The Annual Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference 2017 saw the launch of a new Property People Power and Place stream which I co-convene with my colleagues Professor Sarah Blandy and Dr Francis Sheridan King.
This stream continues to attract papers that raise interesting debates around both the variety of contexts in which the law seeks to define, regulate, limit or conceptualise relationships to property, and key concepts of space, place and inclusivity.
Discussions within the stream led to the idea for this Special Issue on Constructions of Property: Encompassing People, Power and Place.
These papers collectively present a range of national and international perspectives which are relevant to both academics and practitioners.
They focus on issues concerning: property guardianship, residential tenancies, land expropriation, human rights issues and registration of land.
Reflecting how the adoption of different research approaches can be 'crucially important for understanding the role of property in society', the authors collectively explore these topics through a range of different research approaches, including doctrinal, empirical and socio-legal.