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Distinguished planners elected to Academy of Social Sciences

09 April 2010

Three members of the Royal Town Planning Institute have been elected to the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences, the voice of the social sciences in the United Kingdom. The election of these leading planners to the Academy, whose nomination was supported by the RTPI, recognises the key role that planning plays within the social sciences.

The newly elected members of the Academy are:

  • Robert Upton CBE, former Secretary General of the Royal Town Planning Institute and current Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

Sara Drake, Managing Director of the RTPI said:

\"The election of these three distinguished RTPI members to the Academy of Social Sciences demonstrates the high regard that they are held in by their peers, and the key role that planning plays within the social sciences. The Academy plays an invaluable role in raising the profile of the social sciences and we are therefore delighted that Heather, John and Robert have joined it to foster further multidisciplinary exchange and ensure high quality in planning research and professional development.\"

The Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy's mission is to promote social sciences in the United Kingdom for the public benefit, and is composed of Individual Academicians and Learned Societies. Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors.

The Academy responds to Government and other consultations on behalf of the social science community, organises meetings about social science and seminars on topics that span social science disciplines, and sponsors a number of schemes that promote social science and enhance its value to society. Their website is at