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Planning and Environmental Management staff nominated for research award

‘Mapping policies and programmes: The use of GIS to communicate spatial relationships in England’ nominated for top national planning research award.

Cecilia Wong, Mark Baker, Stephen Hincks, Andreas Schulze-Baing of the University of Manchester, and Brian Webb of Cardiff University are finalist in the Academic Award category at the 2016 Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence.

The paper draws on the RTPI commissioned study ‘A Map for England’ to examine the interplay between policy needs and spatial contexts through the mapping of government policies and programmes. 

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These exhibit strong spatial expressions and significant spatial consequences which tend to be hidden and ignored.

Through the analysis of growth-related planning issues in the report, a spatial reference framework emerges and reveals some of the implicit assumptions and unintentional consequences of government policy-making.

It thus demonstrates the potential of employing simple mapping overlays to communicate complex planning issues in a ‘language’ that is easily understandable.

The Awards for Research Excellence are run by the RTPI to recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies around the world.

There was tough competition to be named a finalist, with 87 entries to this year’s awards, a more than 40% increase on last year.

Celia Wong

We are very grateful to be shortlisted for this award. This research argues for an improved understanding of the ways in which Government policies and programmes interact to influence the places we live. It identifies how approaching policy development from a more spatial perspective can improve policy coordination and outcomes by mapping existing Government interventions and evidence.

Professor Celia Wong / The University of Manchester

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.

Dr Michael Harris / RTPI Head of Research

High-quality research is key to increasing our understanding of how planning can help create sustainable places for people to live and work. As the UK’s leading provider of planning and building control solutions to local authorities, Idox is very proud to be continuing our relationship with the RTPI and supporting the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence in 2016.

Andrew Riley / Chief Operating Officer, Idox PLC

As RTPI’s publisher, Routledge/T&F are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the RTPI Research Awards. RTPI’s mission to reward the best in planning research complements our own ambition to publish the work of not only those with an established reputation in the field but also scholars at the dawn of their career.

Jonathan Manley / Routledge / Taylor and Francis

The winners will be announced on 7 September during the 2016 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference at Cardiff University. 

The full list of finalists are available. See who won last year’s awards.

The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. Using its expertise and research it brings evidence and thought leadership to shape planning policies and thinking, putting the profession at the heart of society's big debates. 

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