The RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) recently published Geoff’s blog on sharing the benefits of land development, as part of its campaign to Plan the World We Need. Please click here to read it!
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has launched a new campaign ‘Plan The World We Need’ https://www.rtpi.org.uk/
The blog has just been included as part of the launch and can be found at:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the results on the website!
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.
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.
At the end of the class, the presentations were given by the student groups and discussions were made with Geoff!
Geoff has been appointed by the Royal Town Planning Institute to be one of the judges of the annual RTPI Research Awards, 2020. The Awards will be announced later in April!
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 was interviewed on Skype recently by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
You can hear and read the resulting interview by clicking on the links below!
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!
Geoff contributed the article ‘Owning up: What price home ownership?’ to the December 2008 issue of Housing Finance International journal. The editor has kindly agreed that it can be downloaded free of charge and Geoff is happy to recommend the journal. Click here to see the article!