Urban & Regional Planning

Urban & Regional Planning

Completed projects

PLPR 2016 Conference in Bern

"Land as a scarce resource"


The International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) has hold its 10th Annual Conference in 2016 in Bern.

It was a great conference with a lot of good discussions, speeches and meetings. 

We are looking forward to the next PLPR conference that will take place in Hong Kong in February 2017. 

Land ownership and spatial planning
The land use strategies of local autorities in the aftermath of New Public Management. Impacts on spatial development and sustainability

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This project focuses on the strategies followed by local authorities to shape their spatial development in a context where the public sector is under pressure to increase its cost-efficiency. It addresses a research gap in the study of spatial development in Switzerland by analyzing how local authorities use different instruments stemming from private law (public-private partnerships, non-monetary compensations, long-term leases, public property) or public law (land consolidation/reallocation, inciting instruments such as taxes and subsidies, use quotas, building obligation) to complement planning instruments (binding general plans, non-binding master plans, zoning, private plans).

The proposed research is broadly positioned within the critical literature on New Public Management that examines the impacts of the new managerial models on social, economic and environmental sustainability. It draws upon an emerging trend in critical geography (political ecology) to revive the debates on the importance of property rights to understand spatial development.


SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation)


January 2011 - July 2013

Involved researchers

  • Jean-David Gerber, University of Bern
  • Hanna Jäggi, University of Bern