The Bartlett School of Planning


BSP finalists for RTPI's 2022 Awards for Research Excellence

17 August 2022

Congratulations to the 3 BSP finalists for the Sir Peter Hall Award for Excellence in Research and Engagement.

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The Awards

Now in their eighth year, the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence recognise and celebrate leading spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools and RTPI members. 

The RTPI have reported that the quality of submissions was exceptionally high. They received 53 submissions across the four award categories and subsequently shortlisted 17, 3 of which are BSP projects.

The full list of finalists is available here and the winners will be announced at a ceremony that will take place during the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference on 5 September at the University of Manchester. 

BSP Finalists 

Prof. Matthew Carmona, UCL

The existential crisis of traditional shopping streets

This paper explores the crisis in our traditional shopping streets driven by the rapid move to shopping online. Through advancing a new ‘sun model’ of shopping choices and associated ‘place attraction’ paradigm, it identifies the place-based intervention factors that can help to guarantee a future for traditional shopping streets.

Prof. Matthew Carmona & Valentina Giordano

Appealing Design

For decades local planning authorities in England have been reluctant to refuse poorly designed residential and other developments on design grounds. Based on an analysis of national appeals data, Appealing Design examines this reluctance, furnishing authorities with the evidence they need to confidently pursue their design ambitions in the future.

Prof. Claire Colomb & Dr Tatiana Moreira de Souza

Regulating short-term rentals. Platform-based property rentals in European cities: the policy debates

This study (supported by a small grant of the Property Research Trust) comparatively analysed the regulations put in place by the governments of 12 large European cities to control short-term rentals, which have rapidly grown due to digital platforms. It shows that the emerging local regulations take multiple forms and degrees of stringency, ranging from relative laissez-faire to strict control. All city governments face notable difficulties in enforcing those regulations, mainly due to the reluctance of corporate platforms to release precise data on individual STR. Access to market-generated data has become key for planning policy and enforcement in this field.