Lorcan Sirr - Lecturer, chartered surveyor and writer.

Lecturer and researcher at Dublin Institute of Technology



Work category

Education and Training



Lorcan Sirr's Professional Experience

2004 - Present

Dublin Institute of Technology - Lecturer and researcher

I am a chartered planning and development surveyor and a lecturer in property valuations and property management at Dublin Institute of Technology. I am a contributor to the Irish Times, Sunday Tribune and various other publications, mostly on the areas of housing, planning and development and regional economics. I also provide analysis on Ireland's property crisis nationally for RTE, and internationally for the BBC (UK) and CBC (Canada).

Faculty of the Built Environment, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
• Module development and delivery in Property Valuations, Academic Writing and Research Methods.
• Supervision and assessment of theses at levels 9 and 10 (masters and doctorate).
• Successful supervision of three PhDs to date.
• Writing of newspaper and journal articles.
• Current research concerns nationwide survey on ‘planning for ageing’ for the Ageing Well Network of Ireland

Sept 2006 – August 2008: Head of Research, Faculty of the Built Environment, DIT (contract position)
• Management of all research within the Faculty, both students and staff, including marketing of programmes.
• Responsibility for creation and accreditation of Ireland’s first professional doctorate in the built environment (DBEnv).
• Supervision of PhD students from proposal to viva.
• Writing of newspaper and journal articles and commentary on town planning and housing issues.
• Budget and financial control for Faculty research.
• Advise on regulatory issues concerning research.
• Provision of support for funding bids.
• Media relations for the Faculty including radio interviews.
• Membership of both the Faculty Executive and Academic Council, and DIT Disciplinary Committee.
• External examiner, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

Key Skills
Financial Control lecturer Marketing property management supervision writing, planning, lecturer, research, doctorate

Lorcan Sirr's Education and Qualifications


Masters/PostGrad - Literature

Katholieke Universeteit Leuven


PhD/Doctorate - Town planning

University of Manchester


Masters/PostGrad - Urban design

University of Manchester


Bachelor/Degree - Estate Management

University of Greenwich

Lorcan Sirr's Additional Information




I have recently created my own website (www.myphd.ie) which provides supplementary guidance and advice to future and current doctoral students from proposal stage to post-viva consultancy.

Driving licence: motorcycle (A); car (B); 17-tonne truck (C); articulated truck (E+C).
Languages: English (native); French (intermediate).
Other: I am very interested in writing, literature, and both print and broadcast media, having produced and presented a weekly live radio book review programme. I am also interested in learning languages and take part-time French courses in Dublin and France. I am very keen to learn another European language. I am an approved Assessor for the Society of Chartered Surveyors. I am also a Peace Commissioner, appointed by the Minister for Justice of Ireland.


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Society of Chartered Surveyors