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RTPI Members awarded fellowship of the Academy of Social Services

21 October 2014

The RTPI is delighted that three members have been awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The Academy of Social Sciences is the National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies and Practitioners in the Social Sciences. It has around 1000 individual Fellows, who are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. They are awarded Fellowship status after peer group review of the standing and impact of their work and evaluation of their contribution to wider social science. Fellows are entitled to use the post-nominal letters 'FAcSS'. The following leading lights from Planning were made Fellows:


Corinne Swain OBE

Corinne Swain is Vice-Chair of the RTPI’s English Policy Panel.

Corinne was educated at Cambridge and UCL and is a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She is a former Director and Head of Planning at Arup, and now holds an Arup Fellowship, focusing on knowledge sharing and research. She is currently also one of the Government Office for Science’s eight-member Foresight Project on the Future of Cities. In recognition of her leading work, she was created OBE for services to planning in 2000.

Corinne Swain OBE

Corinne Swain OBE


Professor Armando Carbonell

The RTPI has recognised that Professor Carbonell’s work is influential globally and has awarded him Honorary Membership.

Senior Fellow and Chair in Planning and Urban Forum, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, USA a leading international research organisation facilitating analysis and discussion of land use and taxation issues. Professor Carbonell is a leading figure in international research into land use and taxation. He has promoted better understanding and practice of spatial planning internationally, including the World Urban Forum, the Global Planners’ Network, and the America 2050 project.


Professor Philip Allmendinger

Professor Philip Allmendinger of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College.

Professor Allmendinger is a Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor, and is one of the leading planning theorists whose work has had strong links to policy. He has published extensively on spatial planning, planning theory, policy and practice, land and property regulation, housing and local government. He has a particular interest in post-modernism and its implications for planning theory and practice.

He has been a member of the Economic and Social Research Council Research Grants Board and a member of the Department Communities and Local Government Housing Markets and Planning Expert Panel.