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Urban Conflict and Real Estate: Lessons for Europe

Special issue call for papers from Journal of European Real Estate Research

Guest edited by:

David McIlhatton
Coventry University, UK
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Jim Berry
University of Ulster, UK
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David Chapman
University of Central Oklahoma, US
[email protected]

Aims and Scope

Significant challenges are continuing to be experienced in urban areas throughout the world as a consequence of crime and other illicit activities. The impacts of these include loss of life, property damage, the breaking down of societal relations, and wider economic losses. However, little attention has been paid towards the impact that these phenomena have for real estate. The purpose of this special issue is to identify the potential impact that issues such as crime can generate for real estate; understand the potential role of real estate in enhancing urban resilience; and develop knowledge of what the European real estate community can learn from these events.

We will seek to run a workshop at the European Real Estate Society specifically focused on 'Urban Conflict and Real Estate' at the ERES 2019, as well as one at ARES 2019.

While a body of knowledge exists exploring the relationship between crime and real estate, there is a lack of understanding of the lessons that can be learned from a European real estate perspective. This special issue will focus on different forms of crime, and how these impact on real estate markets, decision making, and values. Previous research has focused predominantly on crime as an externality in the context of value, this special issue seeks to go beyond this by developing new insights and methodologies for potential application in a European context.

The main aims of this special issue are for enhancing the research knowledge base through high quality, rigorous research, and for developing new methodologies for informing decisions in policy and practice in Europe.

Topics covered
NB: The following topics are indicative and not exhaustive. Papers on other topics under the main theme are welcome.

  • Crime and Real Estate Value
  • Terrorism and Real Estate
  • Real Estate Risk Management


Submission deadline: 30th November 2019

Further guidance on submission:

All submissions to the Journal of European Real Estate Research should be through ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

The Guest Editors will conduct an initial screening of submitted papers. Those judged suitable for the special issue will be sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review, after which submissions may be recommended for revisions and further review, acceptance or rejection.

Interested authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue “Urban Conflict and Real Estate: Lessons for Europe” at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”.