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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

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The Department of Land Economy is a leading international centre, providing a full programme of taught courses within an intensive, research-oriented environment. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, 50% of the Department's research work was described as "World Leading" and a further 38% as "Internationally Excellent".

Land Economy, as a subject, considers the role and use of land, real estate and environment within an economy. It applies particularly the disciplines of  economics, law and planning for the analysis of the governance of land use, urban areas and interactions with other environmental resources.

The Department addresses contemporary problems as well as more fundamental analysis. This includes both the role of  governments in establishing regulatory frameworks within which land and related  markets operate and the role of private organisations in owning, managing and developing physical and financial assets within those markets. This combination gives the Department of Land Economy a unique and valuable perspective of critical public and private issues.

The Department currently has over 40 teaching and research staff and approximately 320 students. We have a three year undergraduate course and a postgraduate programme that offers both instructional and research based MPhils, as well as a three-year PhD. Research within the Department falls into one of our two research groups, namely Real Estate and Urban Analysis and Environmental Economy and Policy.


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Land Economy ranked first in Complete University Guide league table

Apr 27, 2017

In the 2018 Complete University Guide, our Land Economy undergraduate degree has been ranked first in the country in the Town & Country Planning table, based on entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. Cambridge was, once again, the overall top ranked University in the Guide. Although there are many issues with the methods used in compiling such tables, it is gratifying to see our strengths recognised formally.

Professor Viñuales elected Chairman of the Compliance Committee of the UN-ECE Protocol on Water and Health

Mar 20, 2017

At its fourteenth meeting, in March 2017, the Compliance Committee of the UN-ECE Protocol on Water and Health elected Professor Jorge E. Viñuales, Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, as its Chairman for the next triennium.

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