A national movement campaigning for high quality places brought together by the University College London has won the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement in this year’s RTPI Awards for Research Excellence.
The Place Alliance brings together built environment sector organisations with an interest in place design to build consensus around policy that would lead to high quality places. Organisations involved include the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Royal Institute of British Architects, , English Heritage and the Prince’s Foundation.
The Place Alliance demonstrates the important role universities can play in providing a neutral setting to engage a range of stakeholders from community-led organisations to national government. This has allowed them to build policy consensus about the importance of high quality planning and urban design. Their work has fed directly into the work of the Select Committee for National Policy on the Built Environment which called for a fundamental shift to a place-led approach to policy.
The Place Alliance was one of 5 winners at yesterday's ceremony, held during the 2016 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference.
Dr Michael Harris, RTPI’s Head of Research, said:
“The winners and highly commended entries have demonstrated how academic researchers can positively reach out to practitioners and policymakers with insights and finding to inform and influence their work. I am pleased these awards have been able to celebrate such impactful, high quality research again this year.”
Andrew Riley, Chief Operating Officer at Idox plc said:
“Idox is proud to be a sponsor once again of the RTPI’s Awards for Research Excellence. Those recognised today illustrate the best planning research and its relevance to solving the real-world issues that are facing communities in the UK and internationally. On behalf of Idox I would like to extend our congratulations to the commended entries and winners.”
Jonathan Manley, Planning & Urban Studies Journals Publisher at Routledge/Taylor & Francis, said:
‘As RTPI’s publishing partner, Routledge/T&F are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence. We offer hearty congratulations to all of those recognised tonight for their excellence in planning research scholarship.’
List of winners:
Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure & Affordable Housing
Tony Crook, John Henneberry and Christine Whitehead, University of Sheffield;
Early Career Researcher Award
From brown envelopes to community benefits: the co-option of planning gain under deepening neoliberalism
Linda Fox-Rogers and Enda Murphy, Queen’s University Belfast, University College Dublin
Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement
AHRC, CABE, Place Alliance and the House of Lords
Matthew Carmona (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)
Valuing Waste and Wasting Value: Rethinking Planning with Informality by learning from ‘Skarrelers’ in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs
Adam van Heerden, University of Cape Town
Planning Consultancy Award
Planning for Infrastructure Research Report
Mark Robertson, Fiona Clandillon, Kirsty Davison, Chris Bell and Neil Collar, Ryden (lead consultants) WSP, Brodies
The winners fought off tough competition from 25 shortlisted entries whittled down from a record 87 entries.
The RTPI would like to thank the generous sponsors: