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Why do people living in Donegal enjoy lower levels of wealth than people living in Dublin and what can be done to address this? The module aims to give students a thorough understanding of the processes driving unbalanced regional development and related regional development policies and planning strategies. Core topics of the module include: changing perspectives on what constitutes regional development; the evolution of theories of regional development; regional development policies and instruments; the role of indigenous and multinational companies. The module will focus specifically on regional development problems and policies in Ireland, notably the impact of the Celtic Tiger, the current economic crisis and Irelandís National Planning Framework.