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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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Prof Jorge Viñuales has been elected to the Institut de Droit International

Nov 01, 2019

The Department is delighted to announce that Professor Jorge E. Viñuales, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at Cambridge, has been elected to the Institute of International Law at its Hague Session of 2019.

Former lecturer in the Dept of Land Economy Dr Diane Dawson has sadly passed away

Oct 01, 2019

Over the summer, the Department were sorry to learn of the passing away of Dr Diane Dawson, former lecturer in the Department and a life fellow of Corpus Christi at the age of 76.

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