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2019 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence

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The winning and commended entries for the 2019 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence, including the two entries that will be granted the Practitioners Research Fund, have been announced! 

The quality of the submissions has been impressive, ensuring that  these awards continue to recognise and promote the best and most impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies, in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally. 

 

Winning entries

 

 

Shortlisted entries

 

 

Commended entries

 

 

See the awards by category for further details on the entries:

 

Student Award

 

Early Career Researcher Award

 

Academic Award

 

Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement

 

Planning Consultancy Award

 

Practitioner Research Fund

 

Winning entries

Student Award

Mr Richard Lundy (Cardiff University, School of Geography and Planning), for:

‘Incompatible Imagery: The conflict between heritage and development at Liverpool Waters’. (MSc Dissertation)

 

Early Career Academic Award

Dr Guibo Sun for his work with Prof. Chris Webster and Xiaohu Zhang (Hong Kong University - Department of Urban Planning & Design, Faculty of Architecture):

‘Connecting the city: A three-dimensional pedestrian network of Hong Kong’ (Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science)

 

Academic Award

Dr Chinmoy Sarkar, Prof Chris Webster (Hong Kong University - Department of Urban Planning & Design, Faculty of Architecture) and Prof John Gallacher (Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University), for:

‘Residential greenness and prevalence of major depressive disorders: A cross-sectional, observational, associational study of 94 879 adult UK Biobank participants’. (The Lancet - Planetary Health)

 

Sir Peter Hall Award for Public Engagement

Prof Gavin Parker FRTPI, Ms Kat Salter MRTPI, and Dr Matthew Wargent (University of Reading – Real Estate and Planning, Henley Business School) for:

‘Neighbourhood planning in practice’ (Lund Humphries Publishers).

 

Consultancy Award

Mr Myles Smith MRTPI (Lichfields, Birmingham), for:

‘Planned up and be counted’.

 

Practitioner Research Fund

First award:

Mr James McGowan (Lichfields, London), for:

‘A Study into the Relationship between the Built Environment and Mental Health in the UK and Potential Policy Outcomes.’

Second award:

Mrs Marijke Ransom MRTPI (Tasman District Council, New Zealand), for:

Developing an ecosystem services or natural capital valuation and derived planning tool for the NZ context.

Shortlisted Entries

Student Award

  • Mr Michael Brooke (University of Cape Town, School of Architecture Planning and Geomatics), for:

The InterCHANGE|FACE - Understanding the role of the Interchange in the Local Urban Environment.’ (Masters Dissertation)

  • Ms Jessica Ilunga (University of Cape Town, School of Architecture Planning and Geomatics), for:

The role of radical planning in urban justice: Bridging the gap between formal and substantive rights of citizens in Cape Town.’ (Masters Dissertation)

  • Ms Eleanor Rawsthorne (University of Liverpool, School of Environmental Sciences), for:

The impact of changing housing need calculations on housing delivery in Local Planning Authorities: an English case study.’ (Masters Dissertation)

Early Career Academic Award

  • Dr Sarah Bissett Scott MRTPI (Anglia Ruskin University) for:

Spatial Justice’: towards a values-led framework of regeneration outcomes in UK Planning.’ (DPS Thesis)

  • Dr Edward Shepherd MRTPI (University of Reading, Real Estate & Planning, Henley Business School) for:

Liberty, property and the state: The ideology of the institution of English town and country planning’ (Published in Progress in Planning)

  • Mr Tianren Yang AssocRTPI (University of Cambridge) for his work with Dr Haozhi Pan, Prof Geoffrey Hewings (University of Illinois, Regional Economics Applications Laboratory) and Dr Ying Jin (University of Cambridge):

Understanding urban sub-centers with heterogeneity in agglomeration economies—where do emerging commercial establishments locate?’ (Published in Progress in Planning)

Academic Award

  • Dr Neil Harris MRTPI, Mr Brian Webb AssocRTPI and Dr Robert Smith (Cardiff University - School of Geography and Planning), for:

The changing role of household projections: exploring policy conflict and ambiguity in planning for housing’ (Published in Town Planning Review)

  • Prof Shenjing He, Dr Dong Wang, Prof Chris Webster and Prof Kwong Wing Chau (University of Hong Kong - Department of Urban Planning & Design, Faculty of Architecture), for:

Property rights with price tags? Pricing uncertainties in the production, transaction and consumption of China’s small property right housing’ (Published in Land Use Policy)

  • Prof Claudio De Magalhães, Dr Sonia Freire-Trigo, Prof Nick Gallent FRTPI (University College London – The Bartlett School of Planning), Ms Kath Scanlon and Prof Christine Whitehead HonMRTPI (London School of Economics), for:

Planning Risk and Development - How greater planning certainty would affect residential development.’ (RTPI Research Paper)

Sir Peter Hall Award for Public Engagement

  • Prof Brendan Murtagh MRTPI and Dr Andrew Grounds (Queen's University Belfast – Planning School of Natural and Built Environment), for:

Social economics regeneration and place making’ (Published by Routledge)

  • Mrs Teresa Strachan MRTPI and her students (Newcastle University), for:

'Canny Planners': An engagement workshop focussing on Hot Food Takeaway outlets on the High Street.’ (Series of workshops)

Consultancy Award

  • Miss Rachel Clements MRTPI (Lichfields – London), for:

Refused for Good Reason?’ (Published by Lichfields)

  • Mr Daniel Gregg MRTPI (Lichfields – Newcastle), for:

Town Centres: Planning for the Future.’ (Published by Lichfields)

  • Mr Martin Taylor (Lichfields – London), for:

Local Choices? Housing delivery through Neighbourhood Plans.’ (Published by Lichfields)

Practitioner Research Fund

  • Mr Julian Jackson MRTPI (Independent Consultant), for:

Why do some Neighbourhood Plan Groups take a long time to prepare their Neighbourhood Plans or fail to complete the task?

  • Mr Oscar Wong (UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative), for:

Strategic Legacy Planning for Mega-events to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals: Critical Lessons Learnt from London Olympics 2012 and Rio 2016 for Tokyo 2020.

Commended entries

Highest score across all categories but not shortlisted

Dr Philipp Horn (University of Sheffield) with:

‘Indigenous Rights to the City: Ethnicity and Urban Planning in Bolivia and Ecuador’

Presented for the Early Academic award

Highest score across all categories

Dr Guibo Sun for his work with Prof.  Chris Webster and Xiaohu Zhang (Hong Kong University - Department of Urban Planning & Design, Faculty of Architecture):

‘Connecting the city: A three-dimensional pedestrian network of Hong Kong’ (Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science) 

Presented for the Early Academic award

Special mention for originality and focus on practical application

Dr Linda Robson MRTPI, Prof Sharon Biermann, Assoc Prof Rachel Cardell-Oliver, Assoc Prof Doina Olaru, Dr Kirsten Martinus, Dr Brett Smith, Dr Sae Chi, Dr Chao Sun (University of Western Australia),Mr Tristan Reed (Curtin University), Assoc Prof Ferry Jie, Prof Craig Standing (Edith Cowen University), Ms Candice Parson (Arup - Perth) for:

‘RailSmart Planning Support System’ (railsmart.patrec.org). (Presented for the Academic award)