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Launch of RTPI Diversity & Inclusion in the Planning Profession Survey

06 September 2019

A major pillar of the draft RTPI 2020-2030 Corporate Strategy is to support and promote better representation of our wider community at all levels of the profession. The RTPI has commissioned specialist consultants, Brook Graham to help us and the wider profession understand any barriers that people from diverse and minority groups encounter when considering joining the planning profession, or when seeking to progress their careers. An important part of forming this understanding is through a quick survey, which is open to all our RTPI members and non-members, published today.  (The scope of the current study is limited to those presently working within the planning profession).  

Victoria Hills, MRTPI, FICE, CEO The Royal Town Planning Institute says:

“I personally urge members to complete this survey,  particularly those from less well represented backgrounds to enable the RTPI to identify and support the removal of barriers to professional development within the profession, in line with one of our top key aims of the new 2020-2030 Corporate Strategy.”     

Please help us to form a picture of what is needed to create a fully inclusive environment for all diverse groups including females, males, non-binary,  LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender), BAME (black and minority ethnic), colleagues of any age, religious preferences and those with any disability.  

The short online survey of approximately 20 questions takes around 10-15 minutes to complete. Everything you tell us is in confidence and responses cannot be tracked and attributed to individuals.

The data will be managed by an external partner (Brook Graham) - the results will be anonymous.

  • Please be as open and honest in your responses as possible and include comments as we would like to hear about your experiences.
  • If you use the ‘save and continue’ function, you will need to enter your email address to use this feature, however it will not be saved on the system once you have completed the survey.
  • Each section includes the option for you to input further information.

You can complete the survey on your mobile phone (iPhone, Android); tablet, laptop or PC – at any time, work or home.


Survey Link:

You just need to visit to take part. The survey opens on 6 September and is of a limited size, so please take part as quickly as possible.