Dr Donagh Horgan

Research Associate

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I joined WEO following completion of doctoral studies at the Department of Architecture on Social Innovation Systems for Building Resilient Communities, looking at how networked place-based innovation impacts on resilience and inclusive growth. Trained as an architect, urban planner and service designer I consulted for several years on spatial and business transformation before returning to academia. I use skills in design thinking to facilitate multi-disciplinary dialogue with diverse groups of stakeholders and communities. I have consulted for Strathclyde’s Institute for Future Cities (IFC), helping to drive innovative collaboration to improve the quality of life for citizens worldwide in areas such as smart cities, circular economy and evidence-based policymaking. I have experience working with communities in Russia, Brazil, Egypt and the Philippines. My primary role is working on the SMARTDEST project, seeking to generate insights on overtourism and the impact on inclusive growth. Both my doctoral research and experience demonstrate my commitment to collaboration and knowledge exchange between disciplines. I co-lead the university’s subtheme on Socially Progressive Innovation and Enterprise, and I am excited to bring new perspectives to the school and department, addressing knowledge gaps where possible around the intersection of place, employment and enterprise.


Has expertise in:

    Placemaking and spatial innovation; tourism and sustainable development; architecture, design and planning; public service innovation and policy design; participatory production and co-design; design thinking and workshop facilitation; future commons and insurgent activism; cultural context and narrative in space; language.


Integrating artificial urban wetlands into communities : a pathway to carbon zero?
Rogerson Robert J, Horgan Donagh, Roberts Jennifer J
Frontiers in Built Environment (2021)
Re-enterprising the unplanned urban areas of Greater Cairo – a social innovation perspective
Nicolopoulou Katerina, Salama Ashraf M, Attia Sahar, Samy Christine, Horgan Donagh, Khalil Heba Allah Essam E, Bakhaty Asser
Open House International Vol 46, pp. 189-212 (2021)
Social innovation in the built environment : the challenges presented by the politics of space
Horgan Donagh, Dimitrijevic Branka
Urban Science Vol 5 (2020)
Horgan Donagh
International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2019) (2019)
Ecological frameworks as a strategy for social innovation in the built environment
Horgan Donagh, Dimitrijevic Branka
IGU Urban Commission Meeting (2019)
Frameworks for citizens participation in planning : from conversational to smart tools
Horgan Donagh, Dimitrijevic Branka
Sustainable Cities and Society Vol 48 (2019)

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Professional activities

Bridging Frameworks for Social Impact
16th Annual International Conference of the ArchitecturalHumanities Research Association
2nd Colloquium of the research cluster Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Architecture(s) for Resilience
Frameworks for Social Innovation in Planning for Built Environment
Social Innovation Systems for Building Resilient Communities

More professional activities


Exploration of medicines waste management services in the United Kingdom
GANGANNAGARIPALLI, Jaheedabegum (Principal Investigator) Mueller, Tanja (Principal Investigator) Hannah, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Horgan, Donagh (Principal Investigator) McLaughlin, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Simmons, Emilee Lauran (Principal Investigator)
Although being at the core of patients’ treatment, an estimated £300m of NHS prescribed medicines are wasted annually, and medicines are increasingly being considered as emerging environmental hazards due to inappropriate management and pollution associated with their use. Medicines management is a complex issue, defined as “the entire way medicines are selected, procured, delivered, prescribed, administered, and reviewed to optimise the contribution that medicines make to producing informed and desired outcomes of patient care”. Hence, it is imperative to develop broad and wide-ranging medicines management methods to reduce waste and prevent environmental pollution, enable sustainability, improve patients’ health and wellbeing, and reduce cost. However, there is currently limited research in this area.
The principal aim of this study is to perform a pilot exploration of effective waste management methods and/or services in order to understand the drivers of wastage in medicines management processes, and to identify touchpoints in the service to be redesigned, within the UK.
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Navigating COVID-19 related transitions and transformations of economically marginalised women entrepreneurs within urban poor communities of the Greater Cairo Region in Egypt (GCR).
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Christine Samy Aziz Habib, C (Research Co-investigator) Mohamed, Sherine (Researcher) Horgan, Donagh (Researcher) Whitfield, Caroline (Researcher)
GCRF Scottish Funding Council COVID-19 Response Award
01-Jan-2020 - 26-Jan-2021
Global Engagement Fund Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Cultural Heritage in the area of Greater Aswan, Egypt
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Christine Samy Aziz Habib, C (Co-investigator) Horgan, Donagh (Co-investigator)
Global Engagement Fund
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Inclusive tourism in the city: how urban tourism can benefit marginalised and vulnerable communities
Baum, Thomas (Principal Investigator) Tomazos, Konstantinos (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator) Vermeylen, Saskia (Co-investigator) Dimitrijevic, Branka (Co-investigator) Horgan, Donagh (Co-investigator)
Multi-disciplinary research-informing workshop, funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Diliman to engage with tourism from a social and economic inclusion perspective in the context of the contemporary city. Involved engagement with this theme from multiple perspectives including gender, economic, employment, human rights, urban planning, architecture, law and anthropology.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018

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