The Transport Planning Society is delighted to announce that Natasha Smithson of AECOM is the winner of the 2018 Bursary of the Year award, with her paper entitled ‘Planning New Communities: Finding the balance between the private car use and sustainable transport’.

This year’s theme was ‘Transport Planners and other disciplines – Better together’. Each Professional submitting an idea is supported by a senior TPS member within the profession, and this gives them a unique opportunity to benefit from a wealth of experience and advice.

The value of each bursary is £500 with the best paper receiving an award and an additional £250. The competition not only provides applicants the chance to expand their knowledge on a chosen topic, it raises their profile within the industry and contributes towards their Professional Development Scheme requirement as well.

Joanna Ward – the Board Member responsible for coordinating the competition said “It’s a fantastic opportunity for young professionals within the transport planning industry to research and to present their views and findings on our annual discussion topic. I wish something like this had been around when I was starting out. This opens up huge opportunities to have a voice I would encourage anyone to take part.”

The board had the difficult task to review the submissions. Looking for innovative ideas and new perspectives, they picked four successful applicants to present their papers to the panel.

Natasha said on receiving the news that she’d won; ‘It was an invaluable experience taking part in the TPS bursary scheme. It was particularly rewarding to take my research project from an idea through to completion, and gaining a deeper understanding of a topic that I was interested in.’

 
 
 

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