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UCL’s national movement for high quality in place design wins national research award

08 September 2016

 Research Awards 2016 LogoA national movement campaigning for high quality places brought together by the University College London has won the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement in this year’s RTPI Awards for Research Excellence.

The Place Alliance brings together built environment sector organisations with an interest in place design to build consensus around policy that would lead to high quality places. Organisations involved include the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Royal Institute of British Architects, , English Heritage and the Prince’s Foundation.

 Research Awards 2016 Lace Alliance LogoThe Place Alliance demonstrates the important role universities can play in providing a neutral setting to engage a range of stakeholders from community-led organisations to national government. This has allowed them to build policy consensus about the importance of high quality planning and urban design. Their work has fed directly into the work of the Select Committee for National Policy on the Built Environment which called for a fundamental shift to a place-led approach to policy. 

Research Awards 2016 Winners

The Place Alliance was one of 5 winners at yesterday's ceremony, held during the 2016 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference.

Dr Michael Harris, RTPI’s Head of Research, said:

“The winners and highly commended entries have demonstrated how academic researchers can positively reach out to practitioners and policymakers with insights and finding to inform and influence their work. I am pleased these awards have been able to celebrate such impactful, high quality research again this year.”

Andrew Riley, Chief Operating Officer at Idox plc said:

“Idox is proud to be a sponsor once again of the RTPI’s Awards for Research Excellence. Those recognised today illustrate the best planning research and its relevance to solving the real-world issues that are facing communities in the UK and internationally. On behalf of Idox I would like to extend our congratulations to the commended entries and winners.”

Jonathan Manley, Planning & Urban Studies Journals Publisher at Routledge/Taylor & Francis, said:

‘As RTPI’s publishing partner, Routledge/T&F are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence. We offer hearty congratulations to all of those recognised tonight for their excellence in planning research scholarship.’

Research Awards 2016

List of winners:

Academic Award

Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure & Affordable Housing

Tony Crook, John Henneberry and Christine Whitehead, University of Sheffield;    

Early Career Researcher Award

From brown envelopes to community benefits: the co-option of planning gain under deepening neoliberalism

Linda Fox-Rogers and  Enda Murphy, Queen’s University Belfast, University College Dublin  

Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement

AHRC, CABE, Place Alliance and the House of Lords

Matthew Carmona (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)           

Student Award

Valuing Waste and Wasting Value: Rethinking Planning with Informality by learning from ‘Skarrelers’ in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs

Adam van Heerden,  University of Cape Town          

Planning Consultancy Award

Planning for Infrastructure Research Report

Mark Robertson, Fiona Clandillon, Kirsty Davison, Chris Bell and Neil Collar, Ryden (lead consultants) WSP, Brodies


The winners fought off tough competition from 25 shortlisted entries whittled down from a record 87 entries.                

The RTPI would like to thank the generous sponsors:

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