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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, members, and planning consultancies around the world.

This year's winners were announced on 2 September at the opening ceremony of the 2019 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference.


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Regular award categories

This year, the following award categories return:

  • Student Award, for undergraduate or masters-level research completed in pursuit of an RTPI-accredited degree
  • Early Career Researcher Award, for PhD students and academics who were awarded their PhD less than five years ago
  • Academic Award, for established planning researchers
  • Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement, which recognises conducting and/or communicating high-quality planning research to audiences beyond academia
  • Planning Consultancy Award, for planning consultancies around the world that employ RTPI members

A new award category: Two practising planners to receive £5,000 research funding


In addition to the established categories, this year sees the introduction of a new category, to which RTPI members who are practicising planners are invited to submit research proposals. Two winners will each receive £5,000 of research funding.

The 2019 awards ceremony, prizes, and sponsors

The 2019 Research Awards Prize Ceremony

Every year, the Research Awards are presented at the opening ceremony of the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, which this year is being hosted by the University of Liverpool. The ceremony will take place on 2nd September, and the conference runs until the 4th September.

Categories supported by Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group)

Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. Its content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, Technology and Medicine, as one of the world's leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, eBooks, text books and reference works. Routledge are sponsoring the winners' prizes for:

  • The Academic Award, which is £350 towards conference attendance, and either a year's subscription to a Taylor & Francis Group journal or a £50 book voucher
  • The Early Career Researcher Award, which is £350 towards conference attendance; and either a year's subscription to a Taylor & Francis Group journal or a £50 book voucher



Categories supported by the Idox Information Service

The Idox Information Service is the first port of call for information and knowledge on public and social policy and practice. As the only service of its kind, it is valued by all those involved in creating, influencing, delivering or researching public and social policy. For 40 years the service has been saving its members time and money, and helping them to make more informed decisions, improve frontline services and understand the policy environment. Idox are sponsoring the winners' prizes for:

  • The Student Award, which is a one year subscription to the Idox Information Service and an iPad mini.
  • The Sir Peter Hall Wider Engagement Award, which is £350 towards one paid conference fee bursary (conference fee and/or reasonable travel and expenses) to a practitioner or policy-focused conference.
  • The Planning Consultancy Award, which is one Planning Convention place and two one year's individual memberships to the Idox Information Service.


Winners of the 2018 Awards

Please see here for details of winning entries from previous years.