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RTPI Research Awards open for entry with new category for planning consultancies

01 April 2016

The 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence are now open for entries of exemplary planning research from all RTPI accredited planning schools and planning consultancies in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.

This year a new category - the Planning Consultancy Research Award - has been added to recognise the valuable contribution consultancies make to spatial planning research.  All planning consultancies are encouraged to submit entries to the inaugural award.  

Victoria Pinoncely, RTPI Research Officer said:

“We want the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence to recognise and promote quality, impactful spatial planning research from accredited planning schools and planning consultancies to a wider audience of policymakers and practitioners, as it plays such a critical role in shaping planning policy and practice.”

On the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement, Professor Nick Gallent from University College London said: “Many of today’s big ideas in planning, along with many outcomes on the ground, are the product of Peter Hall’s passion for making cities better.  An award for wider engagement and for research that is relevant to policy and practice is a fitting way to celebrate Peter’s legacy.”

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the Town and Country Planning Association said: "As president of the Town and Country Planning Association, Sir Peter Hall bought a tremendous depth of knowledge and passion for creating better places to the organisation and our work.

"His enthusiasm for research and learning makes this award a fitting tribute to Sir Peter as he continues to be an inspiration for future researchers."

The Awards comprise five categories:

  • Academic Award
  • Early Career Researcher Award
  • Student Award
  • Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement
  • New for 2016: Planning Consultancy Award

Entries for the Awards close on 31 May 2016. For more information on how to enter please click here

The RTPI also invites RTPI accredited planning schools to nominate one judge for the Awards. The nomination needs to be received by Friday 15 May.

The list of 2015 winners and commended entries can be seen here.