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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics
Donald Denman (Image © Richard Stone)


The lecture series was established in 1979, and named after Donald Denman, the founder of Land Economy. It has hosted over 20 leading academics from around the world, speaking on topics across the built and natural environment, economics and planning. Speakers have included Patsy Healey OBE FBA, Kym Anderson, David Pearce OBE, Sir Kenneth Alexander FRSE, and David Harvey FBA.


The Denman Lecture series is kindly supported by  Mills & Reeve .

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Past Lectures

1979 J.F. Garner

Environmental impact statements in the United States and Britain

1980 J. Marquand

Measuring the effects and costs of regional incentives policy

1981 J.D. Steward

The dilemma of central-local relation

1982 J.P.W.B Mc Auslan

Law, market and plan in the 1980’s

1983 J. Kay

The future of local government finance

1984 K. Alexander

Rural renewal experience in the Highlands and Islands

1985 D. Harvey

Money. Time, space and the city

1986 E. Lampard

The City in History

1987 D.W. Pearce

Economic values and the natural environment

1988 M. Grant

Forty years of planning control: the case for the defence

1989 L.S. Burns

Home ownership: For better or worse, for richer or poorer

1990 A. Evans

Rabbit hutches on postage stamps: economics, planning and development in the 1990’s 

1991B. Millan

European integration and the future of the regions

1992 K. Anderson

Agricultural policies, land use and the environment

1993 D. R. Mandelker

Environmental policy: the next generation

1994 J. Banham

The future of English Local Government

1995 P. Healey

Collaborative strategy making for urban regions

1996 P. Hall

The people – where will they go?

1997 F. Reynolds

Environment and economy in the new millennium

1998 D.W. Bromley

Transitions to a new political economy: law and economics reconsidered

2014 F. Reynolds

The Case for Beauty

2015 F. Bourguignon

The Globalization of Inequality

2016 D. Pitt-Watson

How the Financial System Fails Us, and How to Fix it

2017 A. Veneables

Urbanisation in Africa – the challenge of building cities that work

2018 P. Munro-Faure

Tenure for the 21st Century

2019 Dame H. Morrissey

Beyond Political Correctness - addressing the true diversity challenge