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PERN Bulletin 5/2011

New issue of Planning Theory and Practice available

The latest issue of Planning Theory and Practice is now online. This edition features an editorial by Jenny Crawford and an article by Neil Harris which considers planning regulation from a Foucaultian perspective. Read the issue here.

You can also now access some of the most frequently downloaded articles from planning and urban studies journals for free. A selection of seventy-five articles from publications including International Planning Studies, Planning Theory and Practice, European Planning Studies and Regional Studies can be downloaded here.

Campaign for Social Science Roadshows date alteration

The Campaign for Social Science (CfSS) Roadshow for London has been rearranged, and will now take place on 27 June 2011 at UCL. The Roadshow will be introduced by the Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant, and include presentations by Professor Cary Cooper and Professor Tony Crook. Further details can be found on the CfSS website.

UN Habitat Partner University Initiative meeting

UN Habitat and the University of Westminster will host the first global workshop of the Habitat Partner University Initiative from 16-18 May 2011. The meeting aims to lay the foundation for a sustainable Initiative, and agree on the priority areas of the Initiative in the fields of education, training, research and knowledge management. If you are interested in participating, contact the secretariat at, or look at the website for more information.

Editors needed for two Society for Research into Higher Education journals

The Society for Research into Higher Education is looking for editors for two of its main journals: Studies in Higher Education and Research into Higher Education Abstracts. Editors would have responsibility for initiating and overseeing publications to their completion, ensuring the highest standards and adherence to publication timetables. More information is available here.

Current research on localism

The RTPI is interested to hear of any recent research papers or projects relevant to the Localism agenda. If you are working on any research in this field, please let us know by emailing, as it would help us greatly in our policy work at the Institute.

RTPI Planning Awards 2011

The RTPI Planning Awards 2011 are now open for entries in all categories, including Planning Consultancy of the Year and Young Planner of the Year. The Education Award has three categories for excellence in planning education; outstanding student achievement in planning education; and commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. The closing date is 31 May 2011 (or 15 July 2011 for student entries) and all entries should be submitted online at

Planners appointed to Panel to assess UK planning research

Following the appointment of Professor Alan Penn of University College London to chair the panel responsible for assessing the quality and impact of UK university research in architecture, planning and the built environment, the members of the panel have been announced. Five of the twenty-three panel members are RTPI members: Professor David Adams, Professor Simin Davoudi, Professor Cecilia Wong, Professor Katie Williams and William McKee, Chairman Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation. See the full list here.

St Andrews Sustainability Institute knowledge network

The St Andrews Sustainability Institute at the University of St Andrews is aiming to develop a cross UK knowledge network to link up universities with an active research, teaching and/or knowledge exchange capacity in sustainable development. E-mail: for more information, or take a look at the Institute's website.

New planning Academician appointed

The RTPI congratulates Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, who has been newly elected as an Academician at the Academy of Social Sciences.

Other publications

JRF Report on Climate Change Vulnerability

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published Vulnerability to heatwaves and drought: adaptation to climate change by a team from consultancy AEA and the University of Surrey. It highlights the the concept of vulnerability to climate change within the context of social justice, and examines two case studies of adaptation in south west England. Download the report here.

Latest edition of Society Now published

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has produced its latest edition of Society Now, which includes the latest social science research being undertaken by the UKs leading social scientists. This issue includes news on research into the educational gap between rich and poor children in the UK, and an interview with Professor Judith Rees on local, national and global initiatives to tackle climate change. Read it online.

Other events

Localism: embracing the culture of community-led planning

This event run by Kingston University intends to highlight the opportunities that current changes can bring to the planning profession. The workshop takes place on 10 May 2011 and sessions will discuss the potential contribution of planners for delivering successful community involvement. Visit the website for more information and registration details.

New perspectives on planning theory

This one-day conference at UWE, in Bristol, aims to provide an engaging and supportive environment for discussing the latest developments in planning theory. The event takes place on 12 May 2011 and further details and registration information can be found on the conference website.

Green and blue space adaptation for urban areas and eco-towns project final conference

The Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco-towns (GRaBS) project holds its final conference on 8 June 2011 in London. The conference will focus on how green and blue infrastructure can help areas adapt to projected climate change scenarios, and consider the development of a Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment Tool. To book a place at the event, contact Michael McLean or call +44 207 930 8903.

The future of UK waste policy

A seminar organised by the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum (WEET) is being held on 9 June 2011. The event will consider the impact of the Governments Review of Waste Policy and consider the strategies that need to be pursued in order to deliver the Governments aim of a zero waste economy by 2020. Find out more or book a place online.

Planning Research Conference

The annual Planning Research Conference, organised by UK/Ireland planning schools is being hosted by the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University from 12-14 September 2011. Keynote speakers include Kelvin Macdonald and Simin Davoudi. The theme is Planning Resilient Communities in Challenging Times. It will explore the role and remit of planning in responding to climate change and associated environmental issues; financial constraints, access to credit and economic uncertainty; political and security disorders; the effects of social polarisation and migration upon community cohesion; and, challenges to existing patterns of governance and leadership styles.Visit the conference webpage for more information.