Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Conference Announcement: Planning, Law and Property Rights


The International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) attracts academics in spatial planning, land-use and property law, real estate or related disciplines from all parts of the world (learn more about PLPR on and explores urban issues, legislative frameworks, and land ownership.

Planning matters. Law matters. Property matters.

Three simple messages inspiring the growing PLPR community to examine the difficult relationship between public and private interests in the use of land.

The Academic Association's functions aim at:

·      Serving as an academic peer group for research in the field. To promote research with a cross-national comparative perspective so as to enable exchange of knowledge that is so lacking in the current state of research.

·      Exchanging approaches and methods in the teaching of planning law to planning students.

·     Supporting young academics researching in the fields of planning, law, and property rights.


The conference will be held at the Department of Planning and Regional Development (DPRD) of University of Thessaly located in Volos (Greece) on 25-27 February 2015.

Call for abstracts/papers

Abstract submission starts on 1st September 2014 and ends on 13 October 2014.
PLPR 2015 Conference welcomes any topic based on theoretical analysis, research and/or practice related to planning and law, property rights on land, real estate studies, or planning and regulatory instruments. We welcome contributions from scholars and practitioners in planning, law, real estate and related economic issues, and we especially encourage graduate students working on topics within this realm to submit their abstracts. Indicative topics of the invited contributions can be the following:

Urban planning and development, urban regeneration
Environmental planning & sustainable development
Housing and building regulations
Governance, public participation and planning law
Human rights and social justice
Climate change and planning law
Public/private sector and planning law
Property rights and the market
Cultural heritage protection

We warmly encourage initiatives for special sessions. Please check out the proposed special sessions so far at  
Professor Richard K. Norton (University of Michigan) will be in charge of a double-blind peer review for each submitted abstract. Once all abstracts have been reviewed, authors of accepted abstracts will be notified.

Authors must use the template provided by the conference. Abstracts should not exceed 400 words. Please also see instructions for the submission procedure at

Important deadlines
13/10/2014: Abstract submission  
15/12/2014: Early registration

More information
Additional information on the conference are available at the conference website:

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