Caroline Creamer


Caroline Creamer is a Research Fellow with the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She is also Deputy Director of the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD). A qualified town planner, Caroline has worked in a research and management capacity on a number of EU and other funded projects in the areas of spatial planning, cross-border cooperation, urban regeneration, multi-level governance, capacity building and community participation over the past 14 years. She holds a Diploma in Environmental Resources Management from Dublin Institute of Technology, an MA in Geography from Maynooth University, an MA in Town and Country Planning from University of the West of England / Open University, and is currently a part-time PhD candidate in Maynooth University.

Research Interests

Caroline’s research interests include cross-border cooperation, spatial planning practice and policy, regional and local development, collaborative and participative decision-making, individual and community identity, age-friendly planning, regeneration and inter-territorial and cross-border development.

Recent Publications

  • Creamer, C. & O’Keeffe, B. (2013). ‘Raising the Emerald Curtain: Communities and collaboration along the Irish Border’ in Crowley, C. & Linehan, D (eds.) Spacing Ireland: Place, society and culture in a post-boom era.  Manchester University Press: Manchester.
  • Gleeson, B. & Creamer, C. (2012). ‘Reinstating Kids in Planning and Policy’ in Borderlands: The Journal of Spatial Planning in Ireland, No. 2, January 2012. pp. 51-64.
  • Creamer, C., Driscoll, J., Blair, N. & Bartley, B. (2011). ‘Engineered Healing and the Northern Ireland Question: Collaboration Across an Increasingly Invisible Border’ in Brunn, S. (ed) Engineering Earth: The Impacts of Megaengineering Projects. Springer Press
  • Creamer, C., Keaveney, K. & Blair, N. (2011). ‘Planning and Governance Reform: Implications for Inter-Jurisdictional Planning in the Ireland of Ireland’ in Borderlands: The Journal of Spatial Planning in Ireland, No. 1, January 2011. pp. 25-40.
  • Creamer, C., Blair, N., Driscoll, J., Van Egeraat, C. & O’Keeffe, B. (2008). ‘Tough Love’: Local Cross-Border Cooperation faces the challenge of sustainability’ in The Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland, Vol.3, Spring 2008, pp.80-95.
  • Blair, N., Adair, A., Bartley, B., Berry, J., Creamer, C., Driscoll, J., McGreal, S. & Vigier, F. (2007). ‘Delivering cross-border spatial planning: Proposals for the island of Ireland’ in Town Planning Review, Vol. 78(4), 2007, pp 485-509.

Principal Commissioned Reports

  • Creamer, C. & Driscoll, J. (forthcoming). Working Together for the Common Good: Local Government as Drivers of Shared Services. Armagh: International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD).  ISBN 978-1-906879-15-0
  • Driscoll, J. & Creamer, C. (2012). Briefing Report on Shared Services: Propositions for Local Government Collaboration. Armagh: International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD). ISBN 978-1-906879-12-9
  • Creamer, C., Walsh, C., Driscoll, J., Hetherington, J., Shi, L., Gleeson, J. & Blair, N. (2011). Responding to the Environmental Challenge? Spatial Planning, Cross-Border Cooperation and River Basin Management. Armagh: International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD). ISBN 978-1-906879-07-5
  • Creamer, C., Keaveney, K., Blair, B. & Driscoll, J. (2010). All Change But Any Alignment? The Impact of the Proposed Governance and Planning Reforms Across the Island of Ireland on Inter-Jurisdictional Planning. Armagh: International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD). ISBN 978-1-906879-02-0
  • Creamer, C. & O’Keeffe, B. (2009) Local Government in Ireland, Paper prepared as Irish Contact Points for the EU-wide Network, Observatory on Local Autonomy (OLA).
  • Creamer, C., Blair, N., Driscoll, J., Keaveney, K. & O’Keeffe, B. (2009). Rural Restructuring: Local sustainable solutions to the rural challenge. Armagh: International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD). ISBN 978-1-906879-01-3.
  • Creamer, C., Blair, N., Driscoll, J., Van Egeraat, C., & O’Keeffe, B. (2008). Fostering Mutual Benefits in Cross-Border Areas: The challenges and opportunities in connecting Irish Border towns and villages. Armagh: International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD). ISBN 978-1-906879-00-6.

