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Our 2019 Awards Judges


The Awards for Research Excellence would not be possible were it not for the hard work of our excellent Judges behind the scenes every year. They have volunteered their time to read and judge entries according to their personal and professional expertise. This year we have a mix with many returning, and some new Judges.



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Samer Bagaeen Jan Bessell Mike Biddulph

Prof. Samer Bagaeen


Jan Bessell


Dr. Mike Biddulph


Prof. Bagaeen is Thought Leadership Relationships Manager with RICS London. He is also Founding Professor of Planning & Urban Resilience at the University of Kent, and previously worked as Associate Director for the Rockfeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities programme. Samer is a Councillor on Brighton and Hove City Council. As a researcher and practitioner, Samer is a huge supporter of the research awards'  drive to make academic research accessible to practitioners.


Twitter: @samerbagaeen 

Jan is a Strategic Planning Advisor at Pinsent Masons Law Firm. She is a Fellow of the RTPI and has been engaged widely in the Institute's policy and practice. For Jan the Research Awards push the boundaries and innovation of the profession and practice in action – analogous to the field to plate movement, but bringing research to action.



Mike taught and published on planning and in particular topics linked to urban design at the Universities of Liverpool and Cardiff for 23 years. He organised the first UK and Ireland Planning Research Conference in Manchester in 1994, when it was a conference for new academics in planning. He currently works as an urban designer for Cardiff Council.

Twitter: @BiddulphMike 

Sue Bridge Harry Burchill Robbie Calvert

Sue Bridge

BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI

Harry Burchill


Robbie Calvert

BSc (Hons) MSc

Sue Bridge is a Fellow of the RTPI, Chair of the RTPI's Board of Trustees and Director of Sue Bridge Consulting Ltd. For her, 'the RTPI's Research Awards are the showcase for the Institute as a learned society. They demonstrate the depth and strength of the planning profession from the best in student dissertations to papers from our learned colleagues in academia and extensive research from planning practitioners in consultancies and elsewhere.'


Twitter: @SueBridge_ 

Harry Burchill is Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Canadian Institute of Planners. With a background as a planner in local government and as a policy officer for the RTPI, Harry has gained a broad experience of planning policy and implementation at the local and national level. He strongly believes in giving recognition the best planning projects, and the Planning Awards do so by showcasing to the wider world what good planning is capable of.

Twitter: @HarryBurchill

Robbie is the Policy and Practice Officer at RTPI Scotland. His research background in planning includes topics such as green infrastructure, renewable energy and governance. He believes the research awards are a great way to highlight and celebrate the fantastic work being done throughout the country and internationally. The awards can also help foster collaboration and exchange between different types of planning research and translate research in professional practice and policy formation.

Twitter: @calvertplans

Rebecca Chiu

Andrew Coleman

Trudi _Elliott

Prof. Rebecca Chiu


Andrew Coleman


Trudi Elliott


Professor Chiu is Head and Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Design, Director of Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning, and Belt and Road Urban Observatory, of the Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong. Her current major research interests are housing and urban sustainability, comparative Asian housing policies; China's urbanization, and ageing communities.


Andrew is a Senior Lecturer on the MSc Town Planning course at the University of Brighton and an independent planning and environmental consultant, working on integrated water management and flood risk management projects. He believes the Awards are important to highlight research that will be useful to practitioners.


Twitter: @theplanorak


Trudi Chairs the Board of the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales, and is a commissioner with the UK2070 commission. She Is a Visiting Professor at The University of Reading's Department of Real Estate and Planning and Patron of the Commonwealth Association of Planners. Until March 2018, Trudi was Chief Executive of the RTPI. She has formally held roles as Director of the Government Office for the West Midlands and Chief Executive of West Midlands Regional Assembly, as well as being a chartered town planner.


James Fennell

Nick Gallent

Peter Geraghty

Jim Fennell


Prof. Nick Gallent


Dr. Peter Geraghty


Jim is the Chief Executive of Lichfields - he has been involved on lots major development projects throughout the UK and oversees. He is a keen advocate of the Research Awards as he considers they demonstrate the wider role the profession has in innovative thinking and shaping the future.


Twitter: @JimFennell1

Nick is Head of the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL.  He researches, writes and teaches on the subjects of housing, rural places and rural communities. About the awards, he says: 'Good planning needs good evidence – so it's vitally important that the RTPI supports and promotes the best planning research.'


Twitter: @gallent_n

Peter is Director of Planning and Transport at Southend on Sea Borough Council. He was President of the RTPI 2013-14 and Chair of the RTPI's International Committee 2014-17. The Research Awards are a great opportunity to showcase the work that informs planning practice. Without this research planning practice would not evolve and improve.

Twitter: @planitpres

Neil Harris Meeta Kaur Manuela Madeddu

Dr. Neil Harris


Meeta Kaur


Dr. Manuela Madeddu


Neil researches and teaches planning in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. He is a Chartered Town Planner and his research reflects his interests in both theory and practice. His latest research focuses on various aspects of planning regulation, including planning enforcement.


Twitter: @drneilharris

Meeta Kaur is a dual qualified town planner and planning solicitor.  She is a founding partner of boutique planning law firm, Town Legal and a former Westminster Council planning officer.  Meeta has experience of working on a wide range of development schemes, but specialises in large-scale mixed use development in London and across England, advising on all planning law and related issues.  She sits on the board of trustees of the RTPI and is chair of the RTPI's Membership and Ethics Committee.


Manuela is Senior Lecturer in Urban Design at the University of Liverpool (London Campus).  She practised as an architect and urban designer in Italy and the UK before embarking on a teaching and research career at London South Bank University in 2007.  Her research interests locate at the interface between urban form and culture, with recent projects focused on the use of public spaces, a comparison of housing standards in Italy and England, and the impacts of Feng Shui on domestic and public spaces within Chinese cities.


