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Prof. Dr. John S. Ratcliffe

Prof. Dr. John Ratcliffe is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Futurists Conference Lucerne.

John Ratcliffe is a chartered planning and development surveyor with over thirty five years experience as a consultant and academic in the fields of urban planning and real estate development.  Currently he is Director and Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at the Dublin Institute of Technology, which is the largest university level institution in the Republic of Ireland, and Founder and Chairman of The Futures Academy there. He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Salford and the University of Lincoln as well as an Associate of the futures consultancy Outsights in the UK.

The author of a number of books and numerous other publications on land use and development matters, John Ratcliffe has also acted as a consultant to national and international organisations and agencies in both the public and private sectors. He was the initial Chairman of the Policy and Practice Committee of the Urban Land Institute [Europe] and the founder of the Greater Dublin ‘Prospectives’ Society. He has extensive international experience and spent over ten years in the Far East.

Over the past decade he has acquired a particular expertise in the Futures Field, with special reference to the sustainable development of city regions. He has recently been involved in: collaborating in a major European project concerned with Improving the Quality of Life in Large Urban Distressed Areas [LUDA]; conducting a Dublin Vision 2020 exercise on behalf of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce; advising the Dublin Regional Business Alliance and the Dublin City Centre Business Association in respect of strategic planning; and providing assistance to various development agencies in several European countries. He has also acted as a consultant to a range of corporate enterprises in their long-term strategic thinking and planning.

In August 2005, he was elected to the position of Secretary-General of the World Futures Studies Federation, the global body for professional futurists.

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