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Planning Education and Research Network


The Planning Education and Research Network (PERN) aims to support greater communication between educators, researchers and practitioners in the planning community. Its purpose is to:

  • highlight current and proposed research in planning education and practice
  • promote the exchange of information
  • support new planning researchers and publications
  • disseminate upcoming events in planning and research
  • develop international communication in research and educational activity
  • explore new methods of planning education and knowledge development
  • encourage the examination of planning theory against practice
  • provide a sounding board for futures thinking and innovation

Members of the Planning Education and Research Network receive quarterly updates on PERN through an e-mailed Bulletin. The e-Bulletins inform members on the latest RTPI planning news, upcoming calls for proposals, recent publications, important external news items and upcoming events in the field of planning. Members of the Network are encouraged to use the bulletin and web pages to share material, promote events and new projects and develop debates.


Member Update that may be of interest:

RTPI Invitation to tender for research on "The Future of Environmental Directives and Regulations". Full details of the tender invitation are available here.

Purpose of the research:  The supplier will need to propose a mechanism for assessing the efficiency of the application of the directives and regulations to the four planning systems in the UK. This should focus on the issue of whether there is duplication between the environmental regime and the planning regime. The supplier should bring forward proposals for changing planning and/or environmental regimes to reduce duplication if necessary whilst retaining at least the current levels of environmental outcomes.

This research will follow on from work to be undertaken by another supplier on mapping the full range of relevant directives and regulations and their applicability to different outcomes of the Brexit process. The work is to be completed by 31 March 2018 and will be made available to the successful supplier.

Applications must be received by no later than 5pm on Monday 26 February with a view to the successful supplier completing the research by the end of December 2018. Full timetable details are included in the tender document.


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Membership to the PERN e-Bulletin is free. To subscribe to the mailing list, please fill out the PERN membership form.




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