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Winner of coveted RTPI George Pepler International Award announced

28 October 2016

Today Professor Tony Crook,  Chair of the judges panel announced that Isobel Bruun-Kiaer, Climate Change Advisor for the Town and Country Planning Association,  has been awarded the RTPI George Pepler International Award bursary grant of £2,000 towards a research trip in New Zealand.  Isobel’s submission on “Building the path to Climate resilience in Tauranga, New Zealand: Exploring the role of spatial planning” was selected from an extremely strong field of entries. 

Isobel said:

“I am delighted that my submission “Building the path to Climate resilience in Tauranga, New Zealand: Exploring the role of spatial planning” was selected by the judges to win the George Pepler International Award. The challenge of reconciling rapid urban growth with planning for climate change is paramount to the future of cities around the world, and I am looking forward to exploring this issue in Tauranga and to sharing my findings with the RTPI network.”  

 

Professor Tony Crook,  Chair of the judges panel said:

“The submissions this year were of an exceptionally high quality and it was an extremely difficult decision to pick only one winner.  However the judges were unanimous in selecting the submission by Isobel Bruun Kaier to look at the role of spatial planning in combatting climate change in this part of New Zealand.  We look forward to her report.” 

For the first time,  the Award winner Isobel will be sharing her observations during her trip in 2017 via social media in a live diary of her visit before publishing a report of her findings.

The George Pepler International Award was offered for the first time in 1973 to commemorate the great interest that Sir George Pepler, one of the founders of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1913, had in encouraging younger people in the planning profession. The Award was established to "encourage young people of all nationalities who had a desire to serve their fellow human beings through the medium of town and country planning". A bursary is granted biennially to a person in their first ten years of post-qualification experience wishing to undertake a short period of study on a particular aspect of spatial planning.