I am a Law Professor working at the University of Bristol on the legal context of place-making, with a particular emphasis on how property law and other legal rules construct cities and 'the local' (even when we're unaware of this). I tweet on law, place and property at @antonialayard.
My writing brings together law and geography to make one central point: that places are more than property. It suggests that we need a better understanding of laws of place and to think about how we imagine and enact public space. In my work on localism, I aim to deconstruct different understandings of 'the' local, while still reflecting on the very strong desire by many to belong to place.
This research underpins my teaching in Land Law, Planning Law and Environmental Law. My work webpage is available here. The research projects outlined here here have been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as well as the University of Birmingham (2012-2013) and the University of Cardiff (2003-2012).