The third PLPR full-day PhD Workshop will take place on Monday, 19th February 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM.
The workshop is aimed at PhD students, at any stage, whose research is relevant to the intersection between planning, law, and property rights. We look forward to receiving applications from students in Real Estate, Geography, Spatial Planning, Law, Political Science, or other related fields.

Highlights are:

  • mentoring from experienced researchers
  • hands-on work on your PhD project
  • social and networking activities with your peers in the workshop

Application Procedure
PhD students (at any stage) can apply to participate in the workshop. It should be emphasized that the workshop itself is an extension of the PLPR Conference – not a stand-alone event. In order to participate, a PhD student is required to submit an abstract and present at the conference. As such, passing the abstract review process is a prerequisite for participation. An additional requirement from the workshop participants is to submit an extended description of their PhD project in order to provide the basis for discussion at the workshop itself.

In total, the PhD applicant is asked to submit three documents:

  1. An abstract for the paper which is to be presented at the conference.
  2. A short description of the PhD project of 1-3 pages, including: research topic, (sub-)discipline, research question, and abstract (may be the same abstract as above, but has to be submitted separately to the database).
  3. An extended description of the research. Not more than 10 pages, including problem setting, research question, hypothesis, theoretical background, research design, research methods, status of the research, problems faced, and (optionally) the CV.

University of Novi Sad, Rectorate building, Multimedia classrooms I-16 and II-13 
Dr Zorana Đinđića 1
21000 Novi Sad
45.247344° N, 19.854026° E

The timeline for submission for the PLPR 2018 Conference and PhD workshop is as follows:

Submission opens       

September 1, 2017

Deadline for submission of conference abstract and short PhD description

October 16, 2017

Notification of acceptance

November 25, 2017

Deadline for submission of extended PhD description and for registration for the workshop

January 15, 2018

No extensions will be granted on any deadline.

The workshop is organised by University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Andreas Hengstermann (Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland) supports the efforts as PLPR PhD coordinator.


PhD Students:

Malgorzata Urszula Bartyna-Zielinska - Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
Searching new tools and methods in urban planning concerning nature-based solutions introduction

Gabriela Debrunner - University of Bern, Switzerland
ResiDENSE – Governance of Densification for the Socially Sustainable Development of the Housing Resource in Urban Neighbourhoods

Ide Gaston Hiergens - KULeuven/UAntwerpen, Belgium
The Dialects of Enclosure and Commoning in the Political Economy of Land Tenure Patterns in Flanders - A Legal-Institutionalist Approach

Sofija Nikolić - University of Belgrade, Serbia
Ownership right on agricultural land

Cygal Pellach - Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Flexibility in Regulatory Planning: The function of plan amendments from a comparative perspective

Tamara Radić - University of Belgrade, Serbia
Maintenance of communal spaces: case study within modernist mega blocks in New Belgrade, Serbia

Magdalena Rauter - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
Breaking down the legal framework for flood protection in Austria: Individual and public responsibilities from a planning perspective

Stephanie Weir - Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Who should own the sea? Investigating the trends and perceptions of enclosure and privatisation in Scottish seas


Selection of Hostel Accommodations in Novi Sad

City Hostel Novi Sad
Address: Radnička 21, 21000 Novi Sad
Contact: +381 21 64 47 208
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Capacity: 60 beds + 5 extra beds = 65 in total
+ ZOVA open bar in the Hostel’s garden

Room Type

Shared Bathroom

Private Bathroom

1 Bed

1 room 20e


2 Beds

2 rooms 13e per person

2 rooms 15e per person

3 Beds

1 room 13e per person


4 Beds


1 room 12e per person

5 Beds

2 rooms 11e per person


6 Beds

3 rooms 10e per person


8 Beds

2 rooms 10e per person



City Hostel Novi Sad is located 500m from the Central University Building and 600m from the city centre. There is a café in the Hostel’s garden. In the surroundings of the hostel there is a wide range of restaurants, 24/7 stores, exchange offices, bakeries and cafés, as well as a parking for all those who plan to visit Novi Sad by car.

Note: All PhD students attending the PLPR Conference will receive 15% discount on the prices shown in the chart, as well as 10% discount for the ZOVA open bar in the Hostel’s garden.

Other Hostels in Novi Sad:
VaradINN Novi Sad
Downtown Hostel Novi Sad

NOTE: PhD Students are responsible for organizing their own accommodation during the PLPR Conference in Novi Sad.