of the built environment and regeneration in urban conflict transformation. Milena has published on urban borders in post-socialist cities and on ‘shared space’, territoriality and regeneration in Belfast. She has a particular interest in the use of visual and mobile methodologies in conflict research.
Claire Hackett has been doing grassroots conflict resolution work in Belfast for the last fifteen years. She helped set up Falls Community Council's oral history archive Duchas, about the experience of the conflict in working class communities across Belfast. She has worked with other practitioners to develop ethical principles for storytelling and narrative work.
Claire has been deeply involved in policy development around dealing with the legacy of the conflict and in bringing a gender lens to this work. Much of her work involves working across political divisions.
Mark Hackett is an architect and former director of Forum for Alternative Belfast. He has won a number of national and international awards in architecture and he brings this recognised skill to the work and analysis of City Reparo.
In Forum he led a series of restitching plans for the city of Belfast and is currently on a government panel looking at connections through a city motorway interchange. Mark has studied in depth the impact of road engineering and its effects on communities in the city with deep historical and political divisions. His work concentrates on creating walkable streets and restoring or creating connections. Mark also runs his own practice in architecture where he specialises in public buildings and programmes.
Jayne Bassett is an architect and former lecturer in planning and urban design. She practiced architecture in Scotland, Sweden and Australia before returning to Northern Ireland.
She has many years experience in working across disciplines and built environment professions. She is interested in empowering communities in the urban design process and is passionate about engaging children and young people; employing visual and three dimensional communication to create dialogue. Jayne has worked closely with divided communities on many projects in Belfast, Dublin and Glasgow.
Chris has worked in the Urban Planning Department in Amsterdam after completing his Masters in Architecture and Urbanism at the Delft University of Technology. He moved to the United Kingdom to work as a researcher in urban studies at Queen’s University Belfast.
His interests are in urban regeneration and transformation, social inequality and mobility.
His PhD research at Queen’s University is focusing on the links between spatial networks and social mobility, as well as their relevance for conflict resolution.
Clare is an architect and researcher, having previously worked in Hopkins Architects in London and in Todd Architects Belfast. Her practice experience includes education, community, residential, and commercial sector work. She is currently engaged in community sector projects in architectural practice while completing a PhD in research which focuses on city planning, architecture and inter-group contact of divided societies. Her research areas of interest include, architectural design and planning in contested societies, spatial practices, socio-spatial integration, intergroup mixing and community participation in the design process.