Professor Cecilia Wong is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute following her election. Fellowship is the RTPI's highest membership class and was awarded to Professor Wong for her outstanding contribution to planning.
Cecilia Wong is Professor of Spatial Planning at Manchester University and Director of the Spatial Policy & Analysis Lab of the Manchester Urban Institute. After practising at Liverpool City Council and Cleveland County Council in the early stages of her career, she became a member of the RTPI in 1991. Her academic research career began at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University where she started her research on indicators for different central government departments. She first joined the University of Manchester in 1993 and has been there since, apart from a few years as a Professor at Liverpool University (2002-2006) where she had previously gained her Master of Civic Design degree.
Newly elected Fellow, Cecilia Wong FRTPI said:
“It is a great honour to be elected to Fellowship of the RTPI, which was beyond my imagination when I first left Hong Kong to embark on my postgraduate planning studies at Liverpool University. The Fellowship confirms the value of academic research in informing planning policy and practice as well as the importance of nurturing the next generation of planners in the UK and around the world. I hope that the planning academic community will be encouraged and more of us will become Fellows of the Institute.”
Graham Stallwood FRTPI, Chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees said:
“Professor Wong has made a significant contribution to the profession, and has successfully straddled the divide between academia and policy communities. The impact of her research has extended internationally, influencing policy, debate and practice across the globe. I’m pleased to welcome the Professor to Fellowship."
Her curent work on the analysis of UK spatial structure for the RTPI continues to inform debates over the need for a national spatial planning framework to coordinate infrastructure development and strategic decisions. She was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2009 and listed in The Planner’s Women of Influence in Planning, 2017.
Read: how to become a Fellow