Samer Bagaeen has developed an international reputation for his research in the field of town planning. Dr. Bagaeen is well-respected within academia, as well as locally in his community, nationally and internationally. His work is shaping national and international research agendas, through his publications and his involvement in high profile events, gatherings and international institutions. He was awarded in 2012 the Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Leaders Award for ‘demonstrating outstanding leadership in the field of planning’ and was a Finalist in the Royal Town Planning Institute 2011 Planning Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for creating a research informed curriculum in town planning. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors awarded Dr Bagaeen a Fellowship by Invitation in 2012. The award recognised his expertise in the areas of land, property and construction and honours Dr Bagaeen's standing in the profession.