Clare College Cambridge

Land Economy


Number of students per year: 1-2
Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB, or the equivalent from other educational systems. For Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers - Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade; bands may be specified.
Essential subjects: There are no specific requirements on subjects studied at A-level for Land Economy candidates.
Written assessment: All applicants who are selected for interview are required to take the university-wide at-interview written assessment for Land Economy. Further information about this is available here.


Land Economy is the study of the use, development and management of land, other natural resources and the built environment. Drawing upon theories and concepts from economics, law and quantitative methods, the student analyses how the private sector allocates resources, what implications this has for society and why and how governments seek to alter private processes. Though the analysis concentrates upon economically advanced countries, the experience of selected low income countries is also covered.


The Land Economy course encourages students to develop an understanding of complex legal, economic, political and administrative questions, including issues surrounding environmental protection and climate change. For example, how can legal rules assist in the protection of the environment, how can the efficiency and profitability of industries dealing with land, natural resources and buildings be improved? How should private development objectives be balanced against the need to conserve social assets or protect endangered assets? Can the divisive effects of uneven economic development (whether within the nation, region or city) be ameliorated? In poor countries, what should governments do in the face of the explosive growth of urban areas and rural depopulation? The development of an analytical capacity to tackle complex questions such as these provides a stimulating education both for students who take Land Economy courses for all nine terms, and also those who mix some Land Economy courses with those of another Tripos. Moreover, the explicit emphasis in coursework upon the interactions of the private and public sectors fits students of Land Economy, after graduation, to enter either of these sectors.



Fellows in Land Economy

Prof Jorge Viñuales Director of Studies, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy
Prof Philip Allmendinger  Professor of Land Economy
Prof David Howarth Professor of Private Law


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