Timothy Crawshaw, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), visited the University of Liverpool to speak to an audience of town planning staff, students and practitioners about the challenges and problems in the field of town planning, in particular the impact of climate change. , and challenges such as modernizing the built environment to address them.

Mr. Crawshaw took over as Chair of RTPI in January 2022 and has a particular interest in the interconnected issues of wellbeing, climate change and tackling inequality in the planning industry.

The University of Liverpool is home to the world’s first School of Planning, founded in 1909 and has maintained a strong ethos of public service and professional commitment to the development of planning education, with notable staff and alumni, including Sir Patrick Abercrombie, Gordon Stephenson and Professor Peter Batey, who led the Mersey Basin Campaign to clean up and regenerate the River Mersey basin.

During his visit, Mr Crawshaw learned about the University’s innovative teaching and research programs and the important role the University plays in training future planners to work in the UK and around the world.

The University’s planning programs are accredited by the RTPI and offer a specific and unique emphasis on planning, community development and localism, professional competence, international outreach, assessment of environmental and other impacts of development, housing, marine spatial planning and integrated approaches to sustainability. .

Planning specialists from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and local industry joined staff and students at the event.

European Spatial Planning Lecturer Dr Olivier Sykes organized the visit and said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Tim to the university and to be able to discuss our world-class spatial planning programs which are linked to professional bodies and industrial partners in order to teach the latest theoretical and practical knowledge to our students.

“Tim gave a fascinating speech which sparked an interesting discussion from the audience which included our students, staff and practitioners from around the city. The event provided a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and strengthen our ties within the city region and with the wider profession. We look forward to continuing to work with Tim and the RTPI to promote the important role planning plays in ensuring more sustainable and resilient places, in environmental, social and economic terms. »

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