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About RTPI research

The RTPI holds a unique position in relation to planning as a professional membership body, a charity and a learned institute. We have a responsibility to promote the research needs of spatial planning in the UK, Ireland and internationally.

The Institute plays a number of roles in relation to planning research:

  • User – drawing on existing research evidence to inform our policy positions and practice advice
  • Disseminator – acting as a 'bridge' between research, policy and practice
  • Researcher – adding to the evidence base through in-house research and policy analysis (see our projects here)
  • Commissioner – funding and supporting targeted research projects, particularly those of relevance to practitioners and policymakers (see open research tenders)
  • Guider and influencer – promoting a stronger evidence base in planning, for example, through our academic journal Planning Theory and Practice.

Current research priorities

In early 2019 we published our Research Programme for 2019-21. Based on a major consultation with members and stakeholders, it sets out priority topics for research as well as the principles guiding our research.

RTPI Awards for Research Excellence

The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies, in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.

Previous winners of the RTPI Research Awards can be found here.

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