The prize was awarded to Orna Rosenfeld for the best abstract submitted by a PhD student to the 23rd AESOP Congress. Orna, who is in the second year of her PhD, received her prize at a ceremony during the Congress, which took place between 15-18 July 2009 in Liverpool. Her abstract was considered the best of more than 70 papers competing for the award.
Orna’s abstract examined one of the most complex planning issues – residential relocation. It proposed innovative ways of researching this issue and presented findings on the ways decisions are made within highly fluid local governance structures in the Housing Market Renewal programme during periods of changing local and national economic circumstances.
Orna said she was delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious prize, particularly as the field was so strong, with fellow competitors coming from all around the world. She added; 'Personally, the true value of the prize, at this stage of my PhD, is learning that my research has the capacity to contribute the planning profession. It is a great feeling to be able to offer something back to my school and department'.
Tim Edmundson, the Head of Department of Urban Development and Regeneration in which Orna is based, commented: “Orna thoroughly deserved the award for an excellent abstract on a very topical subject. She presented an excellent paper to the Conference which was very well received.”
Orna is supervised by Professor Nick Bailey, Dr Tony Manzi and Professor Marion Roberts.