Paul Rabé

Paul Rabé

Lead Specialist in Urban Land Governance, Assistant Professor

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Paul Rabé is a political scientist by training, with a doctoral degree in policy, planning and development from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy (2009), a Master’s degree in Urban Management from IHS/Erasmus University, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs (Economic and Political Development) from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. 

Paul’s research and professional interests focus on land governance and access to land in urban and peri-urban areas. His doctoral research focused on the innovative land conflict resolution mechanism of “land sharing”, as practised in Thailand and Cambodia. From 2003 to 2007, Paul was based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where (among others) he worked with the Municipality of Phnom Penh and the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction on urban and rural social land concessions for the poor. He has also worked on advisory projects in other countries of Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans on a range of land instruments and policies related to housing, planning, poverty reduction, and the environment. 

In addition to his work at IHS as advisor and coordinator of the Land Management: Law, Finance, Real Estate & Natural Resources Master track, Paul is the coordinator of the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA), based at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at the University of Leiden. UKNA is a research network on urbanization in Asia that brings together over 100 researchers from 16 different universities and institutes. Countries including India, China, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe produce policy-relevant knowledge on urbanization.


Rabé, P., Bracken, G., Parthasarathy, R., Sami, N., Zhang, B. forthcoming (2020).Future Challenges of Cities in Asia”, Amsterdam University Press.

 Rabé, P., Zhang, S., Zevenbergen C. and Jiang, Y. (2018). “The Influences of Sponge City on Property Values in Wuhan, China”, in Water, 10, 766 (2018); doi:10.3390/w10060766. 

 Rabé, P., Leeruttanawisut, K. (2018). “Revisiting Land Sharing in Bangkok, Thailand: The Sengki Case”. Chapter 5 in Global Experiences in Land Readjustment, UN-Habitat.

Rabé, P., Pennink, C., Jachnow, A., Bongwa, A., Keunen, E., Davidson, F., Yoosuf, H., Babu, M.  Taralunga, N., Ruijsink, S., Racoviceanu, S., Grafakos, S., Olivotto,  V. (2017). "City Development Strategies 2.0—Cities Growing with Vision”. A toolkit developed for and published by Cities Alliance.

Rabé, P. (2014). From ‘Squatters’ to Citizens? Slum Dwellers, Developers, Land Sharing and Power in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Scholars’ Press.

OSCE (2013). Best Practices for Roma Integration: Regional Report on Housing Legalization, Settlement Upgrading and Social Housing for Roma in the Western Balkans. OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), February 2014 (ISBN: 978-92-9234-882-3) [Co-authors: Rabé, P. and A. Ayala]. 

PRCUD (2013). New Paradigms of Housing and Urban Development in Thailand. Rabé, P., principal author of the final report of the 2013 Roundtable Forum of the Pacific Rim Council for Urban Development, held in Bangkok, Thailand.

ASCL (2012). Power Analysis: a Study of Participation at the Local Level in Tanzania. Working paper no. 105, African Studies Center, University of Leiden (Netherlands), August 2012 [Co-authors: A. Kamanzi and Rabé, P.]

Peter Harnik (2010). Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities. Public Works Management and Policy, Vol. 17, July 2012. Island Press. [Book reviewer: Rabé, P.]

Rabé, P. (2012). Yeosu, the World’s Scenic Harbor City. (Principal author of the 2012 final report ). Roundtable Forum of the Pacific Rim Council for Urban Development, held in Yeosu, Korea.

Rabé, P. (2011). Urban Planning and Climate Change in Indonesia. (Principal author of the 2011 final report). Roundtable Forum of the Pacific Rim Council for Urban Development, held in Palembang, Indonesia.

Rabé, P. and Heikkila, E. J. (2010). Urban Planning and Development Responses to Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation. (Principal author of the 2010 final report). Roundtable Forum of the Pacific Rim Council for Urban Development, held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 11-14 July 2010.

Rabé, P. (2010). Land Sharing in Phnom Penh and Bangkok: Lessons from Four Decades of Innovative Slum Redevelopment Projects in Two Southeast Asian Boom Towns. Paper presented at a policy workshop, Examining ‘The Places We Live’: Slums and Urban Poverty in the Developing World, sponsored by USAID, the International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, Woodrow Wilson Center Comparative Urban Studies Project, and Cities Alliance, Washington DC, USA, April 2010.

Rabé, P. (2009). Habitat et Environnement à Kinshasa, République Démocratique du Congo: Une Analyse Situationnelle pour Cordaid.  Final report of a process mapping exercise for Cordaid (in French) on the state of the urban environment in Kinshasa, December 2009. 

Rabé, P. (2008). Siem Reap: Urban Development in the Shadow of Angkor. Principal author of the final report of the 2008 Roundtable Forum of the Pacific Rim Council for Urban Development, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 26-29 October 2008.  

LPS (2008). Study on Urban Planning and Land Management in Lao PDR. Land Policy Study No. 10 under the Lao-German Land Policy Development Project (LLTP II), September 2007 (Co-authors: Rabé, P., T. Thongbonh and V. Vongsiharath). 

Rabé, P. (2005). Land Sharing in Phnom Penh: an Innovative but Insufficient Instrument of Secure Tenure for the Poor. Paper presented at Expert Group Meeting on Secure Land Tenure: “New Legal Frameworks and Tools”, sponsored by International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), UN-ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand, 8-9 December 2005. 

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