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Planners and real estate industry actors are dependent on each other for financing, regulating, and implementing urban real estate development. In this process, boundaries between public and private sectors, roles, and responsibilities are often blurred. The covid19 pandemic has accentuated this trend: cities are confronted with a growing number of issues (inadequate housing supplies, deficient amenities, property vacancies, inner-city retail challenges, etcetera) that can only be solved through close collaboration between planning authorities and real estate firms.

Event details of Blurred boundaries and dealmaking in urban real estate development | 23 June, 2021 16:00-17:30 CEST | Public webinar
Date 23 June 2021
Time 16:00 -17:30

In this webinar, international experts from academia and practice will debate the effects of covid19 on blurred boundaries and dealmaking in cities from planning and real estate perspectives. Are planning authorities considering the dynamic needs and preferences of the real estate industry, and vice versa? To what extent are new forms of collaboration emerging, or are longstanding alliances and disputes simply continuing? And what are the short-term and long-term consequences of changing interdependencies and ways of dealmaking between planners and real estate industry actors?

The webinar is part of Connect21, a collaborative project to bridge multiple knowledge gaps in global real estate research. Connect21 is embedded in the ongoing activities of the Planning+Property Chapter of the Urban Governance Research Network, and has been funded by the Centre for Urban Studies as part of the Seed Grant XL for "Levelling the Playing-Field of Urban Planning: Co-producing and Commoning Property Market Knowledge." For more information on the project and its partners, please visit the website or immediately register here.


  • Emma Street, Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Governance at Henley Business School, University of Reading
  • Francois Viruly, Associate Professor of Property Economics, Investment, and Finance at University of Cape Town
  • Eric Huybrechts, Manager of International Affairs, Institute of Planning and Urbanism, France