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Aim and eligibility 

This award is aimed at established researchers. This year, it is open to two groups: 

  1. Academic staff employed by RTPI accredited planning schools (but do not need to be RTPI members), and;  
  2. Academic staff who are RTPI members, but are not working in an accredited planning school. 


One piece of work represents one entry, and each individual entry must be submitted separately through the online application form, with a 250 word ‘research summary’. 

Entries must have been first published between 1 April 2023 and 1 April 2024. 

Judging criteria 

Entries to this category will be judged on the strength of the publication submitted. Entrants should use the ‘research summary’ section of the submission portal to draw the judges’ attention to these criteria. 

  1. Relevance: addresses issues and themes of current concern and relevance to spatial planning. 
  2. Robustness & methodology: evidence of a robust understanding of the current state of knowledge, and sound methodological reflection leading to the choice of an appropriate methodology and methods, an understanding of the theoretical stakes, critical thinking and a structured analysis.  
  3. Outcomes: clearly presented results that respond to the research question and contribute to the better understanding of the subject.