Land Economy’s research concerns how society interacts with the environment, both natural and built. We are multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, principally drawing on economics, law, finance and planning but also including insights from several other disciplines, from engineering to political science.
Our work aims to inform debates about some of the biggest issues facing the world – climate change, loss of biodiversity, threats to food security, the effects of migration – as well as contributing to national debates about levelling up, housing, urban and regional development and the stability of financial markets. We also work on more fundamental issues that lie behind current debates, in for example law and governance and in finance. We currently incorporate the following centres:
Our Research Centres
Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR)
The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research is a University of Cambridge research centre conducting innovative, policy-relevant research. Led by Dr Gemma Burgess, CCHPR has an international reputation as a leading academic research institution in all aspects of housing, planning and land use.
Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy (CCEPP)
The Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy is an independently funded research centre within the Department of Land Economy. It is focused on interpreting and understanding economic phenomena and public policy. Public Policy is the guiding force in the analysis and the emphasis is on a wide range of predominantly, but not exclusively, macroeconomic issues.
Cambridge Real Estate Research Centre (CRERC)
The Cambridge Real Estate Research Centre was established in 2013 to respond to the expanding national and international research agenda in real estate and to bridge the gap between academic theory and commercial practice in the sector. The Centre is one of the dedicated research centres at Cambridge University and contributes to the world class status of research at the University. We are a non-profit making organisation with any surpluses used to support further research and education in the Centre and the Department.
Lab of Interdisciplinary Spatial Analysis (LISA)
LISA is a Geographic Information Lab that allows congregating data, software and expertise for spatial analysis in Land Economy's related subjects (Planning, Real Estate and Finance, Environmental Policy and Climate Change). Its members include staff, students, researchers, collaborators from other Universities and private sector.
Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG)
CEENRG's core mission is to conduct integrative research on the governance of environmental transitions, understood as social and technological processes driven by environmental constraints that lead to fundamental changes in social organisation. Our work draws upon the knowledge of the drivers and implications of environmental change generated in various centres across the University of Cambridge and focuses on the law and governance dimensions of environmental transitions. Law is viewed as a technology to bring, guide and/or manage environment-driven societal transformation.
Cambridge Centre for Property Law (CCPL)
The Centre exists to further research and scholarship in the general field of the law of real property - land law, landlord and tenant law, aspects of trusts law and related matters connected with real property such as planning and environmental regulation. The Centre runs academic conferences and works with Governmental and Non-Governmental agencies on both the policy and technical detail of the law relating to property.
Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Development
The overarching mission of the Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Development is to offer valuable and actionable insights that will help ethical leaders to cope and thrive; and to drive policy innovations and institutional development in a changing world. Resiliency and sustainability depend on good leadership, empowered people, the wise use of natural resources and the profitable activities of ethical companies to bridge the gaps between rich and poor, so as to enhance prosperity for all.