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International Publications



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The RTPI's international publications identify global challenges and international commitments, highlight the importance of good planning and advocate for skilled planners in achieving sustainable development in all countries. 

Global Challenges and International Agreements on Sustainable Developments 

Briefing Note setting out the global challenges most countries face e.g. climate change, rapid urbanisation, loss of natural habitats, and the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II.  Also includes the international agreements countries have signed up to in order to try address these challenges like COP 21 climate change agreement and the New Urban Agenda. Planners play a key role in tackling these challenges and implementing international commitments. Published in 2017 by the RTPI.

A Guide to Working Internationally

Practice note for RTPI members currently based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland and who are interested in working in other countries. Also aimed at independent consultants or small consultancies keen to expand their services and may assist planners living in other countries. Includes general information and advice on how to find work in other countries. Published in 2017 by the RTPI.

Delivering Better Development - the role of the Urban and Rural Planner

Publication explainining the roles, skills and sectors where planners work worldwide. Aimed at non-planners including politicians, leaders, architects, engineers, environmentalists and those interested in studying planning. Joint publication (2015) by the RTPI and the Global Planners Network.

Worldwide Value of Planning

Celebrates the good that planning does worldwide in helping to tackle global challenges by showcasing case studies and highlighting the benefits of good planning from around the world. Published by the RTPI during the centenary celebrations.

Planning Horizons

These research projects, published by the RTPI,take a long term and global view of planning and how it can contribute to challenges in the 21st century. Published during RTPI's centenary year, they focus on making better decisions for places, promoting healthy cities, thinking spatially, creating economically successful places and future proofing societies.

The Built Environment Professions in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response - A Guide for Humanitarian Agencies

This guide illustrates the value of using built environment professionals such as town planners, architects, engineers, surveyors etc in reducing disasters and helping to rebuild after disasters. It shows how relevant professional skills and expertise can be applied at all stages of disaster management.