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Patsy Healey awarded an Ordinary Fellowship from the British Academy

Congratulations to Patsy Healey, Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, recently awarded an Ordinary Fellowship from the British Academy.

Ordinary Fellowships are given to outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved distinction in any discipline of humanities and social sciences and only a very small number of scholars in any field are elected. Patsy's election demonstrates her oustanding achievements in the field of planning theory.

In response to the news Patsy said "I am very pleased and honoured that my work as a planning scholar should be recognised by the British Academy in this way. Such recognition underlines that the planning field has a significant intellectual contribution to make not just within the development of planning thought and practice, but in the social sciences and humanities generally."

Patsy is a specialist in planning theory and the practice of planning and urban regeneration policies. She has undertaken research on how planning strategies work in practice and on partnership forms of governance at the neighbourhood, city and city region scales. In recent years she has been developing approaches to collaborative planning practices, linked to an institutionalist analysis of urban socio-spatial dynamics and urban governance. She has undertaken empirical work in the UK, in other European countries and in Latin America. Recent books include Collaborative Planning: shaping places in fragmented societies (1997, 2nd edtn 2006) and Urban Complexity and Spatial Strategies (2007). She was Senior Editor of the Journal Planning Theory and Practice until 2009.

Patsy's Ordinary Fellowship adds to her many achievements throughout her career; she was awarded the OBE in 1999, became an Honorary Fellow of the Association of European Planners in 2004, and was awarded the RTPI Gold Medal in 2006.

John Pendlebury, Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape said "The School is delighted at the British Academy's decision to honour Patsy; the fellowship is well deserved recognition of the enormous contribution Patsy has made to her field".

Emeritus Professor Patsy Healey OBE
Emeritus Prof of Town & Country Plann

published on: 19th August 2009