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RTPI elects new Fellow, Professor Simin Davoudi

19 June 2017

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Professor Simin Davoudi is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Fellowship is the RTPI's highest membership class and was awarded to Professor Davoudi for her outstanding contribution to planning.

Simin Davoudi FRTPI said:

“Being elected to Fellowship of the RTPI is a great honour and a humbling experience as it marks the peer recognition of my contributions to planning. I am a passionate advocate of planning and its underlying values of justice, democracy and inclusiveness. I will use the privilege of this Award to further promote the progressive values that planning stands for.” 

Graham Stallwood FRTPI, Chair of the RTPI Board said:

“On behalf of the Institute, I would like to congratulate Professor Davoudi on this outstanding achievement. Chartered Fellowship is recognition of the significant contribution she has made to planning, particularly in the area of planning research and education”

Simin is Professor of Planning and Director of Global Urban Research Centre (GURU) at the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape in Newcastle University. She has worked as a planning officer in Tyne & Wear Development Corporation and Northumberland County Council, and taught in planning schools in UCL and Leeds Beckett.

Simin is past President of the Association of the European Schools of Planning (AESOP), Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  She has led the Office of Deputy Prime Minister’s Planning Research Network and served on expert panels for DCLG, DECC and currently DEFRA, as well as EU Directorate Generals on Environment and Regional Policy. She has been a member of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel, Research Excellence Framework 2014 Sub-panel, and several research councils across Europe. She has held visiting professorships at the universities in the Netherlands, Sweden, USA, Australia and Finland, and served on advisory boards of planning schools in Hong Kong and Sweden.

While she is known for her academic contributions to planning, Simin has remained actively engaged with planning policy and practice and worked with the RTPI since joining the Institute as a Chartered Member in 1990.

Read: how to become a Fellow