The 2022 UK – Ireland 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, 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. Further details are here

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:

  • GI and Climate Change
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Infrastructure and Transport Planning
  • Neighbourhood and Community Planning
  • 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 Healthy Neighbourhoods

We are also happy to accept proposal for roundtable discussions.

Key dates:

- Abstract submission closes: Thu 14th April 2022

- Abstract acceptances sent: Fri 29th April 2022

- Early bird registration deadline: Fri 17th June 2022

- Final conference registration deadline: 31st July 2022

Further details and abstract submission via

Kind regards,

Richard Kingston, 2022 Conference Chair.

Bertie Dockerill, Organsing Committee