Professor Dory Reeves is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute following her election. Fellowship is the RTPI's highest membership class and was awarded to Professor Reeves for her outstanding contribution to planning.
Dory is currently Professor of Planning at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, School Director of Research Engagement; a member of the UNI UN-Habitat Global Steering Group and the EU CoSTgenderSTE network. She holds a periodic Visiting Research Professorship at Queens University Belfast. Describing herself as a pracademic, she believes strongly in building a pathway between practice and research, challenging established and traditional attitudes, to ensure the continuing development of the profession. Her research objectives are to transform the way professionals think about and practice planning with a particular emphasis on early career planners.
Newly elected Fellow, Dory Reeves FRTPI said:
“I am delighted and proud to join the small band of women who are Fellows of the Royal Town Planning Institute. I sense there are more experienced women planners out there who meet the leadership and innovation criteria to qualify for Fellowship and I encourage them to seriously consider applying.”
Graham Stallwood FRTPI, Chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees said:
“Professor Reeves has made a significant contribution to the profession, particularly with her cross cutting work to better align planning practice and research together. She has been a longstanding advocate for gender equality issues within planning both in the UK and around the world. I’m pleased to welcome the Professor to Fellowship."
She has been a member of the RTPI since the 1980s and been a committed and consistent champion in promoting gender equality issues within planning, both nationally and internationally. She is at the forefront of advocating that gender equality will be crucial for achieving sustainable urbanisation and welcomes it as one of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Dory actively works across boundaries, promoting collaborative and multi disciplinary approaches as evidenced in her leadership in the AKO Aotearoa project ‘Te Whaihanga’. This will better prepare professionals across all the built environment professions in New Zealand to work effectively with Māori.
Read: how to become a Fellow