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Guide to Working Internationally (February 2017) contains general information, tips and relevant contacts for working in planning around the world. The guide is for individual members and independent consultancies looking to expand beyond the UK and Ireland.

Planning China's future: How planners are contributing to growth and development (December 2015). This SPIRe project examines evidence from China to show the significant economic, social and environmental value that a robust planning system can bring.The full report and summary from this research are available.

Planning as 'market maker': How planning is used to stimulate development in Germany, France and the Netherlands (November 2015) This SPIRe project explores how proactive planning can improve the quantity and quality of development in the built environment. The full report and summary from this research are available.

Delivering better planningDelivering Better Development: The Role of the Urban and Rural Planner (November 2015) A guide for non-planners including politicians, community leaders, architects, engineers and environmentalists. Sets out a very powerful case for the part planning and planners can play in helping to tackle some of key challenges we face globally.


Worldwide Value of Planning (2013) Explains how planning can play a vital role by: promoting healthy cities; protecting and enhancing green infrastructure; providing for new transport systems; ensuring good quality housing; connecting renewable energy; and engaging communities in designing their environments.

The Charter of European Planning (2013) European Council of Spatial Planners (RTPI is a founding member). Updates the 2003 Charter of Athens. Sets out a common and widely shared vision on the future of European cities, and a framework for implementation, promoting a more pro-active role for planners in shaping public debate.


Disaster Booklet 2015 ImageThe Built Environment Professions in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response: A Guide for Humanitarian Agencies (2009) RICS, ICE, RIBA and RTPI. Demonstrates the value of using built environment professionals more widely in disaster risk reduction and response and giving early attention to engaging the right expertise to address the problems of building, infrastructure and land in order to achieve sustainable recovery and development.


Self-diagnostic Assessments of the Capacity for Planning Worldwide, Key Findings Report (2008) Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, CAP and RTPI GPN. A tool designed to help planners around the world assess their capacity to respond to the challenges of urban growth. The Self-Diagnostic Tool to Assess Planning Capacity has been developed by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Commonwealth Association of Planners.