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Institutional Innovations in Land Development and Planning in 20th and 21st Centuries

Urban planning and land development legislative frameworks in the developed economies evolved constantly during the 20th century, changing roughly every decade in the UK for example. In fast urbanising Asia, governments are rapidly putting into place their own institutions to support the conversion of agricultural land and adaptation of redundant urban land into high density habitats. China’s experience in particular provides a fascinating laboratory for the comparison of old and new ideas. In this PLPR conference we wish to bring together contributions that reflect on the efficacy, efficiency and equity of a wide variety of urban planning and land management instruments. Leading planning, law and property rights academics from around the world will be joined by senior urban decision-makers and government officials from China and Hong Kong SAR to explore what could work, what might have worked, what did not work, what can be improved and what might be a dead end. Now is a good time for scholars from countries with a century or more of experience in legislating for urban growth to share experiences with the newly urbanising countries; and Hong Kong, at the epicentre of the Asian high density urban-led economic boom, is a good place to meet.

Two special issue arrangements have been setup for the PLPR2017 meeting. The one with Habitat International shares the same title of the conference – “Institutional Innovations in Land Development and Planning in 20th and 21st Centuries”. Another one with the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment is entitled “Urban Conservation: Institutions, Incentives and Responses”. Both are SSCI-indexed journals.