Professor awarded prize for excellence in planning research

Professor Gavin Parker, Director of Professional Standards, RTPI, presenting the award to Professor Colin Jones (left).

Professor Colin Jones from the School of the Built Environment's Institute for Housing, Urban and Real Estate Research (IHURER)  has been awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute's 2013 prize for excellence in academic spatial planning research. This  was awarded jointly with Mike Coombes from Newcastle University    for their work looking at Housing Market Areas (HMAs).

This research assesses the importance of tenure-specific HMAs for housing planning within the current policy frameworks aimed at meeting housing needs. The judges felt that the submission demonstrated a clarity of argument along with a clear presentation of results. It analysed the implications for housing and planning, discussing the different Housing Market Areas for each tenure. This was judged to be an excellent contribution to the technical underpinning of debates over housing delivery.

The research paper entitled An Assessment of Tenure-Specific Housing Market Areas for Housing Planning is to be published later this year in the Housing Studies journal.

For more information and an abstract of the research paper, please visit the IHURER Research and Policy blog.