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Blockchain and PropTech opportunities and challenges for land registration and land uses

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law


Blockchain, AI, big data analytics etc. all continue to shape and reshape the property sector. New technological products and services have seen PropTech evolve into a discipline in its own right, often travelling ahead of regulatory practice. The set of five papers in this special issue will critically discuss governance and policy issues in relation to Blockchain and PropTech in the real estate sector, as well as regulatory opportunities and challenges, in response to a recent academic meeting held on this topic in January 2019 in Barcelona.

The objective for this special issue of Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law is to showcase how PropTech products and services, operating within the context of blockchain technologies, are re-shaping the processes of land registration and the recording of land uses. The papers will explore developed and developing land registration and land use systems, with critical and honest discussion to identify opportunities and challenges for all stakeholders in this field of enquiry.

Topics covered in this special issue may include, but are not limited to:

  • Tokenization and fractionalization of land interests, and how this may impact on low-income and elderly homeowners
  • Fundamental issues towards the use of the Blockchain for Title Rights
  • Blockchain trends and land registration
  • Blockchain products for land registration for high-conflict areas
  • Blockchain in the service of urban crisis management

Submission Information

Submission Deadline: 31st December 2019
Proposed Publication Date: Vol 12 Issue 2 (2020)

Submissions must be made via ScholarOne here.
For more information on the submission process and author guidelines please see here. For any further question please contact the Guest Editor.

Guest Editor

Dr Rebecca Leshinsky
Senior Lecturer, Property and Valuation
RMIT University, Australia
[email protected]