Idox congratulates winners of the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence 2016

winners-and-commended-group-pictureFor the second year, we were proud to support the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence. The winners and commended entries were announced on Wednesday at the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, held in Cardiff. They represent a showcase of high quality, spatial planning research with clear relevance to policy and practice.

It was pleasing to see the interdisciplinary nature of many of the projects – highlighting the important contribution that the planning profession makes to wider agendas. This year’s competition attracted a record number of entries which were whittled down to a shortlist of 25.

Idox sponsored three of the award categories in 2016 – The Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement, the Student Award and the Planning Consultancy Award.

Worthy winners

The Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement went to the Place Alliance – a national movement campaigning for high quality places brought together by University College London. The Place Alliance brings together built environment sector organisations with an interest in place design to build consensus around policy that would lead to high quality places. Organisations involved include the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Royal Institute of British Architects, English Heritage and the Prince’s Foundation.

Their work has fed directly into the work of the Select Committee for National Policy on the Built Environment, which called for a fundamental shift to a place-led approach to policy.

In a new category this year, the Planning Consultancy Award went to Ryden (lead consultants) along with WSP and Brodies, who delivered the Planning for Infrastructure Research Report for the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland. The report researched the delivery of infrastructure for development through the planning system.

It was impressive to see the mixed methods used, which included a literature review, an on-line survey of 35 Scottish planning authorities, 38 in-depth consultations and 8 detailed case studies. The report has informed draft planning delivery advice as well as the Independent Review of the Scottish Planning System. The introduction of this award reflects the calibre and rigour of research that is done within the planning consultancy community.

Meanwhile, Adam van Heerden, of the University of Cape Town, won the Student Award for his research engaging with a marginalised group – the ‘Skarrelers’ in Cape Town’s southern suburbs – who survive on the margins of prime urban spaces by either selling or re-using discarded waste material with value.

Strengthening the links between practice and research

Dr Michael Harris, RTPI’s Head of Research, said:

“The winners and highly commended entries have demonstrated how academic researchers can positively reach out to practitioners and policymakers with insights and findings to inform and influence their work. I am pleased these awards have been able to celebrate such impactful, high quality research again this year.”

Andrew Riley, Chief Operating Officer at Idox plc said:

“Idox is proud to be a sponsor once again of the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence. Those recognised illustrate the best planning research and its relevance to solving the real-world issues that are facing communities in the UK and internationally. On behalf of Idox I would like to extend our congratulations to all the commended entries and winners.”

There were five categories at this year’s awards and the full list of winners and highly commended entries reflect the diversity of planning research being conducted in the UK and internationally.

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Idox sponsors RTPI research excellence awards


rtpi_awards_for_research_excellence_logo_300x208We are very pleased to be supporting the new RTPI Awards for Research Excellence this year, recognising and promoting high quality spatial planning research. We see our core mission as improving decision making in public policy, by improving access to research and evidence, and we are proud to be playing a part in these awards to promote academic, researcher and student excellence in this area.

The awards are open to all accredited planning schools, and submitted research and its potential implications for planning policy and practice can relate to anywhere in the world (not just the UK and Ireland).

Andrew Riley, Managing Director of Idox’s Public Sector and Information Solutions Division, said:

“Idox is proud to be supporting both the Student Award and the Wider Engagement Award. We have worked for over 40 years to promote excellence in research and to ensure that the latest thinking is accessible to planning students, practitioners and academics through the Idox Knowledge Exchange and its Information Service. From creating better homes and regenerating cities to protecting our natural environment, planners help make better places and these awards continue to highlight how this vital work is based on sound evidence and best practice.”

The Idox Information Service is sponsoring the prizes for both the student award and the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement. Both these awards are close to our heart, as we seek to help those starting their planning career and support those wishing to ensure stronger engagement with audiences beyond academia.

The prizes are:

  • Student Award – One year’s subscription to the Idox Information Service and an iPad mini.
  • Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement – One paid conference fee bursary (conference fee and/or reasonable travel and expenses) to a practitioner or policy-focused conference (up to the value of £350).

The closing date for entries for all the awards is 31st May 2015.

You can find out more about the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence here and how to apply here.

The Idox Information Service has also introduced a new individual membership offer in partnership with RTPI which offers a 30% discount on the normal price.