The UGoveRN Planning+Property Chapter hosts a wide range of dynamic researchers who are interested in the intersections between planning and property. Connecting academics from different disciplines, public sector planners and property industry actors to push lies at the heart of UGoveRN Planning+Property activities.
The Planning+Property Chapter was established in 2020 as part of the UGoveRN network initiated by Prof. Dr. Tuna Tasan-Kok within the framework of her Chair of Urban Governance and Planning at UvA. Founding members were Dr. Sara Özogul, Andre Legarza, Nagwa Kady and Mariam Hussain.
The Chapter is funded in partnership with the UGoveRN research network with the generous support from the University of Amsterdam's Centre for Urban Studies.
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The Planning+Property Chapter initiates a variety of projects, including webinar series and early career seminars, in collaboration with a wide range of academic, public and property industry partners. Find out more about our ongoing and past projects:
Real estate investment and development are key processes and contentions that shape contemporary cities. While the key players in these processes – investors, developers, urban policymakers and planners – received heightened attention in Urban Studies in recent years, the discipline continues to grapple with the complexity and fast-paced nature of the real estate industry. Global investments into built environments and particularly the financialisation of urban development are addressed across various contexts in the global North and South (Robinson et al. 2020). However, literature on this topic has been critiqued for its limited empirical base (Crosby and Henneberry 2016), its poor differentiation between types of developers (Ballard and Butcher 2019) and investors (Özogul and Tasan-Kok 2020), and its oversimplification of investment decisions by private sector actors (Raco et al. 2019). Furthermore, data and knowledge of the real estate industry itself is often either inaccessible or overlooked by academics. The project aims to address multiple knowledge gaps on the real estate industry in the wider Urban Studies by establishing an interdisciplinary and interprofessional network of Urban Studies, Planning and Real Estate scholars, and professional real estate organisations to collaboratively develop four public webinars and two early-career seminars.
Property market actors play important roles in shaping built urban environments. But in-depth, empirically-driven research that investigates how these actors make decisions within urban space remains missing within urban scholarship and municipal policy decisions. Property market research and data is expensive and protected by strong privacy regulations – making it inaccessible to most urban scholars. Similarly, planning practitioners and scholars seldom attend property conferences or publish in academic finance and property-related journals. This project argues that the gap between urban (planning) and property scholarship can be bridged by creating dialogue between property market actors, planning experts, and scholars. It aims to initiate this dialogue through coordinating the following activities to bring different 'universes' together, co-producing property market knowledge for urban planners, and commoning the results.
Real estate investment and development are key processes that shape contemporary cities. Nonetheless, meaningful engagement between scholars from the fields of Urban Studies, Spatial Planning and Real Estate is rare. At the same time, stereotypes attached to both public and private actors working in the property sector may hamper successful collaboration. The Property Webinar Series aimed to foster interdisciplinary and inter-professional discussions on urban real estate. In four thematic sessions, the webinar series brought together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds and property industry leaders, and showcased how a joint discussion between scholars from different disciplines with property industry leaders can lead to fruitful conversations and potential future research endeavours.