At this week’s Planning Research Conference, hosted by Queen’s University in Belfast, the winners were announced for the 2017 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence.
These awards recognise the best spatial planning research from the RTPI’s accredited planning schools, and highlight the implications of academic research for policy and practice. In addition, the awards recognise the valuable contribution of planning consultancies to planning research and promote planning research in general.
Idox is proud to have supported the awards since 2015, and this year we sponsored three of the five awards.
Tangible Places for Intangible Products: The Role of Space in the Creative Digital Economy, Tech City, London
Dr Juliana Martins (Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)
Juliana’s research explores the relationship between space and creative digital production in the Shoreditch area of East London. It seeks to identify the spatial conditions that mediate and support the operation of digital industries in inner-city locations.
The prize for the winner of the Student Award is a one year subscription to the Idox Information Service and an iPad mini.
Exploring the Potential of Technology in Enabling the Inclusive Co-Production of Space
David Corbett, University of Cape Town
Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement
An Economic Geography of the United States: From Commutes to Megaregions
Dr Alasdair Rae (University of Sheffield), with Dr Garrett Nelson (Dartmouth College)
The award-winning research provides a new perspective on the functional economic geography of the United States, drawing on data from more than four million commuter flows as the basis for the identification of large-scale “megaregions”.
The prize for the winner of the Sir Peter Hall Wider Engagement Award is £350 towards one paid conference fee bursary to a practitioner or policy-focused conference.
A Sustainable and Resilient Northern Power House: A Charrette for the North
Sue Kidd (University of Liverpool), Dr Sebastian Dembski (University of Liverpool), Dr John Sturzaker (University of Liverpool), Dr Alex Nurse (University of Liverpool), Dr Sam Hayes (University of Liverpool)
Planning Consultancy Award
Start to Finish: How Quickly Do Large-Scale Housing Sites Deliver?
Rachel Clements (Lichfields)
At the heart of Rachel’s research is a recognition that the need to deliver more housing requires an understanding of the length of time it takes for sites to come forward and the rate at which they deliver homes. Rachel’s research provides wide-ranging insight and analysis on the lead-in times, planning period and delivery phases of large-scale housing sites.
The prize for the Planning Consultancy Award is one Planning Convention place and two one year’s individual memberships to the Idox Information Service.
Retirement Living Explained
Sam Clark (University of Newcastle) and Andrew Burgess (Planning Issues Ltd), with Housing LIN and Churchill Retirement Living
In addition, the following award-winners were also announced:
Cycle BOOM. Design for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing. Summary of Key Findings and Recommendations
Dr Tim Jones (Oxford Brookes University), Dr Ben Spencer (Oxford Brookes University), Nick Beale (Oxford Brookes University), Dr Emma Street (University of Reading), Dr Carlen Van Reekum (University of Reading), Dr Louise-Ann Leyland (University of Reading), Dr Kiron Chatterjee (University of West of England), Dr Heather Jones (University of West of England), Dr Justin Spinney (Cardiff University), Carl Mann (Cardiff University), Shaun Williams (Cardiff University)
Early Career Researcher Award
Neighbourhood Cohesion under the Influx of Migrants in Shanghai
Dr Zheng Wang (Bartlett School of Planning, University College London), with Dr Fangzhu Zhang (Bartlett School of Planning, University College London), Professor Fulong Wu (Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)
The full list of finalists in this year’s awards is available on the RTPI website, and information on past entries and winners is also available.
In this 2016 blog post, Dr Paul Cowie, whose Town Meeting project won the 2015 Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement, reflects on the impact of winning an RTPI Award for Research Excellence.
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