The RTPI follows the latest research, trends and knowledge through various planning networks and websites. It I also a member of various learned societies and knowledge institutes. An extensive, yet not exhaustive list of research networks that the RTPI follows and recommends are listed below.
Department for Communities and Local Government
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Learned Societies and Research Networks:
Academy of Social Sciences
The RTPI is a member of the College of Learned Societies in the Academy of Social Sciences. The Academy is the main voice for the social sciences, representing both researchers and practitioners committed to knowledge development and transfer. The RTPI can nominate individuals for Academician status. Members are encouraged to propose individuals who have made significant contributions to the social sciences for consideration - find out more here. On 20 January 2011, the Academy launched its Campaign for Social Science at the House of Lords. The Campaign aims to promote UK social science and increase its visibility in public, media and Parliament in response to the funding changes in research and teaching. An associated appeal is aiming to raise £250, 000 from the social science community to ensure that the Campaign achieves its goals. All social scientists are invited to contribute to the Appeal.
Sustainable Development Research Network
The RTPI is a member of the Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) run by the Policy Studies Institute at the University of Westminster to forge stronger links between researchers in all aspects of sustainable development and policymakers across government. Funded by Defra and the Department for Transport, SDRN publishes regular bulletins detailing research programmes, projects, events, publications and employment opportunities. Other outputs include its Annual Conference and specially commissioned reviews of research.
Catchment Change Network (CCN)
The Catchment Change Network (CCN) brings together research and practice to consider the assessment of future change in river catchment systems. It explores how the latest scientific techniques can be used to manage flood risk, water scarcity and pollution. Network activities include mapping of future research needs in collaboration with a wide variety of potential users, the development of best practice guides and a range of professional training opportunities.