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RTPI announces research awards finalists

Words: Laura Edgar

Twenty planning research projects from 13 RTPI accredited schools in the UK and internationally have been shortlisted for the 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence.

Five projects have been shortlisted for each of the academic research categories: Academic Award, Early Career Research Award, Student Award and the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement.

Six projects have also been shortlisted for the new Planning Consultancy Award.

The RTPI said there were 87 entries to this awards, more than 40 per cent increase on last year.

Dr Michael Harris, head of research, RTPI, said: “The RTPI research awards have gone from strength to strength. The growing body of high quality research work in planning is impressive but more importantly, it is a positive sign that more academic researchers want to reach out to practitioners and policymakers with insights and findings that can inform and influence their work. This is what the awards celebrate and I am pleased that RTPI planning schools and planning consultancies have responded.”

The winners will announced at a ceremony at the UK-Ireland Planning Conference in Cardiff on 6 and 7 September.

The awards are sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group and Idox Information Service.

The finalists for each category are:


Academic Award

Anthony Go Yeh, Fiona F Yang, Jiejing Wang, (the University of Hong Kong) - Economic transition and urban transformation of China: The interplay of the state and the market

Chinmoy Sarkar, Chris Webster, Matthew Pryor, Dorothy Tang, Scott Melbourne, Xiaohu Zhang, Liu Jianzheng (the University of Hong Kong) - Exploring associations between urban green, street design and walking: Results from the Greater London boroughs

Cecilia Wong, Mark Baker, Stephen Hincks, Andreas Schulze-Baing (the University of Manchester) and Brian Webb - (Cardiff University) Mapping policies and programmes: The use of GIS to communicate spatial relationships in England

David Valler (Oxford Brookes University) and Nicholas A Phelps (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London) - Delivering growth? Evaluating economic governance in England's South East subregions

Tony Crook and John Henneberry (Sheffield University), co-auhored by Christine Whitehead (LSE) - Planning gain: Providing infrastructure & affordable housing


Early Career Research Award

Pablo Sendra (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London) - Infrastructures for disorder. Applying Sennett's notion of disorder to the public space of social housing neighbourhoods

Julie Clark (early career researcher), Ade Kearns, Claire Cleland (early career researcher) (University of Glasgow) - Spatial scale, time and process in mega-events: The complexity of host community perspectives on neighbourhood change

Xingjian Liu (early career) (The University of Hong Kong), co-authored by Ben Derudder (Ghent University) and Kang Wu (Capital University of Economics and Business) - Measuring polycentric urban development in China: An intercity transportation network perspective

Linda Fox-Rogers (early career, Queen's University Belfast), Enda Murphy (University College Dublin) - From brown envelopes to community benefits: the co-option of planning gain under deepening neoliberalism

Sarah Payne (Sheffield University) - Examining house builder behaviour in a recovering housing market


Student Award

Kate Hogarth (University of Cape Town) - Leveraging the private sector to enable the delivery of well-located affordable housing in Cape Town

Adam van Heerden (University of Cape Town) - Valuing waste and wasting value: Rethinking planning with informality by learning from 'Skarrelers' in Cape Town's southern suburbs

Andrew Bull (University of Westminster) - Planning policy to address the association between hot food takeaways and childhood obesity

Luís Neto (University of Manchester) - The walkability index: Assessing the built environment and urban design qualities at the street level using open-access omnidirectional and satellite imagery

Rosie Brake (Oxford Brookes University) - What are the key local barriers to timely and successful plan-making?


Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement

Matthew Carmona (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London) - AHRC, CABE, Place Alliance and the House of Lords

Mark Tewdwr-Jones, John Goddard, Paul Cowie (Newcastle University) - Newcastle City Futures 2065

Ade Kearns, Julie Clark, Louise Lawson, Cat Tabbner, Kelda McLean (University of Glasgow) - GoWell

Alister Scott, Claudia Carter, Michael Hardman, Richard Wakeford (Birmingham City University) - Maximising the impact of games as effective participative tools: The Rufopoly Resource Kit (Participology)

Michael Edwards, Myfanwy Taylor, Elena Besussi, Jessica Ferm (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London) - Just Space


Planning Consultancy Award

ARUP - Mauro Oliveri, Stefano Recalcati and others - Shaping ageing cities

Land Use Consultants (LUC) - Nick James, Steven Orr, Joe Nunn and Melissa McGinley - Scottish marine recreation and tourism survey 2015: Supporting marine planning in Scotland

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners - Early adopters and the late majority

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners - Supporting Scotland growth

Barney Stringer, Quod and Shelter - Barney Stringer (Quod) Toby Lloyd (Shelter) and Pete Jefferys (Shelter) - When brownfield isn't enough: Strategic options for London's growth

Ryden (lead consultants) WSP, Brodies - Mark Robertson, Fiona Clandillon, Kirsty Davison, Chris Bell, Neil Collar - Planning for infrastructure research report

More information can be found on the RTPI website.