Liam Heaphy

Liam Heaphy

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
PhD in Architecture from the University of Manchester
Diploma de Estudios Avanzados (Masters equiv.) from the Universidad de Salamanca
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Liam Heaphy joined ICHEC in April 2021 as a postdoctoral research fellow on the EPA’s Five Year Assessment Report, which will deliver a comprehensive, state-of-the-art report on our understanding of climate change for the Government of Ireland. He is working with Dr Paul Nolan on Volume 3 "Being Prepared for Ireland’s future climate" in relation to impacts and adaptation options.

Prior to joining ICHEC, he was a Gov. of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy in UCD. He led a project on rural planning and housing that sought to analyse recent trends in rural dispersed housing, enquiring into the cultural factors which incentivise rural dispersion rather than nucleation in existing or new settlements.

His doctoral thesis was on the translation of climate models into policy, analysing how planning decisions on climate adaptation were co-shaped by climate science with a special emphasis on the future urban climate of cities. It took as a case study the development of the UK’s probabilistic climate projections and their usage in a suite of projects that sought to inform decision-making at the city region, neighbourhood, and building scales in London and Manchester.

He has also worked in Maynooth University with Prof. Rob Kitchin on the Programmable City project, examining the relationships between code and the city, and on two mapping controversies projects in Sciences Po, Paris (FORCCAST) and the University of Manchester (MACOSPOL), concerned with facilitating public participation in uncertain science and architectural design.


Heaphy L and Wiig A (2020) The 21st century corporate town: The politics of planning innovation districts. Telematics and Informatics 54. DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2020.101459.

Heaphy L (2020) Social Studies of Scientific Knowledge. In: International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier, pp. 263–270. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10703-6.

Heaphy L (2019) Data ratcheting and data-driven organisational change in transport. Big Data & Society 6(2): 2053951719867359. DOI: 10.1177/2053951719867359.

Heaphy LJ and Pétercsák R (2019) Building Smart City Partnerships in the ‘Silicon Docks’. In: Coletta C, Evans L, Heaphy L, and Kitchin R. (eds) Creating Smart Cities. Regions and cities volume 131. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 76–89.

Kitchin R, Coletta C, Evans L, Heaphy L, and MacDonncha D. (2019) Smart cities, algorithmic technocracy and new urban technocrats. In: Planning and Knowledge: How New Forms of Technocracy Are Shaping Contemporary Cities. Policy Press, p. 199.

Coletta C, Evans L, Heaphy L, Kitchin R. (eds) (2019) Creating Smart Cities. Regions and cities volume 131. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge.

Coletta C, Heaphy L, Perng S-Y, and Waller L. (2018) Data-driven Cities? Digital Urbanism and its Proxies: Introduction. TECNOSCIENZA: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies 8(2): 5–18.

Coletta C, Heaphy L and Kitchin R (2018) From the accidental to articulated smart city: The creation and work of ‘Smart Dublin’. European Urban and Regional Studies: 1–16. DOI: 10.1177/0969776418785214.

Kitchin R, Coletta C and Heaphy L (2018) Actually Existing Smart Dublin: Exploring smart city development in history and context. In: Karvonen A, Cugurullo F, and Caprotti F (eds) Inside Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation. London: Routledge, pp. 83–101.

Heaphy LJ (2017) The challenges of aligning the scales of urban climate science and climate policy in London and Manchester. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. DOI: 10.1177/2399654417723342. Link:

Kitchin R, Coletta C, Evans L, Heaphy L, and MacDonncha D. (2017) Smart cities, epistemic communities, advocacy coalitions and the ‘last mile’ problem. it - Information Technology 59(6): 275–284. DOI: 10.1515/itit-2017-0004.

Heaphy LJ (2015) The role of climate models in adaptation decision-making: the case of the UK climate projections 2009. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 5(2): 233–257. DOI: 10.1007/s13194-015-0114-0. Link:

Heaphy LJ (2014) Modelling and Translating Future Urban Climate for Policy. Doctoral Thesis. University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. Available at:

Yaneva A and Heaphy L (2012) Urban controversies and the making of the social. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly 16(01): 29–36. DOI: 10.1017/S1359135512000267.

Heaphy LJ (2009) Conocimiento, cultura y la dimensión social. Revista Laguna (24): 119–138.




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