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A new blog from Geoff for RTPI !

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has launched a new campaign ‘Plan The World We Need’ for which they invited Geoff to write a blog about UK policy on addressing the climate crisis.                                                                                           

The blog has just been included as part of the launch and can be found at:

New land tenure and property rights matrices from the TU Darmstadt students

GPA is proud to announce twenty new contributions to the online library of land tenure and property rights matrices! Students from many different countries undertaking the Mundos Urbanos master degree course at the Technical University of Darmstadt have submitted a land tenure and property rights matrix for their own city indicating the full range of statutory, religious, customary and non-formal land tenure categories known to exist in their respective urban areas, together with their associated property rights. This expands the library considerably and covers many cities around the world. Please click here to see the students’ land matrices.

Readers are also invited to download the format and submit one for other cities by following the simple steps provided from the link  here to fill our Land Tenure and Property Matrix. If you would like to see the guideline for preparing the matrix, please click here and send your answers to and follow the results on the website!

Geoff’s continuing online classes at Darmstadt!

Geoff is pleased to carry on lecturing at the  Mundus Urbano master’s degree course at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany in May 2020! Due to the corona-virus restrictions, the classes were undertaken online with the high motivation of the students of the programme.

The class was made up of 21 students from 13 different countries and very interdisciplinary backgrounds of (architects, environmental planners, civil engineers) and the week consisted of two parts.

Mundus Urbano Group Picture 2020!

In part one, daily Zoom sessions addressed the challenge of improving access to affordable land and housing and group work to analyze a situation based on real experience and prepare detailed design and financial proposals. 

In part two, discussions, an exercise, and a film were seen issues of land tenure and property rights. This included a review of the literature, a methodological framework for analyzing existing tenure categories and a range of policy options. 

The student groups have presented their projects!

At the end of the class, the presentations were given by the student groups and discussions were  made with Geoff!

The presentation of the Girs Power team!

Geoff is examining at Westminster University

Geoff was invited to be the external examiner for the MA Degree in International Planning and Sustainable Development (and Pathways on Spatial Planning and Urban Resilience) at Westminster University, in London. After reviewing the course, Geoff was happy to recommend that it be re-validated for the maximum permitted period as it constituted a flagship course for the university, particularly given the current coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis.

Geoff’s interview with Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Geoff was interviewed on Skype recently by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China, wanting to know his thoughts about development, cities and the role of professionals.

You can hear and read the resulting interview by clicking on the links below!



Geoff’s lectures in 2020

Geoff was delighted to start the first lecturing of the year in the Urban Land Governance Specialization at the The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam!

Geoff has also been invited to give lectures on land tenure and property rights during the next month at the universities of Cambridge, London and Westminster!

More publications for free access!

Geoff is extremely pleased and grateful that Liverpool University Press and the UK National Archives, which holds the copyright, have both given permission for the Urban Projects Manual: A guide to preparing upgrading and new development projects accessible to low income groups, edited by Geoff and Forbes Davidson, to be available for free download. However, this permission is restricted to online access only, not for printing.
Geoff, Forbes, other contributors and David Allen, the director of the projects in Ismailia, Egypt, on which the Manual is based, hope you find it helpful. To read the Manual click here.
To read a review of the Manual, click here