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The informal RTPI Scotland International Group was established in 2019. Its membership is drawn from across Scotland’s planning spectrum and currently includes planners in private practice, public sector, academia, third sector and across young planner networks. All have an interest in planning internationally and some have/currently work on international planning projects. We are always open to new members at all stages of their careers, including non-planners.

Its purpose/remit is neatly summarised in the matrix below, and includes:

  • OUTREACH seminars & events
  • NETWORKS connections & promotion
  • OUTCOMES Case studies & awards
  • THEMES Thought pieces & articles


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Examples of our work to date include:

  • RTPI Awards for Excellence International Judging Panel 2020/2022
  • World Town Planning Day Event at Dundee University 2019
  • ‘Delivery More Homes and Better Places – Learning from Europe’ seminar with the Scottish Land Commission using examples from the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland (2021)
  • ‘One Minute to Midnight – How can Cities adapt to Climate Change?’ – a post COP26 seminar with speakers from Mexico City and Bangladesh (2021)
  • 10 messages from Scotland for planners around the world - a blog from Professor Cliff Hague.
  • 10 messages from the rest of the World to planners in Scotland - a blog from Professor Cliff Hague.
  • Meeting Ian Gilzean – the Scottish Government’s Chief Architect – Scottish Government’s International Work linked to Scotland’s National Planning Framework 4/COP26/Venice Biennale/World Urban Forum in Poland 2022
  • Meeting Fiona Simpson – the Scottish Government’s Chief Planner, and Daisy Narayanan – Head of Placemaking and Mobility at The City of Edinburgh Council – lessons learnt from the World Urban Forum in Katowice 2022 and looking forward to Cairo 2024

Future possible events include:

  • Homelessness and affordable housing in Vancouver (Canada) and Madrid
  • The Design of Public Spaces – exclusivity in Bangladesh
  • Cleaning the Air – lessons from Kazakhstan
  • Social housing in Helsinki
  • Baltic Sea Network


For more information, or to become a member, please contact the group chair Julia Frost:

[email protected]

Tel: 07488448111