The RTPI held a very successful roundtable at the annual Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) conference in Prague last week and one of our members beat a globally strong field to win the award for the best paper published in 2014. Attended by a large audience of international academics, the discussion centred on the relationship between planning research and practice. Five eminent female professors from UK, Dutch, Israeli, and Hong Kong universities led the debate, reporting on the wide range of research that is being undertaken in universities round the world. All agreed that planning is an applied discipline, and that research and practice has to be a two way process.
Professor Wong from Manchester University stated firmly that ‘we need to reclaim our territory, not allow other disciplines to dominate our field, and promote our own work much more’. Chaired by the President of the RTPI, Janet Askew, the debate was also attended by other RTPI staff who had assisted in organising this very successful event.
At conference, RTPI member, Professor Mee-Kam Ng, from the Chinese University of the Hong Kong was awarded the prize for the best published paper this year. Her paper, which was entitled ‘Intellectuals and the production of space in the urban renewal process in Hong Kong and Taipei' was published and is now available (free) in the RTPI’s journal, Planning Theory and Practice 2014. This is a great honour as AESOP is attended by academics from all over the world, and is a showcase for the best in planning research. The RTPI congratulates Mee-Kam Ng for her achievement.
Read the AESOP President's address