A project by the University of Liverpool to establish the actions needed to create a successful Northern Powerhouse has been nominated for a top national research award.
A Sustainable and Resilient Northern Power House: A Charrette for the North is a finalist in the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement category at the 2017 Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence.
The charrette event was organised by the University’s Department of Geography and Planning, involved key stakeholders from academia, the public, private and voluntary sectors and took place just days before the EU Referendum in 2016.
The report ‘A Sustainable and Resilient Northern Powerhouse’ identifies ten key points for rebalancing Britain with a strong and inclusive North of England, and was produced as an outcome of the event.
Sue Kidd, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography & Planning, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. The initial ideas for the charrette came before the EU Referendum vote. Now, in light of its outcome, there is an even stronger case for the North to take control of the agenda to rebalance Britain and we hope that the ten points identified in the Sustainable and Resilient Northern Powerhouse report will help in framing a better future for the region.”
The event was sponsored by Turley, Ramboll, the Peel Group and Protos and was organised in partnership with the North West Business Leadership Team, Atlantic Gateway Parklands and the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute for Public Policy & Practice.
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.
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.”
The winners will be announced on 12 September during the 2017 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference at Cardiff University.