Contemporary Issues in Communal Property: Dialogues and Debates

British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme on ‘Diversifying Ownership of Land?: Communal Property in the UK and China’, 2014-2017

Thursday 2nd - Friday 3rd February 2017

Leopold Hotel Sheffield, Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2GZ

Following a series of successful workshops and seminars which have explored various aspects of communal property in the UK and China, an international conference on ‘Contemporary Issues in Communal Property: Dialogues and Debates’ will be held at the Leopold Hotel Sheffield, on 2-3 February 2017. This workshop will bring together experts experienced in practices, projects and experiments involving the development of communal property, along with property theorists who look at property beyond the traditional, individualist and exclusive ownership model.

The conference will also open a conversation between scholars from the UK, China and other jurisdictions, through which we will be able to explore contemporary issues in communal property in both the UK and China. Although the history and present structure of land rights in the two regions is very different, communal property nevertheless emerges in both regions as a key component in the management of resources, notably in four related areas: agriculture, environmental protection, rural and urban development and housing. Questions to be discussed in the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. What are the similar and different structures of land rights and usages that can usefully be categorised as ‘communal property’ within the different jurisdictions?

2. What is the relationship between communal property, community management and common pool resources?

3. What is the present and potential role of communal property in each jurisdiction in relation to the management of resources?

4. What parallels can be drawn between developments in these areas?

5. What might be the contributions of studying communal property to the understanding of property from a pluralist perspective?


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VenueThe Leopold Hotel

The workshop will be held at The Leopold Hotel in Sheffield city centre

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