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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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Explore Land Economy through the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Oct 12, 2016

The Department of Land Economy will take part in this year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas, contributing to the hundreds of free events available to the public.

Memorial Service for Professor Nigel Allington

Oct 11, 2016

Please see below for details of a memorial service at Downing College on Saturday October 29th to honour Nigel Allington, long term contributor to Land Economy teaching and research, who passed away earlier in the year. Please RSVP to the master's PA if you are going to attend so that seating and catering can be arranged.

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