Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award

2019 AnnouncementDescriptionPast Receipients

The International Association for China Planning (IACP) is pleased to announce the 2019 Karen Polenske Best Student Paper competition for the 13th IACP conference which will take place at in Chengdu, China, June 15-16, 2019.

To be eligible for this award, authors must be:

  • an international IACP student member (including Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan) who paid dues by February 1st, 2019;
  • either the sole author or the lead author of a paper that has been accepted for presentation at the 13th IACP Conference.

To be considered for this award, please e-mail a full paper in English by April 15th, 2019, to the IACP award committee led by Yang Zhang, yang08@vt.edu.

Submitted papers will be evaluated by a review committee selected by the IACP award committee. The winner will be announced at the conference in Chengdu. The winner will present the paper at the conference and receive free conference registration, free lodging, plus U.S. $1,000 (or Chinese RMB of an equivalent value) to offset her/his expenses for conference travel. In the case of two winners, the two winners will share the prize.

This award, established in honor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Karen Polenske – a prominent regional economist and a leading scholar of China’s sustainable development – is awarded annually to student IACP members who present excellent research at major international planning conferences. Currently the IACP presents one Polenske award at their annual conference in China and one Polenske award at their annual membership meeting in the United States during the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference. The Karen 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.

For more information, please refer to http://www.chinaplanning.org/IACPAward.html

Please Note: This is a different award from the ACSP-IACP Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper.

The Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper award, established in honor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Karen Polenske – a prominent regional economist and a leading scholar of China’s sustainable development – is given annually to student IACP members who present excellent research on China’s urban planning and development at major international planning conferences. Currently the IACP presents one Polenske award at the IACP annual conference in China and one Polenske award at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference.

IACP raises and maintains donations to the Polenske Fund under the leadership of two volunteers:
SHEN, Qing (Chair), and
YAN, Meizhi (Co-Chair).

Current donors (in alphabetical order) to the Polenske Fund include:
CHEN, Junyu / YAN, Meizhi;
LI, Xiangming / YANG, Qi;
YANG, Jiawen; and
YANG, Zhizhong.

Christine Boyle (ACSP, 2009): PhD candidate in Environmental Policy & Planning at the Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Currently founder and CEO at Valor Water Analytics, now part of Xylem.

Suwan Shen (IACP, 2010): PhD student in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida. Currently Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Leslie Shieh (ACSP, 2010): PhD candidate, University of British Columbia. Currently co-founder of TAKE ROOT and Commissioner, Vancouver City Planning Commission.

Nick Smith (ACSP, 2010): Master student in Architecture, Harvard University. Currently Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies), Yale-NUS College.

Nick Smith (IACP, 2011): PhD student in Urban Planning, Harvard University. Currently Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies), Yale-NUS College.

Fei Yang (ACSP, 2011): PhD student in Urban and Regional Planning at University of Florida. Currently Director of International Cooperation & Transport Planning, Urban Rural Planning & Design Institute, Zhejiang University and Chief representative of APA China Program.

Hao Huang (IACP, 2012): PhD candidate in Geography at University of Utah. Currently Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Yingchan Zhang (IACP, 2013): PhD student in Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University.

Chung Ho Kim (IACP, 2013): PhD student in Urban Design and Planning at University of Washington. Currently Assistant Professor at University of Seoul.

Nick Smith (IACP, 2014; ACSP, 2014): PhD candidate in Urban Planning at Harvard University. Currently Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies), Yale-NUS College.

Chung Ho Kim (IACP, 2014): PhD candidate in Urban Design and Planning at University of Washington. Currently Assistant Professor at University of Seoul.

Jianzheng Liu (IACP, 2015): PhD candidate in Urban Planning and Design at University of Hong Kong. Currently post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong.

Qianqi Shen (ACSP, 2015): PhD candidate in Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Currently Data Scientist, Clarivate Analytics.

Kailai Wang (IACP, 2016): PhD student in City and Regional Planning at Ohio State University.

Chenghe Guan (ACSP, 2016): Doctor of Design candidate at Harvard University. Currently Assistant Professor of Urban Design, NYU Shanghai.

Xinyi Wu (IACP, 2017): PhD student at the University of Minnesota.

Zifeng Chen (IACP, 2018): PhD student in Urban Planning and Design at University of Hong Kong.