UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2022

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 confirmed so far include:

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
  • The online payment system is now open so you can register for conference attendance.

    Key dates:

    Abstract submission closes:

    Abstract acceptances sent:

    Early bird registration deadline:

    Final conference registration deadline:

    Monday 16th May 2022

    Friday 20th May 2022

    Friday 17th June 2022

    Sunday 31st July 2022

    Draft conference schedule:

    Mon 5th Sep

    PhD workshop from 10am – 4pm.

    2pm registration desk opens

    4:30pm Welcome reception, Departmental Anniversary Speech and RTPI Annual Research Awards

    Tue 6th Sep

    9am -5pm keynote speakers and paper sessions

    7:00pm conference dinner at the Whitworth Art Gallery

    Wed 7th Sep

    9am – 1pm paper sessions and closing keynote.

    2pm onwards optional study tours.


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

    Online registration and payment system is now open.

    Contact details:

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

    Abstract submission has now closed.

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