Welcome to the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights!

Planning matters. Law matters. Property matters. These three simple messages inspire the growing PLPR community to examine the difficult relationship between public and private interests in the use of land.

PLPR Group Photo
PLPR Group Photo. March 2024. Source: T.U.M., Munich

PLPR activities: Upcoming 2025 conference in Cardiff, UK.

We are pleased to announce that next year’s annual conference of the Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) Association will take place in Cardiff (Wales, UK) on 3-7 March 2025. The conference will be hosted by Dr Sina Shahab and his colleagues in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. More information will be posted on the conference website.

We invite proposals to organize special sessions (or a roundtable or any alternative, creative event format that you would like to organize) at the PLPR2025 conference. To submit your proposal, please fill out the attached form and email it to the Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee, Dr Sina Shahab (ShahabS@cardiff.ac.uk). The deadline for submission of the roundtable/special session proposals is 15 July 2024.

Additional Events: Annual Conference in Munich, Germany, 18th-22d of March 2024.

The International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) held its 18th annual conference (March 2024) in Munich (Germany), hosted by the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

With over 160 attendees, conference papers and thematic sessions focused on a wide array of topics including: value capture, developer obligations, ownership data, vertical densification, institutional analysis and more.

More information on the conference can be found on our website.

PLPR annual conference in Munich
PLPR 2024, Annual Conference, Munich

PhD workshop, March 18, 2024

Our annual conference on 18-22 of March, 2024, held a special PhD workshop in Munich, Germany. 21 PhD students from across the globe shared their knowledge and research, and were mentored in small discussion groups by senior scholars from the PLPR community.

PhD Workshop, Munich 2024
PhD workshop, March 2024, Munich

During the general assembly in Michigan, PLPR’s ExCo announced the upcoming location and host of our next conference. The 18th annual conference of PLPR will be hosted by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) on March 18-22, 2024. It will be hosted by the Chair of land management in the School of Engineering and Design.

PLPR’s flag was delivered to our Munich hosts and travelled across the Atlantic to find a new home.

May 2-5, 2023
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Aerial view of Ann Arbor, Michigan

On 2-5 May PLPR was hosted by the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. PLPR is indebted to Richard (Dick) Norton, who welcomed us with enthusiasm and facilitated an inspiring and engaging intellectual interaction on Planning, Law, and Property Rights. Furthermore, we would like to thank Dawn Jourdan (University of Maryland) and Ellen Bassett (Georgia Tech College of Design) for their Sponsorship.

PLPR 2023 hosted about 100 scholars from around the globe, with parallel sessions focusing on a range of subjects at the heart of ongoing research. This included sessions about rural planning, housing security, land valuation, urban green space, densification, climate change and law, comparative policy analysis and more.

PLPR 2023 Group Photo. Source: Courtesy of PLPR community

​Annual PLPR conferences provide an opportunity to present scholarship covering a broad array of topics residing at the intersection of planning, law, and/or property rights, and we welcome any proposed presentation situated accordingly. For more information on the 2023 conference website see here.

Flag Ceremony in Ann Arbor MI


PLPR 2022 Group photo. Source: Courtesy of PLPR 2022 organizers

Additional (select) PLPR activities:

  • PhD E-Seminar on July 15th 2021. Information here.
  • In February 2021, we conducted a series of PLPR 2021 Online Sessions instead of a conference. So, there was a PLPR activity in February 2021 even in Covid times! Report here. The program also included an Online PhD Workshop.
  • PLPR Track (“Law”) during 32nd AESOP Annual Congress, July 2019 in Venice, Italy.
  • 3rd PLPR Pacific Rim Regional Meeting was held 16-17 April 2018 in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.