Best Postgraduate Planning History Paper

IPHS awards the best postgraduate planning history paper presented at an IPHS conference. Submitted papers must be authored only by a postgraduate student and must have been accepted for presentation at an IPHS conference. The entrant must be enrolled in a master’s or a doctorate program, and must also register and attend the conference.

Prize: A monetary prize of £100.

Judging Criteria:The entrant must be registered at the conference. The entrant must be currently researching at the postgraduate level, whether for a Master’s thesis either by coursework or research, or a doctorate. Entries must be personal, and no joint submissions with a supervisor will be accepted. Entries must focus on planning history.

Judging Panel:

. Professor Dirk Schubert, HafenCity University, Germany (chair);

. Professor Nuran Zeren Gülersoy, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey –;  

. Professor Renato Leão Rego, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil –


Awarded papers




Best postgraduate student paper presented at the 2018 Yokohama conference:

Pullan, Nicola. ‘Temporary dwellings as successful informal suburban development: the case of Sydney 1945 to 1960’.

This paper surveys the informal urban development as it played out in the outer suburbs of metropolitan Sydney, highlights a uniquely Australian story, and compares this with international instances. The paper analyses an unusual topic in a country and city where an established planning law and building regulations based on the British tradition exist. It includes good illustrations and an interesting bibliography, where next to the “classics”, other sources are discovered. Looking from a global point of view to the discussion of formal-informal, and legal-semi-legal-illegal, this is an often a neglected perspective of urban planning history. The panel concluded that the paper has an excellent structure and a very clear argument demonstrated by consistent analysis. Moreover, the research question based on this topic is strong and formulated competently. (From the committee’s report)


Best postgraduate student paper presented at the 2016 Delft conference:

Eom, Sujin. ‘The Mayor Conference Project: The Making of the Modern City During the Cold War’.


Best postgraduate student paper presented at the 2014 St. Augustine conference:

Bender, Helena. ‘Buenos Aires and the Modern City through Antonio Bonet Castellana’s Urban Proposal: the Plan for Barrio Sur, 1956’. (Published in Planning Perspectives, 30 (3), 2015, 447-462).


Best postgraduate student paper presented at the 2012 São Paulo conference:

Levy, Aiala. ‘Stages of a State: From São Paulo’s Teatro São José to the Teatro Municipal, 1854 – 1911’. (Published in Planning Perspectives, 28 (3), 2013, 461-475). 


Best postgraduate student paper presented at the 2010 Istanbul conference:

Omolo-Okalebo, Frederick. ‘Two Cities in One: The Genesis, Planning and Transformation of Kampala City, 1903-1968’.


Best postgraduate student paper presented at the 2008 Chicago conference:

James, Ryan. ‘From “Slum Clearance” to “Revitalization”: Planning, Expertise, and Moral Regulation in Toronto’s Regent Park’.


Best postgraduate student paper presented at the 2006 New Delhi conference:

Urushima, Andrea Yuri Flores. ‘Uzo Nishiyama’s Proposals for a Planned Urban Expansion of Japanese Cities.’


Best postgraduate student paper presented at the 2004 Barcelona conference:

Short, Michael. ‘Regulating the Impact of Proposals for New Tall Buildings on the Built Heritage‘.