PhD Workshop



We are pleased to announce the first PLPR full-day PhD Workshop on Monday 15th. This workshop will combine the well-known friendly and cooperative atmosphere of PLPR events with the all-new format of a full-day workshop. Highlights are:
  • mentoring from experienced researchers
  • hands-on work on your PhD project
  • social and networking activities with your peers in the workshop
The workshop is aimed at PhD students, at any stage, whose research is relevant to the intersection between planning, law, and property rights. We look forward to receiving applications from students in Geography, Spatial Planning, Law, Political Science, or other related fields.

Organization and contact information

The workshop is organised by Andreas Hengstermann (Bern 2016 Local Organizing Committee, University of Bern) and Cygal Pellach (PLPR PhD Coordinatior, Technion, Haifa). 

General information

Conference fee will be announced soon.
This fee covers:
  • All workshop activities
  • Lunch on the day of the workshop
  • All conference activities covered in the general conference fee
  • Accommodation in a Scout’s house for out-of-town participants for the duration of the workshop and conference (14th – 20th February, 2015) – details below
Travel costs and other expenses (e.g. breakfast and dinner) are to be covered by participants.
Financial support
Funds for the workshop have been provided by the Fund for the Promotion of Young Researchers, enabled by the Intermediate Staff Association of the University of Bern (Mittelbauvereinigung) and the Vice-Rectorate Research of the University of Bern. It is due to this generous financial assistance that we are able to run the PhD workshop. It has enabled us to offer the workshop at a low price to make it accessible to a wide range of students. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to grant scholarships or additional subsidies to individual participants.
Application Procedure
PhD students (at any stage) can apply to participate in the workshop. Please note that the workshop is an extension of the PLPR Conference – not a stand-alone event. In order to participate, you will be required to submit an abstract and present at the conference itself.  As such, passing the abstract review process is a prerequisite for participation. Our additional requirement from workshop participants is that you submit an extended description of your PhD project in order to provide a basis for discussion at the workshop itself.

In total, you are asked to submit three documents:

  1. Your abstract for the paper you wish to present at the conference
  2. A short description of your PhD Project 1-3 pages, including: research topic, (sub-)discipline, research question, and abstract (may be the same abstract as above, but has to submit separately to the database).
  3. A extended description of your research Not more than 10 pages, including problem setting, research question, hypothesis, theoretical background, research design, research methods, status of your research, problems faced, and your CV
The timeline for submission for the PLPR 2016 Conference and PhD workshop is as follows:
01 Sept 2015  Submission open
16 Oct 2015 

Deadline for submission of conference abstract and short PhD description. 

25 Nov 2015 

Notification of acceptance.

15 Jan 2015  Deadline for submission of extended PhD description and for registration for the workshop. 
No extension will be granted on any deadline.


We are pleased to announce that participants of the 1st PLPR Full-Day PhD workshop will be lectured and mentored by following mentors:

  • Marta Lora-Tamayo Vallvé, PTU National University Distance Education Spain
  • Chris Webster, University of Hong Kong
  • Ben Davy, TU Dortmund University


The program for the PhD workshop:

Sunday before 15.00 Arrival  
  from 12.00 Check-In at Aareheim
  16.00-18.00 Social activity   
  Evening Joint cooking & dinner   
Monday 8.30-17.30 Workshop
incl. presentation of each PhD project (max. 30min) 
  Evening Joining the PLPR Get-together-Beer   

If you have problems to arrive in Bern before Sunday 15.00, please give us a short notice. Students will be asked to read discriptions of other students and to present their own research.


The price level of Bern hotels is quite high and we know that it might be a problem for students from abroad. As such, we offer a basic accommodation over Sun. 14th to Sat. 20th – for free.

The accommodation is in the form of a Scout`s house (Aareheim Pfadi Berna – website in German). It is centrally located and next to the river Aare. The house is equipped with a big common room, a mixed dormitory (please bring a sleeping bag!) and a big kitchen (at your disposal for self-catering).

We only have limited capacity. Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to use that offer so that we can reserve a place for you! Update: Fully booked.

For those who do not use that offer, please regard the information on accommodations in Bern here.