The Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG) is a Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. It aims to further research into the interrelated topics of environmental politics and policy, land use planning, environmental planning, and sustainability.
PERG consists of over 900 academics, practitioners and professionals with an interest or involvement in research in the interrelated topics of environmental politics and policy, land use planning, environmental planning, and sustainability.
We recognise the critical role of research in informing the development of more effective environmental policy and land use planning practice and as making a key contribution to the pursuit of more sustainable forms of development. In this light, a particular objective of PERG is to promote policy relevant research, and to foster closer contacts and collaboration between academic researchers and practitioners.
There is a strong geographical perspective to our work, but multi-disciplinarity is fundamental to our areas of research interest and the group seeks to develop links with researchers from a wide range of disciplines engaged with similar issues. Although the work of PERG has traditionally focused on environments in the ‘north’, we are currently also seeking to create connections with researchers addressing similar issues in the context of the global ‘south’. We have a commitment to promoting diversity and equality, and to enabling dialogue and the exchange of experience across national borders.