UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2022

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The 2022 Planning Research Conference will take place at the University of Manchester from 5th – 7th September, and coincides with the Department of Planning and Environmental Management’s 70th anniversary.

Building on the RTPI’s digital planning manifesto and the work of the Digital Task Force for Planning, this year’s conference theme is Planning in, and for, a Digital World. Our keynote speakers will focus on this important aspect of planning ‘reform’; ranging from the implications of the metaverse, to how the ‘digital’ may or may not transform planning practice, and the possible erosion of public participation.

Keynote speakers:

Chief Planner for England, Dept of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

Joanna Averley

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), UCL, UK

Keynote speaker - Mike Batty
Mike Batty

Professor of Land Use Planning, Aalto University, Finland.

Marketta Kyttä

Professor of Digital Urban Systems, UCL, UK.

Keynote speaker - Andy Hudson-Smith
Andy Hudson-Smith

We welcome papers on all aspects of planning as is the tradition with the annual UK-Ireland PRC. Conference tracks will include topics such as:

  • Equality and Diversity – including access to digital tool, services and ‘data’
  • GI and Climate Change
  • Healthy Neighbourhoods
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Infrastructure and Transport Planning
  • Neighbourhood and Community Planning
  • Planning education and pedagogy – including digital planning skills
  • Planning History, Preservation and Conservation
  • Planning Theory and Practice
  • PlanTech, the Metaverse and Digital Methods
  • Real Estate in the post-pandemic era
  • Rural Planning, Ecology and Rewilding
  • Territorial Governance and Strategic Planning
  • Urban Design and place-making
  • Conference schedule:

    Mon 5th Sep

    PhD workshop from 10am – 4pm.

    2:30pm registration desk opens

    4:20pm Conference Welcome and 70th Anniversary Speech, Main Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building

    4:50pm Keynote: Manchester, Computation and the Emergent Digital Transformation of Cities and City Planning by Professor Michael Batty, UCL, UK

    5:50pm RTPI Research Awards

    6:30pm Welcome drinks reception

    Tue 6th Sep

    9am -5pm keynote speakers and paper sessions

    4:50pm Keynote: Urban Metaverses; The Future of Digital Planning by Professor Andrew Hudson-Smith, UCL, UK.

    5:20pm Keynote: Digital citizen engagement & transactional person-environment research by Professor Marketta Kyttä, Aalto University, Finland.

    5:50pm Joint Q&A Session for the two Keynotes.

    7:30pm Conference Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception, Whitworth Art Gallery. *

    8:00pm Conference dinner at the Whitworth Art Gallery. *

    Wed 7th Sep

    9am – 1pm paper sessions and closing keynote.

    11:55am Keynote: Levelling-up and the role of Planning by Ms Joanna Averley, Chief Planner for England, Dept of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities. Main Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building.

    * Only available for those who have registered for dinner. No further places are now available.


    PhD student £180 (including Monday’s PGR workshop).
    Early Bird £240.
    Full £265.
    One-Day £170.
    Conference Dinner £50.

    Contact details:

    Questions pertaining to the conference at this stage should be sent to

    Abstract submission has now closed.

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