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Curtain call: use of theatre in planning research wins national research award

09 September 2015

A research project on planning that uses a theatrical play as a means to explore people’s reaction to the planning process has been awarded the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement in this year’s RTPI Awards for Research Excellence.

As one of four category winners, the project demonstrated high quality, impactful spatial planning research with clear implications for policy and practice. The other categories are: the Academic Award, Early Career Researcher Award and the Student Award.

Janet Askew, RTPI President said:

"The RTPI’s Awards for Research Excellence are an important way of increasing the links between practice and research.  I am delighted to see that this research, often carried out in conjunction with practitioners and communities, really can make an impact to create better places.  By recognising this, we can show Government and the public that students and academics in our accredited planning schools are working on very relevant research which will make a difference.” 

 

The full list of winners is:

Academic Award

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Winner

Professor Matthew Carmona, The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London – Re-theorising Contemporary Public Space: A New Narrative and a New Normative

Highly Commended

Professor Matthew Carmona, The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London – London’s Local High Streets: The Problems, Potential and Complexities of Mixed Street Corridors

Highly commended: Professor Bo-sin Tang, and Dr Winky K.O. Ho, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong – Land-use Planning and Market Adjustment Under De-industrialization: Restructuring of Industrial Space in Hong Kong

 

Jonathan Manley, Publisher, Routledge Planning & Urban Studies Journals said:

“Routledge is dedicated to publishing and supporting the highest quality academic research the field of spatial planning, policy and practice. As such we are proud to sponsor the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Academic Award. Congratulations to the winner Matthew Carmona."

 

Early Career Researcher Award

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Winner

Dr Mick Lennon, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin – The Utilization of Environmental Knowledge in Land Use Planning: Drawing Lessons for an Ecosystem Services Approach

This paper was co-authored with Dr Richard Cowell, School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University.

Highly Commended

Dr Linda Fox-Rogers, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin – Informal Strategies of Power in the Local Planning System

This paper was co-authored with Dr Enda Murphy, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin

 

Jonathan Manley, Publisher, Routledge Planning & Urban Studies Journals said:

“Routledge is dedicated to supporting the development of early career academics within the research community. As such we are very proud to sponsor the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Early Career Research Award. Congratulations to both Mick Lennon and Linda Fox-Rogers.

 

Student Award

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Winner

Emma Thorpe, School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University – Getting Wales Active: Exploring Secondary School Students’ Attitudes Towards Active Commuting

Highly Commended

Andrew Dowell, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow – An Investigation of Public Realm Provision, in Particular Shared Public Space, within Urban Waterfront Regeneration and Analysis of Success with Reference to Two Clyde Riverside Areas

 

 Andrew Riley, Chief Operating Officer, Idox plc said:

“The development of a new generation of talented young researchers is vital and we are pleased to be working with the RTPI in recognising gifted planning research students who are early in their careers. Emma Thorpe from Cardiff University produced research with impact. Her work can be used by planners to develop more effective active travel planning policies."

 

Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement

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Winner

Dr Paul Cowie, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University – The Town Meeting

Image: (L-R) Dr Paul Cowie pictured with Brad McCormick and Katy Vanden from Cap-a-Pie. 

Highly Commended

Dr Lee Crookes, Dr Andy Inch, Marion Oveson, Jason Slade, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield, and Tracey Hawley-Kirkby, Vice-chairperson, Westfield Big Local – The Westfield Action Research Project

 

Andrew Riley, Chief Operating Officer, Idox plc said:

“Innovation comes from doing and seeing things differently. Dr Paul Cowie’s project, The Town Meeting, which has received The Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement, offers a creative perspective on public engagement and is bringing the complexities of planning policy to life for the public in a way which is new and exciting.”

 

The RTPI would like to thank the generous sponsors:

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