Submissions and registration


  • Call for papers

The PLPR invites all papers addressing topics at the intersection of planning, law, and property rights for presentation to colleagues. Papers need not be comparative multinationally, but they should be interdisciplinary across two out of three PLPR’s themes. Papers addressing any topic thus situated are welcome for submission.

Abstract submissions (up to 300 words) are due by 15 September 2019 via online conference management system:

Presenters will be notified of acceptance on or before 1 November 2019.

Types of submissions:

General Paper

Please submit your abstract as General Paper if it does not fall onto any theme of the special session below.

Special Session: Public value capture instruments

PROPOSERS: Demetrio Muñoz Gielen, Eliška Vejchodská, Andreas Hengstermann
ABSTRACT: Public value capture instruments (e.g. property taxes and betterment charges) are used to achieve private financing of public infrastructure and affordable housing. Among all these possible instruments, developer obligations ( contributions in exchange of land-use regulations) are gaining prominence. We seek to contribute to the debates about the broad spectrum of PVC-instruments from the following points of view: (i) effectiveness in terms of land use planning goal achievement and its cost-effectiveness; (ii) efficiency in terms of the allocation of land as a scarce resource among conflicting uses; (iii) justice in terms of resources distribution; (iv) legitimacy in terms of societal acceptance of the instrument.

Special Session: Private land for flood risk management – land policy instruments and strategies

PROPOSERS: Lenka Slavíková, Thomas Hartmann, Lukas Löschner
ABSTRACT: Land has become a fundamental element of flood risk management. While there is a general consensus to “accommodate water” on land for flood storage or flood runoff, the provision of the necessary land for floods is hampered by the lack of availability of privately owned land. There seems to be a reluctance to regulate the use of flood-prone land or impose building requirements. This special session explores this instruments and strategies of land policies to overcome it. Contributions are welcome that address showcase best practices, but also cases that illustrate challenges and issues. Also theoretical and explorative papers are welcome.

Special Session: Access to land for rural regeneration: issues of planning, law and property rights

PROPOSER: Willem Korthals Altes
ABSTRACT: The current trend is one of urbanisation and rural decline. EUROSTAT (2017) expects an EU urban population growth of 12% between 2014 and 2050, but a rural decline of 7%. The gross domestic product per head of the population in urban regions: is 79% above that of in rural regions (2014 figures by EUROSTAT). Notwithstanding these unfavourable conditions new generations that do aim to build a live in a rural context face the issue of access to land. There are disconnections between local communities and landownership, between new initiative and land grabbing. This session seeks papers that address issues of property rights, planning of rural communities and law in the context of access to land for rural regeneration.

Special Session: Blockchain: land registration & recording of real property interests

PROPOSERS: Balkiz Yapicioglu, Rebecca Leshinsky, Konstantinos Lalenis
ABSTRACT: This special session is proposed to address legal and governance issues as they relate to Blockchain technologies for land registration, and the recording of property and financial interests, as well as land use and development applications. The session would like to invite speakers and participants to share their proposals on how Block chain could support some of the following concerns regarding real property: efficiency of transaction processing to reduce/prevent property fraud, as a tool for analysts, regulators, and land management officials to promote property rights formalizations, fractionalization, registry modernization, and etc.

  • Call for Ph.D. workshop

The fifth PLPR full-day Ph.D workshop will take place on Monday, 17 February 2020 from 9 AM to 5 PM. The workshop aims  at  Ph.D.  students  at  any  stage,  whose  research  is  relevant  to  the intersection  of  planning,  law,  and  property  rights. The  conference  encourages  applications  from students  in  planning,  law,  economics,  real  estate, geography,  political  science,  public  policy  or related  fields. Learn more about workshop and the registration process here.

  • Call for Special Sessions

The PLPR 2020 organizers invite you to propose a Special Session to be held at PLPR 2020, which will take place in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, 17 – 21 February 2020. Special sessions will complement the regular agenda. All special sessions have to address a timely scholarly issue and cover at least two of the following topics: planning, law, and property rights. Special sessions will be open to paper submissions for all PLPR conference participants. A session can contain up to four speeches. In the case of increased interest in your topic, more separate sessions can be organized. Please submit your proposals to by 15 June 2019. Your proposal will be evaluated based on its interdisciplinarity, timeliness, quality, and expected value added. Notification about the acceptance/rejection will be made by 20 June 2019.

The content of a Special Session proposal:

A proposal should be a PDF file max. 2 pages long. It should contain:

  • Title of the Special Session
  • Abstract: max. 100 words long. The abstract will be published on the conference website to better explain the focus of your special session.
  • Rationale: Please explain why the topic is timely, innovative, and how it addresses the interdisciplinary nature of the conference.
  • Speakers: Please provide 1-2 speakers with the specification of their speeches followed by their short biographies.
  • Distribution of the invitation to Special Session: Please also provide information to which scholarly networks you are going to distribute the invitation to your Special Session

Fees and Dealines

Registration fees

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Important dead lines

Abstract Submission                             15 September 2019

Notification of Acceptance                  1 November 2019

Early Registration                                  1 December 2019

Regular Registration until                    10 January 2020


All participants register via conference management system: (possibility for registration starts on 16th September 2019).

When registering, please log in or create a new personal account. Click on „Register as Participant“ and follow instructions. In case of any issues concerning abstract submission please contact us at

Registration for the PhD workshop

Only PhD students registering for the main PLPR conference are eligible for the workshop. You are supposed to submit the abstract until 15 September 2020 and register on time via Conftool as a participant. During the registration process you will be asked if to participate in PhD workshop – please click YES.

Extended description of your research (up to 10 pages) need to be submitted until 15 December 2019 via email to Lu Zhou. Please include problem setting, research question, hypothesis, theoretical background, research design, research methods, status of the research, problems faced, and (optionally) the CV.