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RTPI Awards for Research Excellence

Entries to this year's awards are now closed. 

The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence recognise and promote high quality, impactful, spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies, in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally. You can view previous winners here. 

The awards are intended to: 

  1. Recognise the best spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools and Members; 
  2. Highlight the implications of academic research for policy and practice; 
  3. Recognise the valuable contribution of planning consultancies to planning research; and 
  4. Promote planning research generally. 

Now in their tenth year, the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence continue to recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research carried out by Chartered Members and accredited planning schools from around the world.

Award categories 

Submissions are invited into these four categories:

  • The Sir Peter Hall Award for Research Excellence
  • The Student Award
  • The Early Career Researcher Award
  • The Planning Practitioner Award

Awards Ceremony 

The winners will be announced at a ceremony that will take place during the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference at the Museum of Rural Life, University of Reading, 19:30 on Monday 2nd September.


Meet the judges

Janet Askew MRTPI

Professor of Planning Law, Ulster University

Claudia Carter, MA(Hons) MSc MEd FHEA MRTPI

Professor of Environmental Governance and Planning, Birmingham City University

Henry Cumbers MRTPI

Historic Environment Planning Adviser, Historic England

Dr Neale Blair MRTPI

Senior Lecturer in Planning, Ulster University

Professor Tony Crook CBE FAcSS FRTPI

Emeritus Professor of Town & Regional Planning, Public Orator & Former Pro Vice Chancellor, The University of Sheffield;

Rhys Govier MRTPI

Associate Director in Planning, Savills

Neil Harris MRTPI

Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

Hannah Hickman MRTPI

Associate Professor - Planning Practice, University of the West of England

Kirsty Macari MRTPI

Co-Head of Undergraduate Programmes, DJCAD

Joseph Maphosa MRTPI

Strategic Land Manager,Metis Homes

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones FRTPI

UCL Bartlett Professor of Cities and Regions at the Centre

Stefano Smith FRTPI

Founding Director, Stefano Smith Planning

Eligibility and judging criteria 

Eligibility and judging criteria vary by award category. You can find out more by clicking on the award categories below. 

Number of entries per individual 

Individuals are welcome to submit more than one entry, whether to one or multiple categories. Each entry should be submitted separately through the online application process. 


The deadline for entries was Sunday 12 May. 

Further information