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George Pepler International Award

The George Pepler International Award (1)

2017 Entries are now closed, the next award will be available to enter in 2018.


The George Pepler International Award, which was offered for the first time in 1973, was established to commemorate the great interest that Sir George Pepler, one of the founders of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1913, had in encouraging younger people in the planning profession. The Award was established to "encourage young people of all nationalities who had a desire to serve their fellow human beings through the medium of town and country planning".

The George Pepler International Award is a bursary granted biennially to a person in their first ten years of post-qualification experience wishing to undertake a short period of study (3-4 weeks) on a particular aspect of spatial planning. The study consists of live blog posts, images and video during the visit and a written report at completion.

  • It is open to those that are wishing to travel to either the UK or anywhere in the world that supports their study.
  • The £2,000 bursary will be distributed in two equal parts, £1,000 up front and £1,000 at completion of the project and report. 
  • The award is not confined to members or students of the RTPI and was last granted in 2014.

2016/2017 Winner

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We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2016/2017 George Pepler Award is; Isobel Bruun-Kiaer for her submission - Building the Path to Climate Resilience: A study into the role of spatial planning in paving the way to resilience to climate change in the city of Tauranga in New Zealand. Isobel will be based in Tauranga early this year and will meet with stakeholders to further her understanding of how they will work together to balance competing local economic, social and environmental priorities. Throughout her research the following questions will be explored in further detail:

1.    How is climate change (risk and resilience) articulated in existing (and forthcoming) policy strategies?
2.    Which public, private and third sector stakeholders are involved?
3.    How are these stakeholders interacting together at a practical level?
4.    When compared to lessons from European cities, what recommendations can be drawn for future practical and policy action?

Isobel will keep everyone updated throughout her travels with regular social media and blog posts. We very much look forward to seeing Isobel's study progress and what we can learn and take away from her experience in Tauranga. The full report will be published at the commencement of the study and will be available online. In the meantime, watch our twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates.

Read Isobel's Blog


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