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RTPI announces new essay competition

11 December 2015

RTPI Essay PrizeWe are pleased to announce the call for the RTPI’s Essay Prize 2015. 

About the RTPI essay prize

The RTPI Essay Prize is the Institute's competition for original and insightful writing that helps to develop new thinking in planning and related issues, and so advance our understanding of the art and science of town and country planning in the public interest. The Prize reflects the Institute's status as a learned society, in addition to its role as a membership organisation, Chartered Institute and charity.

'Developing an innovation economics for planning'

This year's subject is: 'Developing an innovation economics for planning'.

Entrants are asked to explore the possibilities of an 'innovation economics for planning' – that is, a stronger economic understanding of how, as a state-led activity, planning can help to stimulate and coordinate investments that contribute to entrepreneurship and innovation, and the subsequent value this can create for society.

  • The closing date for entries is 19th February 2016.
  • The winning entry will receive £1,000. Commended entries will receive £500 each.
  • Entries should be no longer than 5,000 words.
  • We particularly encourage entries from postgraduate students and early career researchers.

If you are interested in submitting an entry, please read the guidance for entrants.

Entries and enquiries should be sent to:

A flyer for this year's RTPI Essay Prize can also found here.