2019 ACSP/IACP Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award

2019 AnnouncementDescriptionPast Receipients

The International Association for China Planning (IACP) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP, www.acsp.org) established the ACSP/IACP Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award for Outstanding Paper on a China Planning Related Topic.

This award was set up in honor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Karen R. Polenske – a prominent regional economist and a leading scholar of China’s sustainable development – is given annually to International Association for China Planning (IACP) student members who present excellent research at major international planning conferences.

The ACSP/IACP Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award has been made possible by generous donations given by several distinguished individuals who are mostly Professor Polenske’s former students.

The winner will be presented this award in the United States during the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 2019 annual conference.

The winner will receive $1,000 USD from the IACP to cover portions of her/his expenses to attend the ACSP conference. In the case of two winners, the two winners will share the prize. In addition, the winner will be provided waived ACSP conference registration.

The student is invited to present their award-winning paper at the Student Award Paper Session held at the ACSP Annual.

Criteria

To be eligible for this year’s ACSP/IACP Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award, author(s) must:

  1. be a current IACP student member as of February 1st. 2019;
  2. be either the sole author or the lead author of a paper
  3. the paper has been accepted for presentation at the 2019 ACSP Annual Conference; and
  4. attend and present the paper at the ACSP Annual Conference.

Application Information

  • Submit a paper abstract to the 2019 ACSP conference. The abstract submission is now open and will close on Tuesday, March 26 11:59 pm (U.S. Eastern Time). The 2019 ACSP conference website is https://www.acsp.org/page/AbstractsCall. Please follow the ACSP abstract submission guideline when you submit your abstract.
  • Submit the full paper using the ACSP award application online submission form (https://www.acsp.org/page/AwardPolenske). ACSP will begin to accept award applications on February 26, 2019. The application window will close on June 1, 2019.
  • The award committee will evaluate the full papers submitted based on their innovative scholarship and insight that advance the understanding of China-related planning topics, including but not limited to urbanization, urban economics, housing and community development, environmental planning, land use policy, transportation planning, urban design, analytical methods for urban studies, regional development issues. The full paper submitted should have excellent organization, structure, style, clarity, and originality.

About the 2019 ACSP Conference

The 59th ACSP Annual Conference will be held in Greenville, South Carolina October 24-27, 2019. This year’s conference is hosted by the Clemson University. More information, please visit https://www.acsp.org/page/ConfACSP.

Biography of Karen R. Polenske

Karen R. Polenske is Professor Emeritus and Peter deFlorez Professor of Regional Political Economy at MIT Department of Urban Planning. Since earning her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1966, she conducted energy, environment, and transportation projects in many U.S. regions, including Appalachia, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, as well as outside the United States, including Brazil, China, Iran, and other countries. By the 1990s, her innovative group of collaborators included anthropologists, chemical engineers, energy, environmental, and transportation planners, lawyers, physicists, and public-health scholars. She is well-known as one of the most prominent input-output economists in the world and for her work on regional energy and environmental issues. She is a Fellow of the International Input-Output Association (IIOA) and of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). She was President of the IIOA (1995-2000) and Head of the International Development and Regional Planning Group in DUSP (1995-2006). Her publications include numerous articles in key economic and planning journals, and eight books, including ‘The Technology-Energy-Environment-Health (TEEH) Chain in China’ and ‘The Economic Geography of Innovation’ that are published both in English and Chinese. She received the 2008 Sloan Industry Studies Best Book Award for the TEEH book.

In 2007, Polenske received special recognition from Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for having “contributed substantially to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),” thus contributing to the IPCC’s award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2005 she became a lifetime Regional Science Association International (RSAI) Fellow, in recognition to significant scholarly and research contributions to the field of regional science. In 1999, she received the ACSP Margarita McCoy Award, for her outstanding contribution towards the advancement of women in planning at institutions of higher education through service, teaching, and research, and in 1996 she was awarded the Walter Isard Distinguished Scholar Prize for distinguished long-term achievements in the field of Regional Science.

The International Association for China Planning (IACP) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP, www.acsp.org) established the ACSP/IACP Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award for Outstanding Paper on a China Planning Related Topic.

This award was set up in honor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Karen R. Polenske – a prominent regional economist and a leading scholar of China’s sustainable development – is given annually to International Association for China Planning (IACP) student members who present excellent research at major international planning conferences.

The ACSP/IACP Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award has been made possible by generous donations given by several distinguished individuals who are mostly Professor Polenske’s former students.

The winner will be presented this award in the United States during the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 2019 annual conference.

The winner will receive $1,000 USD from the IACP to cover portions of her/his expenses to attend the ACSP conference. In the case of two winners, the two winners will share the prize. In addition, the winner will be provided waived ACSP conference registration.

The student is invited to present their award-winning paper at the Student Award Paper Session held at the ACSP Annual.

  • 2018 Zifeng Chen & Anthony G. O. Yeh, University of Hong Kong, “Residential Differentiation of Income Groups and Accessibility Poverty in Urban China: Case Study of Guangzhou”
  • 2017 No award given
  • 2016 Chenghe Guan, Harvard University, “Spatial Distribution of Urban Territories at a Regional Scale: Modeling the Changjiang Delta’s Urban Network”
  • 2015 Qianqi Shen, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, “Negotiating Governance: Central-Local Government Relation in the Establishment of Three Development Zones in China”
  • 2014 Nick Smith, Harvard University, “Negotiating the Power to Plan: Planning and Property Rights at China’s Institutional Edges”