Dreams and Pursuits of PKU-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy
It has committed itself to promote the economic and social development by its academic achievements, and create a new research mechanism which can cross the disciplines, institutes, and countries.
It has attached importance to provide unique ideas and views for
In this early spring, we have an interview with Dr. Gregory K.Ingram, President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Prof. Joyce Yanyun Man, Director of PKU-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, and Mr. John Whitehead, Research Analyst of the center in room 508 of
“It is an academic consideration to choose PKU as cooperator.”
Dr. Ingram has known
Founded in 1974, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading international and non-profit education and research institute on land policy. Its aim is to improve the quality of land policy demonstration, spread the knowledge of land policy, and exchange research achievements in order to understand and grasp the complex land and tax policy by combination of theory and practice. Its research fields include land taxation, land market, land management and related law, land ownership, and land income and redistribution.
Dr. Ingram hoped that through the establishment of
When the reporter asked him his attitude towards
“This is a cross-discipline, cross-institute, and cross-country public research platform.”
The essential of the center’s establishment is to spread and develop the “Lincoln Model” in
In order to promote the academic exchange and international communication, the center has organized a series of lectures and meetings, in which they have invited some well-known professors, such as Prof. Maxine Griffith, Vice-President of Columbia University, Prof. Kurt Zorn from Indiana University, and Prof. Peter Murphy from the University of New South Wales, to communicate with teachers and students of this field in China. Additionally, the center has also held two round table meeting to provide chances and platform for the scholars to communicate with each other. In the summer holiday of 2008, the center set up the “Training the trainer” project which had two classes to give professional trainings to the teachers from different universities in
“Through these activities, we have provided a platform for the scholars, the officials, and the policy makers and implementers to research, discuss, and exchange information on their policies. We have always been an active organizer.” Prof. Joyce Yanyun Man told us that the researchers of the center have distributed in the research institutes of universities and governments who are all well-known experts in this field both inside and outside. Under the research direction of the center, these researchers make up teams in the form of project to start their policy research with the financial support from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy independently. This kind of way can greatly increase the research efficiency, exert the researchers’ superiorities, and promote the comprehensive strength of the center ultimately.
“We want to introduce our top scholars to the world.”
Since the establishment of the center in 2007, it has thirty senior researchers now. When talked about the talents construction of the center, Prof. Joyce Yanyun Man said that in addition to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s influence and stable financial support, it is the center’s unique superiority of cross-discipline, cross-institute, and cross-country which has attracted many experts. Prof. John Whitehead also said that the different research backgrounds and directions of there experts can largely improve the flexibility and applicability in answering the questions.
The center has set up fellowship program including funding for graduate dissertation and thesis work and larger research proposals for professional scholars. Through these programs, the center endeavors to bring policy research opportunities to
“We want to introduce our top scholars to the world, and share
As a cross-disciplinary research institutions and a platform of international cooperation, the center has gained the support form PKU. Prof. Lin Jianhua, Vice-President of PKU said that he appreciates the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy for its foresight to see
In the past one year, they have stabilized the center, and in the coming three to five years, they plan to make the center as the best professional research institute of this field in
Edited by: Cai Ying
Translated by: Su Juan
Source: Beida news (Chinese)