The Dublin Region is situated to the east of Ireland and occupies an area of 92,200 hectares. The Region is located on the coast, bordered by low mountain ranges to the south and farmland to the west and north. It is situated at the mouth of the River Liffey and experiences a maritime climate with mild winters, cool summers and little in way of temperature extremes. The city is famous for its music, literature and pubs and is the home to the Guinness brewery and many of the world’s most well known writers including James Joyce, Oscar Wilder and William Butler Yeats. It is one of 4 international cities designated as UNESCO city of literature.
Dublin is the administrative and political capital of Ireland housing the national government and president of the state. It is the most populous city in the state and national economic driver of Ireland accounting for 38% of the national economy. It also acts as a European and international gateway for the many multinational firms that have established their headquarters in the city. It is the only Irish city of relevant scale that is cited in international benchmarks and rankings and is often referred to as Ireland only truly internationally competitive city.
April 2013: Local Impact Report – HUMAN TALENT: A CITY’S GREATEST ASSET – Dublin Summary Key Points
Leading Cities’ Team Coordinator: Brendan Williams, University College Dublin
Brendan Williams lectures in Urban Development and Urban Economics at the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy of the University College Dublin. He was Deputy Head of school from 2007-2010. He is Director of the Urban Environment Project at the Urban Institute Ireland at University College Dublin and has taught and researched at a number of universities in North America and Europe. In addition, since February 2011 Dr. Williams is Visiting Professor to the School of Public policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston. He has published approximately 70 scientific papers and edited/co-authored 4 books on various aspects of planning and development in Ireland and internationally.
He currently lectures at undergraduate and post graduate levels in Urban Development and Urban Economics and supervises a team of PhDs in related research areas. He has served a number of national professional societies such as the Planning and development division of the Society of Chartered surveyors as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer as well as being the Irish representative on a number of European professional bodies.