Urban Land Governance (ULG)

“Land is a resource that greatly determines how cities work; it is strategic for improving their productivity, equality and sustainability.” Morales- Schechinger, 2014. 

The ULG specialization, delivered in collaboration with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policies (USA), is focused on land development issues in urban areas. It enables participants to understand and analyze land instruments that can shape cities and the socio-economic conditions of the inhabitants of a city through its economic, legal, financial and social dimensions. It exposes participants to the implications land instruments have on urban land markets, real estate markets, infrastructure development and finance, housing affordability and accessibility, green spaces and the provision of vital social amenities in cities.

Workshops are a central component of the specialization. The EQUIURBE game is a pedagogical game where participants have to devise a strategy combining various instruments to bring together cooperative and non-cooperative landowners in an area subject to urban sprawl. Students will also participate in the West Plaza game whereby teams representing government negotiate with real estate developers for resources captured from a land value increase triggered by density and land use change, in order to finance housing projects.

The Urban Land Governance specialization is part of the IHS Master's programme on Urban Management and Development. 


The course is delivered with the collaboration of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policies (USA) and draws contents developed by such Institute as well as from IHS derived from experience in a wide variety of countries. 

Students testimonial

The ULD specialization offers a well-structured knowledge package of land instruments. The collaboration of IHS and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy invited internationally known experts from different parts of the world to share their academic expertise here at IHS. This specialization is not merely a session of lectures, but a practical ‘game’ of using land instruments.”
– Xiaozhou (Jammy) Zhu, China, master’s student