Twitter: @ManuelaMadeddu1

Chris Maidment Geoff Payne Chris Potts

Dr. Chris Maidment


Geoff Payne


Chris Potts


Chris' background straddles academia and practice. After a PhD at the University of Sheffield, looking at the relationship between the public interest and plan-making, he currently teaches future planners at Anglia Ruskin University. His research currently focuses on two different themes; the professional capacity of planners, and the implementation of SUDs. For him, the Research Awards are an opportunity to highlight innovative research; research that will shape the future of planning practice.


Twitter: @ChrisSMaidment

Geoffrey Payne is a housing and urban development consultant with nearly five decades of experience covering all regions of the world. He has undertaken research, consultancy and capacity building for international agencies, governments and academic institutions, published widely and contributed to numerous conferences, as well as being a lecturer and course director in various academic institutions. He is a founding member of Geoffrey Payne and Associates, and adviser to the President of the UK Built Environment Advisory Group.


Twitter: @GeoffKPayne

Chris is a director in the planning division and head of Savills Cardiff office. Chris specialises in major sports and leisure regeneration projects.
Chris led the planning consultancy for global sporting events. He has worked on major projects such as London 2012 Olympic Games. Chris also specialises in providing new stadia advice for professional sports teams. Chris is a member of the RTPI Cymru Management board, which he chaired in 2012, and has been appointed to Ministerial Advisory Groups regarding changes to the planning system.


Twitter: @CPottsPlanning

Chris Poulton Lindsay Richards Mark Scott

Chris Poulton


Lindsey Richards


Prof. Mark Scott

 BSc DipTP PhD

Chris Poulton is team leader on the Government's Social Housing Green Paper at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Previously, he led on developer contributions (Community Infrastructure Levy), developing reforms of the levy and planning obligations. Chris has over 18 years of experience working on strategic planning issues, including ten years in central Government. Prior to that he worked on planning policy for economy and housing for the Mayor of London.

Lindsey is Head of Planning at Homes England, She has a had a long career in the public sector and is a Fellow of the RTPI. She thinks that the Research awards are important as they clearly demonstrate that the profession is supported by wide ranging, robust and highly topical research which directly influences how we create places and communities.

Twitter: @LARichards23

Mark is Professor of Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy at University College Dublin. Mark has over 20 years experience as a researcher, and this is his third year as a Judge for the Awards, stating that: "The awards serve to demonstrate how research is essential to challenging and informing planning policy and practice.


Olivier Sykes

Stefano Smith Corinne Swain

Dr. Olivier Sykes


Stefano Smith


Corinne Swain

OBE MA(Cantab) MPhil FRTPI

Olivier Sykes is an associate professor in European spatial planning at the University of Liverpool and the current head of the University's planning research group. His work focusses primarily on the Europeanization of planning systems and aspects of comparative planning and urban policy. He has worked on research projects in Europe and with partners from other global regions. He has been invited to teach or examine at a range of institutions including Paris Sorbonne University, the University of Valencia, University College Cork, and the Politenico di Milano.


Stefano is the Founding Director of Stefano Smith Planning, with over 30 years UK professional experience in leading planning teams. He is a Chartered Fellow of the RTPI, and an active member of the Institute. Stefano is a strong and consistent advocate of inter-professional and disciplinary collaboration and working, and the positive promotion of planning. Stefano is an RTPI Board Trustee, Chair of the RTPI's Education and Lifelong Learning Committee and RTPI Future Planners Ambassador. He is also a Member of the RTPI Scotland Executive Committee and former RTPI Scotland Convenor.


Twitter: @stefanosmith15

Dr. Corinne Swain is an Arup Fellow, having previously been Head of Planning there. She has a background in policy and applied planning research, and major infrastructure projects. She firmly believes in the value of breaking down barriers between academics and practitioners, and raising awareness of research findings that can usefully inform practice.



Laura Waterton

Georgia Butina

David Webb

Laura Waterton


Prof. Georgia Watson


Dr. David Webb


Laura Waterton is a chartered town planner currently working for Planning Aid England where she seeks to make the planning system accessible and understandable to the general public, particularly those who have not traditionally been involved with planning. Prior to this she held a range of positions within local government planning departments, where she developed, among other skills, an expertise in planning enforcement and compliance. Her years as Planning Advisor with the National Trust are a testament to her ongoing interest in planning for the natural and historic environment.

Professor Watson is a Professor of Urban Design in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. Her expertise lies in the following areas: place-making; urban regeneration; community development; resilient cities and urban form; healthy cities; place-identity; sustainable cities. The RTPI research awards are an excellent platform for promoting knowledge exchange and innovative research in Planning research and practice.


Dr. Webb is Senior Lecturer in Town Planning at Newcastle University and the Degree Programme Director for the school's Urban Planning degree. He judges that RTPI awards provide an insight into how researchers feel their work can be of value to planning issues and policy, with an impressive scope of submissions covering theoretical, polemical and empirical work. Therefore, the awards are a great way to foster a critical conversation between practitioners and academics on planning's impact on the environment and develop radically new forms of practice.


Olivia Wilson

Dr. Olivia Wilson




Dr. Wilson studied Geography at Durham University (gaining a PhD in 1990) and holds an MA in Town and Country Planning from UWE. She has worked as lecturer in Geography at Otago University (NZ), and De Montfort University and is currently teaching at the University of Plymouth as a lecturer in Geography and spatial planning. In 2004 she worked for Plymouth City Council as a spatial planner.Her experience therefore covers teaching and research in higher education as well as professional planning practice.