Welcome to the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference 2021

To mark the 75th anniversary of planning education at Newcastle University, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is pleased to host the 2021 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference on 8-10 September, including the RTPI Awards for Planning Research Excellence, a PhD workshop and the Planning Schools Forum (Heads of Schools meeting).

The theme of the conference, Re-imagining the Planning Project, aims to stimulate discussions on how the progressive ideals of creating better places have evolved and what the future holds for the planning project.  At a time when multiple and interrelated crises are having devastating effects on people's lives and livelihoods and on places' vibrancy and vitality, what could be the role and purpose of planning, and what values and ideals could motivate planning thoughts, educations and practices? We welcome papers that reflect on these and other critical questions about the future of the planning project, and look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 conference.

Highlights Of The Conference

Keynote Speaker

Professor Edward G. Goetz

Planning and the City of 'Whiteness'

Thursday 9 September 13.30-14.30 UK time

Edward G. Goetz is professor of urban planning and director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota.  He specializes in housing and community development policy especially as they relate to matters of race and class.  His most recent book is The One-Way Street of Integration: Fair Housing and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in American Cities (Cornell University Press).


Plenary Panels

Plenary Panel 1: Reimagining the Planning Project 

Wednesday 8 September, 14.00-15.30 UK time 

Pooja Agrawal, Public Practice (Chair) 

Dr Hugh Ellis, Town & Country Panning Association  

Dr Katie McClymont, University of West of England  

Craig McLarenthe Royal Town Planning Institute  

Plenary Panel 2: Planning, spatial inequalities and the 'levelling up' agenda 

Friday 10 September, 10.45-12.00 UK time 

Paul CowieNewcastle University (Chair)

Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle Central and Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy & for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Professor Ariel Armony, Pittsburgh University

Professor John Tomaney, University College London

Dr Louise Kempton, Newcastle University


Welcome and Opening Session

Professor Simin Davoudi, Newcastle University

Professor Tom Ward, Pro Vice Chancellor Newcastle University

Dr Paola Gazzola, Newcastle University


Closing Session

Dr Zan Gunn, Newcastle University

Professor Mark Baker, Manchester University

Dr Neil PoweNewcastle University


Virtual Tour

Life in a city centre: a virtual tour of Newcastle-Gateshead

Friday 10 September, 13.00-14.30 

As with many city centres, Newcastle-Gateshead is a place of both growth and decline, with many interesting changes emerging.  Whilst we would have loved to have taken you round the city centre, we are offering a virtual tour instead.  This will be in the form of a 90 minute discussion with a panel of local experts from various perspectives.  Similar to a real tour, we will take you virtually to four places of interest in Newcastle-Gateshead that illustrate functional and cultural changes, policy responses and issues emerging in terms of city centre life.