Geoff is now back in Addis Ababa working as the lead land adviser on the ICF International project for the World Bank. He has been undertaking a review of the extensive literature on urban land policy and practice as a basis for identifying options for consideration by central and local government.
Geoff returned to Ulaanbaatar in October and November 2017 as the international land expert on the DAI project being undertaken for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The project seeks to understand how urban planning, urban expansion and urban land policy can support the water investment by MCC.
Geoff continues to lecture annually at the universities of Darmstadt and Munich in Germany, the Institute of Housing Studies (IHS) in Erasmus University in the Netherlands and Cambridge, Oxford Brookes and Westminster in the UK. Students come from all over the world to these international master degree courses on land, housing and urban development and Geoff is proud to be able to help the next generation of professionals. The photo is of the students undertaking the master degree course in IHS. Geoff is also currently examining PhD candidates in Oxford Brookes (UK) and Queensland (Australia) universities.
Geoff was commissioned by the World Bank to review the plans and land policy instruments being applied for the development of the new state capital after the bifurcation of the state in 2014. Land for the new capital is being acquired by three policy instruments, namely land pooling, negotiated settlements and formal land acquisition. The land pooling scheme is possibly the largest in the world and is the subject of local debate. Geoff’s role is to assess the way the policies are being implemented to ensure that no groups are disadvantaged.
This summer 2017 Geoff took his latest intern Cemre to the gliding in such a sunny and clear day in London! Cemre is currently studying Land Management and Land Tenure Programme at Technical University of Munich and doing a short-term internship at GPA. It was the first gliding experience for Cemre and she was very […]
Geoff is delighted to welcome a new intern to GPA! Cemre Şahinkaya is from Istanbul and is studying at the Technical University Munich master degree course on Land Tenure and Land Management. Geoff met Cemre when lecturing on the course in 2016 and was happy to invite Cemre to come to London as part of her […]
Open Mundus Urbano has just released their interview with Geoff about his view on urban development and land management as part of Mundus Urbano Interview series. You can see it on their website.
Geoff was invited by the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) to write a summary of the Habitat III conference in Quito, in October 2016. The blog can be uploaded here.
The United Nations has just released Geoff’s lecture on land tenure and property rights as part of the UN-Habitat Global Urban Lecture series. You can see it on their website. The lecture distills 30 years of international experience on land tenure issues to provide a short, non-technical review of concepts, issues, methods and policy examples. Geoff hopes the lecture will […]
On the 22nd of May, Geoff took his two interns Bereket Neguse from Eritrea and Wenes Widiyani from Indonesia gliding and hiking at the Dunstable, London. They are both currently part of the Mundus Urbano – MSc in International Cooperation in Urban Development, doing their second year Masters program at the University of Grenoble Alpes, […]
One of the greatest rewards of working on housing issues in rapidly urbanising countries is the opportunity to see how resourceful people are when it comes to obtaining land and housing, even when they have extremely limited resources. The World Habitat Awards, organised and funded by BSHF, provide a wealth of examples of such innovation and […]
In late 2016, Geoff was invited by ICF Consultants to join their proposal to undertake a major review of urban land supply and affordable housing in Ethiopia. The proposal was successful and Geoff has been appointed as the lead consultant in the review of urban land production and lease transfer, while Dr. Graham Tipple […]
Geoff has been invited to become a member of the International Committee of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Although Geoff missed the meeting in March due to travel commitments, he hopes to contribute actively on issues relating to urban planning in the Global South, where the challenges facing the planning profession are particularly […]
GPA Vietnam 2017 mission
The Winner of 2017 World Habitat Awards
Picture by BSHF. Geoff was invited by David Ireland, Director of the Building and Social Housing Foundation, to visit Senegal to review a shortlisted project for the 2017 World Habitat Awards which the foundation sponsors and organises. Geoff was one of several trustees invited to visit projects in different countries and was in Senegal between […]
Geoff attended Habitat III in Quito Ecuador in October at the invitation of the Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South (NAERUS), sponsored by Cities Alliance. In Quito, Geoff made several contributions including: Presenting a keynote paper on ‘Increasing tenure security for community development and urban transformation’. The paper is due to […]
Geoff is happy to announce that copies of a book produced by Arc-Peace, (International Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility) entitled ‘Architecture and planning under different political systems’ is available for free download here. Please feel free to disseminate information about Arc-Peace and the book.
Geoff was invited by Jaime Royo Olid and Anna Rowell of the Cambridge University group Architects Sans Frontiers (ASF) to give a lecture at the School of Architecture on 27 April. The title of Geoff’s lecture was ‘The global urban challenge: Are architects and planners part of the solution or part of the problem?’ Following […]
Geoff is happy to announce that Christopher de Gruben has joined GPA as an Associate. Christopher is the managing partner of M.A.D. (Make a Difference), an organisation of real estate consultants based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He obtained his postgraduate diploma at Said Business School, Oxford University and a master’s degree at Reading University and is currently […]