17-21 February 2020

Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Ústí nad Labem, Czechia

For all participants and even those who were not present – you can see the video here!

The conference program is available here:

Offline version of the program for download here.

Download Book of Abstract here.

See PLPR Conference Booklet here… with all instructions you need to know (not to get lost).

Our Keynotes

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Karina Pallagst
Prof. Ing. arch. Karel Maier, CSc.
Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Jaroslav Koutský, Ph.D.

More info about our Keynotes speakers

Message from Rector

Dear colleagues and guests,

On behalf of the local organizing committee and J. E. Purkyně University, the hosting institution, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, for the 14th Annual Conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR). With the increasing societal demands on the use of land and resources, politicians, practitioners, academia, and the public face the inevitable challenges to reconcile different social interests, values and expectations. The message of PLPR in this context is simple: Planning matters. Law matters. Property matters.

I am honoured that our university was selected as the host institution for the PLPR conference in 2020. As a geographer focused on landscape planning, as well as a Rector of the university, which is located in a region with many contrasts, including unique natural monuments and nearby old industrial centres or settlements affected both by historical border disputes and current cross-border interactions, I strongly believe that the university and its surrounding will be a perfect place to stimulate your discussions and foster our current knowledge in planning issues.

I wish you good luck with your deliberations in the buildings of our University and in Ústí nad Labem. I hope you will also have some time to enjoy its great surroundings.

Martin Balej



The International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) will hold its 14th annual conference 17 – 21 February 2020 at Jan Evangelista Purkyne University (UJEP) in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. The conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Social and Economic Studies and Faculty of Science.

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 (such as land use regulation and governance, regional and local planning, urban development, etc.). We welcome any proposed presentation situated accordingly. In 2020, selected special sections and a key note will be devoted to the problem of fragmentation (of land, institutions and planning). The theme reflects the post-socialist Central European reality dealing with the enormous fragmentation of land ownership as well as responsibilities and rules regarding the use of (public) spaces.


Jiří Dvořák, (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Jan Evangelista Purkyně University (UJEP) was founded in 1991. It is situated in the regional capital of Northern Bohemia, Ústi nad Labem. It adopted the name of the famous anatomist and physiologist of the 19th century, Dr. Purkyně (1787–1869), who was born in the region.

Currently, UJEP represents the cultural, educational and scientific centre of the region. It consists of 8 faculties covering the wide range of social and natural sciences, including philosophy, economics, art, mechanical engineering and environment. It serves almost 10,000 students annually. It is appreciated national-wide for its Art and Design programs. Strong internationally recognized research teams are situated at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Institute for Economic and Environmental Policy of the Faculty of Social and Economic Studies and the Department of Geography of the Faculty of Science.

PLPR 2020 is situated in the university campus (MFC center) at Pasteurova 1, Usti nad Labem.


Porta Bohemica, source: https://www.usti-nad-labem.cz/en/

The Ústí nad Labem city is the regional centre of Nothern Czechia situated on the Elbe (Labe) River, just half way between Prague (capital of Czechia) and Dresden (Germany).

The city with several historical monuments of national importance, underwent distinct transformation from provincial town to industrial centre of the country, nearby to open-pit brown coal mines. An extensive socialist renewal took place since the Second World War, during which parts of the city were destroyed, to the late 1980s, while the last three decades (since 1989) were characteristic of post-socialist economic and social transformation.

As a result, the city clearly manifests the planning challenges of post-industrial cities, including competitiveness in globalizing economies, equity issues related to social exclusion, dilemmas of urban renewal within the process of urban shrinkage, as well as specific issues such as challenges for flood risk management posed by extreme Elbe River floods in the past decades (learn more).

If you want to read something special about the city, do not hesitate to try our booklet! Available in online version: http://bit.ly/ustibooklet or to download here: Post-industrial diamond

Porta Bohemica, source: https://www.usti-nad-labem.cz/en/

Local organising committee

Prof. Jiřina Jílková

In 2012 – 2017, Jiřina represented UJEP as the Vice-rector for the Research. Her research is focused on the impact assessment of regulatory instruments of public policies.

Assoc. Prof. Pavel Raška

From 2014, Pavel has served as the Chair of the Department of Geography. His research is focused on multidisciplinary research of environmental hazards and risks.

Assoc. Prof. Lenka Slavíková

From 2007, Lenka has served as the executive director of the university research institute IEEP. She is focused on water and biodiversity governance.

Dr. Eliška Vejchodská

Eliška is lecturer and researcher focusing on land value capture policy instruments with the particular interest in sustainable development of cities.

Zdeňka Smutná

Zděnka is PhD student at the FSE UJEP. She is focused on regional development and economic geography issues.