From cycling to commuting, housing to land ownership and the digital economy - this year’s RTPI Awards for Research Excellence shortlist, announced today, reflects the depth and breadth of planning research.
Seventeen research projects are competing across five categories: Planning Consultancy Award, Academic Award, Early Career Researcher Award, Student Award, and the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement.
The Awards recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies around the world. This year’s shortlist includes research from across the UK, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia and the United States.
Dr Michael Harris, RTPI’s Deputy Head of Policy and Research, said:
“The RTPI Research Awards have gone from strength to strength. The growing body of high quality research work in planning is impressive but more importantly, it is a positive sign that more academic researchers want to reach out to practitioners and policymakers with insights and findings that can inform and influence their work. This is what the Awards celebrate and I am pleased that RTPI planning schools and planning consultancies have responded.”
Andrew Riley, Chief Executive Officer at Idox plc commented:
“High-quality research is key to increasing our understanding of how planning can help create sustainable places for people to live and work. As the UK’s leading provider of planning and building control solutions to local authorities, Idox is very proud to be continuing our relationship with the RTPI and supporting the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence in 2017.”
Jonathan Manley, Publisher for Planning and Urban Studies Journals at Routledge/T&F said:
“As RTPI’s publisher, Routledge/T&F are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the RTPI Research Awards. RTPI’s mission to reward the best in planning research complements our own ambition to publish the work of not only those with an established reputation in the field but also scholars at the dawn of their career”.
The winners will be announced on 12 September during the 2017 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference in Belfast.
The full list of finalists are available here. See who won last year’s awards.