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This prize is a new award for RTPI NI and replaced the Joanne Mathers award in 2016. The award is presented annually to the student with the highest mark in Ulster University's MSci in Planning, Regeneration and Development.


Congratulations to the 2023 recipient Aoife Byrne for her research project entitled

"Pedestrianisation of Belfast City Centre: A Help, Hindrance or Both?"


Past recipients

2022 Conor Campbell: "Exploring the emergence of co-production in planning on the island of Ireland"

2021 Lisa Curran: "Competition or Co-operation? Evaluating Cross-border Planning and Delivery of Greenways on the island of Ireland"

2020 Sarah Hamilton; "The Value of Green Infrastructure: Planning for Cross-border Contexts"

2019  Anna Sheils; "The Last Resort for Portrush?  Tourism-led Regeneration at the Northern Ireland Coast"

2018  Leonia Ratajczak; "Climate Change: Can communities count? An investigation to explore how the transition movement can engage with planning policies for climate change"

2017 Philip Gordon; "The relationship between children's health and access to urban green space"

2016 Aine McCrudden; "Frack to the Future"