• Welcome to the new GPA website!
  • The New GPA Intern 2017
  • Geoff in Mundus Urbano Interview Series
  • Geoff in UN-Habitat Global Urban Lecture series
  • 2017 Spring Interns Outing in Dunstable
  • Succeeding in the Sahel
  • Geoff Elected a Member of the International Committee of the RTPI
  • Geoffrey Payne: Contribution to Habitat III in Quito
  • Geoffrey Visiting Senegal for the 2017 World Habitat Awards
  • Geoff Gives Lecture at Cambridge University 2016
  • Farewell, and thanks, but not goodbye! Interns depart

Gliding time!

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 […]

New GPA Intern 2017

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 […]

Geoff in Mundus Urbano Interview Series

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 in UN-Habitat Global Urban Lecture series

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 […]

Spring Interns Outing

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, […]

Succeeding in the Sahel

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 […]

Ethiopia Urban Land Supply and Affordable Housing Study

  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 Elected a Member of the International Committee of the RTPI

  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 […]

Geoffrey Visiting Senegal for the 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 […]

Geoffrey Payne: Contribution to Habitat III in Quito

  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 gives lecture at Cambridge University

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 […]

New GPA Associate!

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 […]


Late last year, we celebrated twenty years since Geoffrey Payne and Associates was established. I wrote a short paper to reflect on these two decades and outline the actions I think are needed to improve access to land and housing in the future. I invited friends to contribute their own thoughts and ideas and I […]

New intern – Martina Manara

Martina Manara joined GPA as intern after completing a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at LSE. Previously, she trained and practiced as an architect (BSc and MSc, University of Lugano, Switzerland) and studied philosophy (BA, University of Freiburg, Switzerland). Her interest in human settlements, self-help construction and upgrading projects has grown by collaborating […]

GPA@20 celebration!

In October 2015, Geoff was proud (and surprised!) to celebrate twenty years since establishing GPA. During that time, many great friends have collaborated with Geoff on consultancy, research and capacity building assignments throughout the world to help improve access to land and housing in urban areas. To mark the occasion, Geoff and Rita hosted a […]

Uganda needs investment for all – not just the rich

Uganda is a country on the move. Following the trauma of the Idi Amin period, political stability and economic policies aligned with international trade have generated economic development and social change – but are plans for attracting inward investment ignoring the economic realities facing Uganda’s people? Geoffrey Payne has written on inward investment in Uganda, […]