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RTPI Research Awards finalists announced

09 August 2016

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Twenty planning research projects from 13 RTPI accredited schools from the UK and internationally have been shortlisted for this year’s RTPI Awards for Research Excellence.

Five projects have been shortlisted for each of the academic research categories: Academic Award, Early Career Researcher Award, Student Award, and the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement.

In addition, six projects have been shortlisted for the new Planning Consultancy Award.

In total there were 87 entries to this year’s Research Awards, a more than 40% increase on the previous year.

Dr Michael Harris, RTPI’s Head of 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.

“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 Operating 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 2016.”

Jonathan Manley 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 at a special ceremony at the UK-Ireland Planning Conference in Cardiff on 6-7 September 2016.

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.

The awards are sponsored by:

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See the full list of finalists

See who won the 2015 RTPI Research Awards