Symposia / Seminars

Seminar on

Scottish Land Reform – A Property Rights Approach to Urban Regeneration?

May 11, 2016

Speaker: Prof. David Adams, Ian Mactaggart Chair of Property and Urban Studies, The University of Glasgow

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Venue: KB526, Knowles Building, HKU

All are welcome.


This seminar will explore current debates around urban land reform in Scotland and especially its potential to overcome ownership constraints to urban redevelopment. It will explore four particular recommendations recently made by the Scottish Government’s Land Reform Review Group, drawing on international land policy experience, including some lessons from Hong Kong. These recommendations involve the introduction of statutory rights of pre-emption, majority land assembly, urban partnership zones and especially compulsory sale orders. The latter, which would challenge the rights of property owners to keep land vacant or derelict indefinitely, have gained considerable political support and seem likely to be enacted shortly.

About the speaker

David Adams holds the Ian Mactaggart Chair of Property and Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, having previously worked at the Universities of Reading, Manchester and Aberdeen. His research interests are in state-market relations in land and property, with particular focus on planning and land policy, real estate developers, speculative housebuilders, brownfield redevelopment, and place quality. He has published widely in these fields, most notably as co-author of Greenfields, Brownfields and Housing Development (2002), co-editor of Planning, Public Policy and Property Markets (2005) and Urban Design in the Real Estate Development (2011) and co-author of Shaping Places: Urban Planning, Design and Development (2013).fields. Her research interests include real estate finance and project finance, leasing theory, financial institutions, and public finance.

Seminar on

Coasean Approach to Property Rights Research

Jointly Organized by

The Ronald Coase Institute

The Ronald Coase Center for Property Rights Research

May 8, 2015

Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Venue: KB726, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong


Mary M. Shirley
Ronald Coase Institute
Title: Ronald Coase’s Views on the Conduct of Economics

Marc Law
University of Vermont
Title: How does political centralization affect cities and local governments?

Dean Lueck
University of Arizona
Title: Coasean Research on Property Rights

Robert Aliber
University of Chicago
Title: Property Bubbles in the US, Japan, and China

 Inaugural Symposium

Ronald Coase Centre for Property Rights Research

May 8, 2015

Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

Venue: Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

Keynote Speeches:

Professor Lee Benham
Board Member, The Ronald Coase Institute and
Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Washington University

Title: Ronald Coase and Opportunities for Intellectual Arbitrage

Dr Ning Wang
International Director, The Ronald Coase Center for the Study of the Economy, Zhejiang University; and
Senior Research Fellow, The Ronald Coase Institute

Title: The Market for Ideas and China’s Market Transformation

Professor Chris Webster
Dean, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Title: Development as Property Rights Fragmentation; Three Property Rights Lacunae; and Four Social Outcomes

Video Presentation:

Dr Richard Sandor
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Financial Products LLC; and
Founder, Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics, University of Chicago

Title: Coase’s Influence on Environmental Markets

  Symposium on

2014 Asia Pacific Real Estate Research

Jul 28-29, 2014

Jointly Organized by

The University of Hong Kong


National University of Singapore and Tsinghua University

Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Seminar on

The Taxonomy of Financial Crisis

March 21, 2014

Speaker: Professor Robert Z. Aliber,Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Finance, University of Chicago

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Venue: KB531, 5/F Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong

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