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RTPI Awards for Research Excellence

Research Awards 2016 Logo (2)

The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies, in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.


Download the Awards Brochure to read about the winners and finalists


Academic Award


Tony Crook and John Henneberry (Sheffield University), co-authored by Christine Whitehead (LSE)

Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure & Affordable Housing


Chinmoy Sarkar, Chris Webster, Matthew Pryor, Dorothy Tang, Scott Melbourne,
Xiaohu Zhang, Liu Jianzheng (The University of Hong Kong)

Exploring associations between urban green, street design and walking: Results from the Greater London boroughs


Anthony Go Yeh, Fiona F Yang, Jiejing Wang (The University of Hong Kong)

Economic Transition and Urban Transformation of China: The Interplay of the State and the Market

Cecilia Wong, Mark Baker, Stephen Hincks, Andreas Schulze-Baing (the University of Manchester) and Brian Webb (Cardiff University)

Mapping policies and programmes: The use of GIS to communicate spatial relationships in England

David Valler (Oxford Brookes University) and Nicholas A Phelps (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)

Delivering growth? Evaluating economic governance in England's South East subregions


Early Career Researcher Award


Linda Fox-Rogers (early career, Queen's University Belfast), Enda Murphy (University College Dublin)    

From brown envelopes to community benefits: the co-option of planning gain under deepening neoliberalism


Julie Clark (early career researcher), Ade Kearns, Claire Cleland (early career researcher) (University of Glasgow)

Spatial scale, time and process in mega-events: the complexity of host community perspectives on neighbourhood change  


Pablo Sendra (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)

Infrastructures for disorder. Applying Sennett's notion of disorder to the public space of social housing neighbourhoods

Xingjian Liu (early career) (The University of Hong Kong), co-authored by Ben Derudder (Ghent University) and Kang Wu (Capital University of Economics
and Business)

Measuring Polycentric Urban Development in China: An Intercity Transportation Network Perspective

Sarah Payne (Sheffield University)

Examining  Housebuilder Behaviour in a Recovering Housing Market


Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement



Matthew Carmona (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)

AHRC, CABE, Place Alliance and the House of Lords


Mark Tewdwr-Jones, John Goddard, Paul Cowie (Newcastle University)

Newcastle City Futures 2065

Ade Kearns, Julie Clark, Louise Lawson, Cat Tabbner, Kelda McLean (University of Glasgow)     



Alister Scott, Claudia Carter, Michael Hardman, Richard Wakeford (Birmingham City University)           

Maximising the Impact of Games as Effective Participative Tools: The Rufopoly Resource Kit (Participology)

Michael Edwards, Myfanwy Taylor, Elena Besussi, Jessica Ferm (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)

Just Space


Student Award



Adam van Heerden (University of Cape Town)

Valuing Waste and Wasting Value: Rethinking Planning with Informality by learning from 'Skarrelers' in Cape Town's Southern Suburbs


Kate Hogarth  (University of Cape Town)

Leveraging the Private Sector to Enable the Delivery of Well-located Affordable Housing in Cape Town


Andrew Bull (University of Westminster)

Planning policy to address the association between hot food takeaways and childhood obesity

Luís Neto (University of Manchester)     

The walkability index: Assessing the built environment and urban design qualities at the street level using open-access omnidirectional and satellite imagery

Rosie Brake (Oxford Brookes University)

What Are The Key Local Barriers To Timely And Successful Plan-Making?


Planning Consultancy Award



Ryden (lead consultants) WSP, Brodies  - Mark Robertson, Fiona Clandillon, Kirsty Davison, Chris Bell, Neil Collar    

Planning for Infrastructure Research Report


Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners     

Supporting Scotland's Growth


ARUP - Mauro Oliveri, Stefano Recalcati and others            

Shaping Ageing Cities

Land Use Consultants (LUC) - Nick James, Steven Orr, Joe Nunn and Melissa McGinley  

Scottish Marine Recreation and Tourism Survey 2015: Supporting Marine Planning in Scotland

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners      

Early Adopters and the Late Majority

Quod and Shelter - Barney Stringer (Quod) Toby Lloyd (Shelter) and  Pete Jefferys (Shelter)

When Brownfield isn't Enough: Strategic Options for London's Growth


Awards Ceremony

The winners and commended entries were announced at a special session the annual UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference in Cardiff University School of Geography and Planning on 7 September.

Judging panel

We would like to thank the judging panel for their time and contribution in assessing the entries this year:

Tony Cook MRTPI, RTPI South East

Professor Tony Crook CBE FACSS FRTPI

Professor Nick Gallent MRTPI MRICS, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

Peter Hetherington, The Guardian/TCPA Chairman

Professor Keith Kintrea MRTPI, University of Glasgow

John Knight MRTPI, RTPI North West

Dr Tim Marshall, Oxford Brookes University

Dr Mutakela Kingsley Minyoi, University of Botswana

Dr Laura Novo de Azevedo, Oxford Brookes University

Steve Quartermain CBE MRTPI

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, Hon. MRTPI

Professor Georgia Watson, Oxford Brookes University

Dr Aidan H. While, University of Sheffield

Martin Willey FCIS FRTPI

Officers from RTPI Policy and Research Team

Entries were judged independently and judges were not allowed to score entries where they may have a conflict of interest. The judges scored entries on each of the five criteria identified for category and marks were averaged across judges in order to rank entries.


The winners in each category receive the following prizes:

Sponsored by Routledge/Taylor and Francis group:

  • Academic Award: £350 towards conference attendance; and either a year's subscription to a Taylor & Francis Group journal or £50 worth of Routledge books
  • Early Career Researcher Award: £350 towards conference attendance; and either a year's subscription to a Taylor & Francis Group journal or £50 worth of Routledge books

 Sponsored by the Idox Information Service:

  •  Student Award: Ipad mini and one year's individual membership of the Idox Information Service
  •  Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement: £350 towards conference attendance and one year's individual membership of the Idox Information Service
  •  Planning Consultancy Award: a Planning Convention place and two one year's individual memberships to the Idox Information Service

About the Awards

The Awards are intended to:

  • recognise the best spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools;
  • highlight the implications of academic research for policy and practice;
  • recognise the valuable contribution of planning consultancies to planning research; and
  • promote planning research generally.

Previous winners of the RTPI Research Awards can be found here.

The Wider Engagement Award is named after Sir Peter Hall, to reflect his life's work to promote the wider understanding of planning and to apply academic research to policy and practice.

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