Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award

2021 AnnouncementDescriptionPast Receipients

The International Association for China Planning (IACP) is pleased to announce the 2021 Karen Polenske Best Student Paper competition for the 15th IACP conference which will take place in Nanjing, China, June 20-21, 2021.

To be eligible for this award, authors must be:

  • an IACP student member enrolled in universities outside of China and paid IACP membership fees by February 1st, 2021;
  • either the sole author or the lead author of a paper that has been accepted for presentation at the 15th IACP Conference.

To be considered for this award, please e-mail a full paper in English by May 7th, 2021, to the IACP award committee led by Xiaoguang Wang, iacpaward2021@gmail.com.

Submitted papers will be evaluated by a review committee selected by the IACP award committee. The winner will be announced at the conference in Nanjing. 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.

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.

Sicheng Wang (IACP, 2020): Ph.D. candidate in Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Tianren Yang (IACP, 2019): Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.