Experts assess planning and transformation in South Africa

The latest in the RTPI library series is Planning and Transformation - Learning from the Post-Apartheid Experience by Philip Harrison, Alison Todes and Vanessa Watson.

Planning is being used as an instrument of political, economic, institutional and social transformation across South Africa. With the call for planning to play a leading role in tackling rapid urbanisation, climate change and resource depletion, this is an important discussion of the opportunities and constraints.

To order a copy, please visit RTPI members are entitled to a 15 per cent discount.

- Research programme launched on dynamics of ageing

The New Dynamics of Ageing is a seven-year multidisciplinary research programme that aims to develop practical policy and implementation guidance to ensure that older people enjoy better-quality lives. It will cover such areas as active and healthy ageing, workplace design for the older worker, later life transitions and the built environment.

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- Publication examines spatial distribution of wealth

The spatial distribution of wealth in the UK is starkly illustrated in a recent study by Danny Dorling et al published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). Poverty, Wealth and Place in Britain 1968 to 2005 reports substantial increases in the spatial segregation of poverty and wealth. While it suggests that the decline and slight deconcentration of poor households in the 1990s are hopeful signs, it notes that the decade also saw relative poverty reach unprecedented levels.

The report is available on the JRF website at

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