Multiple research projects at Department of Urban Studies and Planning nominated for top national research award

The department of Urban Studies and Planning is a finalist in several categories at the 2017 Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence.


Emeritus Professor Tony Crook and Peter Bibby from the University of Sheffield have been shortlisted for the Academic Award for their paper 'New Housing Association Development and its Potential to Reduce Concentrations of Deprivation: An English Case Study' alongside co-authors Dr Ed Ferrari (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Sarah Monk (University of Cambridge), Dr Connie Tang (University of Cambridge) and Professor Christine Whitehead (London School of Economics).

Dr Tom Moore has been nominated for the Early Career Researcher Award for his work on
'Replication through partnership: The evolution of partnerships between Community Land Trusts and Housing Associations in England'.

Nathan Makwana has been shortlisted for the Student Award for his research on 'The Impact of Housing Related Welfare Reforms on the Enactment of Front-line Housing Practices'.

Dr Alasdair Rae from the University of Sheffield, alongside Dr Garrett Nelson (Dartmouth College), has been nominated for the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement for their work on 'An Economic Geography of the United States: From Commutes to Megaregions'.

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.

The head of department Professor Malcolm Tait, said: “I’m very pleased to see so many nominations for staff and students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. It’s testament to the strength, depth, and variety of research, which we foster here in Sheffield. In particular, it is very pleasing to see research from students, early career researchers and more senior staff all recognised by the RTPI.”

Emeritus Professor Tony Crook responded to his nomination saying, "I am delighted to have been shortlisted for these awards again. Last year colleagues and I won the 'Academic Excellence' award for our book on 'Planning Gain'. Being shortlisted two years running, this time for our work on how planning obligations reduce spatial concentrations of social deprivation, is a testament to the high theoretical rigour and technical quality of our work together with its policy and practice relevance."

Dr Michael Harris, RTPI’s Head of Research, 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.”

Andrew Riley, Chief Executive Officer at Idox plc commented:
“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 2017.”

Jonathan Manley, Publisher for Planning and Urban Studies Journals at Routledge/T&F said:
“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”.

The winners will be announced on 12 September during the 2017 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference at Queen’s University Belfast.

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

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