Research into the role of radical planning in urban justice in South Africa, how a three-dimensional pedestrian network reshapes connectivity of high-density cities in Hong Kong, and the relationship between the built environment and mental health, are among the projects in this year’s RTPI Awards for Research Excellence shortlist.
Projects on planning for future town centres, housing delivery through neighbourhood plans, and strategic legacy planning for mega-events to achieve sustainable development goals, have also been shortlisted, reflecting the diversity of issues research is currently trying to improve planning practice on.
Twenty-three projects have been shortlisted from a total of 66 entries. They are competing across six categories: Planning Consultancy Award, Academic Award, Early Career Researcher Award, Student Award, the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement, and a new category for 2019: the Practitioners Research Fund, which awards research funding to practitioner members of the RTPI.
The Awards recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, RTPI members, and planning consultancies around the world. Matching this global outlook, this year’s shortlist includes research from the UK, Hong Kong, South Africa and New Zealand.
Dr Daniel Slade, who leads the RTPI’s work on the Awards, said:
"To be effective, just, and respond to society’s greatest challenges, planning practice needs high quality and critical planning research. This year’s shortlist shows that planning schools, RTPI members and consultancies are producing this in abundance. It’s also wonderful to see such diversity - in terms of topics, geographies, and entrants."
The winners will be announced during the opening ceremony of the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference at the University of Liverpool on 2 September 2019.
The full list of finalists is available here. See who won last year’s awards.