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Cecilia Wong FRTPI

Professor of Spatial Planning, Manchester University. Director of the Spatial Policy and Analysis Lab, Manchester Urban Institute.

" Fellowship confirms the value of academic research in informing planning policy and practice as well as the importance of nurturing the next generation of planners in the UK and around the world. I hope that the planning academic community will be encouraged and more of us will become Fellows of the Institute. "

Cecilia Wong FRTPI Photo

Where did your career start?

After practising at Liverpool City Council and Cleveland County Council in the early stages of my career, I became a member of the RTPI in 1991. My academic research career began at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University where I started my research on indicators for different central government departments. I joined the University of Manchester in 1993.

What is your biggest career highlight?

I have worked to raise the quality of planning education and have been a member of the RTPI's Lifelong Learning Committee and Spatial Planning Task Group. I have been external examiner of the masters programmes at various major RTPI accredited planning schools (Sheffield, UCL, Newcastle, Cardiff, Glasgow) since 2002.

My current work on the analysis of UK spatial structure for the RTPI continues to inform debates over the need for a national spatial planning framework to coordinate infrastructure development and strategic decisions.

Why did you become a Fellow?

It is a great honour to be elected to Fellowship of the RTPI, which was beyond my imagination when I first left Hong Kong to embark on my postgraduate planning studies at Liverpool University. The Fellowship confirms the value of academic research in informing planning policy and practice as well as the importance of nurturing the next generation of planners in the UK and around the world. I hope that the planning academic community will be encouraged and more of us will become Fellows of the Institute.

What advice would you give to members applying for Fellowship?

"Talk the talk and walk the walk", be confident of your contribution to the planning profession.

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