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About the Department of Land Economy

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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Cambridge Top Guardian's Subject League Table

Jun 11, 2019

While all media University ranking tables should be treated with some caution, we are pleased to report that, yet again, Cambridge's Land Economy degree tops the Guardian University League Table for their "Building and Town & Country Planning" subject area, well ahead of Queen's Belfast and UCL.

New Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law, edited by Dr Lees and Professor Viñuales, is published by Oxford University Press

May 13, 2019

Dr E. Lees and Prof. J. E. Viñuales have just published the new Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law (Oxford University Press, 2019), 1328p.

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