Recent Research Grants

  • August 2013 – Stg£10,601: Joint funding from Monaghan County Council and Armagh City and District Council to develop a joint enabling agreement (with R. Kitchin).
  • May 2013 – €25,000: Reconciliation Fund administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop an action plan for the North West Partnership Board, a multi-sectoral platform which promotes a collaborative and coordinated approach to the economic, social and cultural development of the region on a cross-border basis (with R. Kitchin).
  • November 2012 – Stg£388,800: INTERREG IVA administered by the Special EU Programmes Body for CroSPlaN II, three inter-linked projects that will make a significant contribution to increasing public sector collaboration: shared services, executive training and animation, and evidence-informed planning including the mapping of Census 2011 for the island of Ireland (with R. Kitchin and AIRO).
  • January 2009 – Stg£475,400: INTERREG IVA administered by the Special EU Programmes Body for CroSPlaN I, a programme including an action research programme on topical spatial planning issues, executive training programmes, and evidence-based planning including the development of a prototype All-Island Deprivation Index (with R. Kitchin and AIRO).

Recent Presentations

  • May 2013 – The ICLRD: Promoting All-Island, Regional, Local and Cross-Border Collaboration in Spatial Planning, Presentation to the Irish Regional Assemblies, Maynooth University.
  • 24 April 2013 - Promoting All-Island Collaboration in Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, Presentation to the SEA Team, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dublin.
  • 22 March 2013 – The Shared Services Agenda, Presentation to the Irish Border Regional Local Councils on CroSPlaN II Programme, Cavan County Council.
  • 10 December 2012 – Cross-border Observation between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Building Mutual Understanding, Presentation to MOT’s First European Seminar on Observation of Cross-Border Territories, City Hall, Nancy, France.
  • 22 November 2011 – The International Centre for Local and Regional Development: Purpose, Principles and Process, Presentation on the ICLRD to a South African Delegation from Cacadu Municipality, Armagh City Hotel (with Neale Blair).
  • 27 October 2011 – Cross-Border Local Authority Training Across the Island of Ireland, Presentation on Executive Training in Border Regions to INICCO International Conference on Cross-Border Training and Impact Assessment, Radisson Blu Hotel, Cavan.
  • 2 November 2010 – Fixing ‘Broken’ Government: Functional Territories as an Impetus for Reform, Presentation to Regional Studies Association Conference, University of Manchester (with Neale Blair & Justin Gleeson).
  • 5 May 2010 – Community Building through Growing Leadership: the Challenge of the Border, Presentation to Eisenhower-Loeb Fellows, The Newman Building, Dublin (with Karen Keaveney.).
  • 4 March 2010 – Rural Interfaces: Reconciling Perception with Reality, Keynote Address to Sharing Our Space Event, Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.
  • 2 December 2009 – Divergence in Policy and Practice: Government and Community Perspectives on Rural Development, Presentation to the ISSP Annual Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway (with Brendan O’Keeffe).

Executive Training Programmes

  • Embracing the Opportunities Presented by Local Government Reform, Ten-Module Programme for the 22 Councils that make up the three local authority-led cross-border networks (East Border Region Ltd., North West Region Cross Border Group, and ICBAN), September 2013 – ongoing.
  • Harnessing diversity in a shared future, Ten-Module Programme for the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) Region, October – December 2011.
  • Fostering Growth through Cooperation in the Northwest Region, Ten-Module Programme for the North West Region, October 2010 – June 2011.
  • Shaping and Managing Cross-Border Development, Ten-Module Programme for the Newry/Dundalk Twin City Region, November 2009 – May 2010.

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