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Texas A&M University College of Architecture

Letter from Richard K. Norton

President, PLPR
Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Program
University of Michigan, USA



The International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) was established more than a decade ago to create a forum for promoting multi-national and interdisciplinary study. Its members include academics and practitioners who are experts in their own disciplines but who also have real interest in better understanding the nuances of others. In addition to nurturing advanced graduate students, the association’s core functions include providing a peer group of scholars and promoting cross-national and comparative perspectives on scholarly work at the intersection of planning, law, and property rights.

PLPR does this primarily through the organization of regular annual conferences. PLPR 2019 at Texas A&M is the 13th annual conference for our association and the third to be held in North America. We have developed a robust membership for our organization, and we greatly value new participants as the conference moves around the globe from year to year.

Coming to Texas, we hope especially to attract new participants to our association from North America and the Pacific Rim who have not been able to travel to our European conferences past but who seek to expand their own understanding on topics related to PLPR through interdisciplinary and multi-national comparison. Toward that end, PLPR 2019 Texas A&M offers an exceptional opportunity and contribution to our efforts, one especially timely given ongoing concerns globally about the impacts of climate change and natural hazards on the city. It is the latest meeting of colleagues working to advance our knowledge of things planning, law, and property rights, and it will set the stage for yet further meetings and collaborations to come.

Please join us this year for PLPR 2019 in College Station!

Richard K. Norton

Richard K. Norton