UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Helen Pineo shortlisted for RTPI Research Excellence Award

20 August 2018

UCL IEDE are delighted to announce that Helen Pineo has been shortlisted for the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence under the planning consultancy category.


The RTPI awards are a recognition of best spatial planning research from accredited institutions, illustrate the effects of academic research for policy and practice and are a mark of the contribution planning consultancies make to planning research. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday 3rd September at the UK–Ireland Awards for Research Conference opening ceremony in Sheffield.

The project ‘Putting residents’ needs at the heart of healthy place-making’ sought to help planners in Southwark tackle urgent health challenges affecting the Borough.  The research identified and implemented innovative healthy planning policy approaches informed by international best practice and residents’ views.

Helen Pineo comments on the nomination: 

I’m delighted to be shortlisted for this award recognising this exciting research which puts residents at the heart of healthy place-making. My contribution to the project built on my BRE-funded doctoral research at UCL. I produced a literature review, analysed social research data and drafted locally responsive healthy planning and regeneration goals, including monitoring indicators, which are now part of the draft Old Kent Road Area Action Plan. It was a pleasure to work with colleagues across planning and public health at Southwark Council who are among the leading UK local authorities in healthy planning.

A summary of the literature review publication and a conference paper on the project are available at: https://www.researchgate.net/project/Healthy-Planning-Policy-Monitoring-in-Southwark

Helen Pineo is the Associate Director for Cities at BRE and an incoming lecturer in Sustainable and Healthy Built Environments at UCL IEDE. Follow her on twitter @helenpineo