Professor Robert Home

Professor of Land Management

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Anglia Law School

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Law

Rob's research is on land management law and policy, both in UK and internationally – especially issues of forced eviction in Africa and of Gypsies/Travellers in the UK.

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Before joining Anglia Ruskin in 2002, Rob worked in local planning authorities and planning consultancy, and has 30 years' higher education experience at the universities of East London and Reading. He was research convenor for our Law School's submission to the current Research Excellence Framework, and has published eight books and over 50 academic articles and book chapters. He's an experienced supervisor and examiner of PhDs and Professional Doctorates.

Rob has managed some 25 research and training consultancy projects, including Gypsy/Traveller accommodation assessments for UK local authorities, a major Tempus Joint European Project, and a tri-national research project for the Department for International Development. These projects have taken him to 12 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Research interests

  • Town planning and enforcement, especially Gypsy/Traveller accommodation issues
  • Third World planning and land management
  • Legal history of colonial urban development
  • Land titling, squatting and forced eviction


  • MA History, Cantab
  • PhD Geography, LSE
  • Diploma in Town Planning, Oxford Brookes

Memberships, editorial boards

Royal Town Planning Institute

Selected recent publications


Home, R. (Ed.), 2012. Essays in African Land Law and Case Studies in African Land Law. Pretoria, Pretoria University Law Press.

Home, R. and Lim, H. (Eds.), 2004. Demystifying The Mystery of Capital: Land Titling in Africa and the Caribbean. London, Glasshouse Press.

Home, R., 1997 (2nd edition 2013). Of planting and planning: The making of British colonial cities. London, Routledge.


Home, R., 2013. Are Africans culturally unsuited to property rights? Journal of Law and Society, 40(3), pp.403-419.

Home, R., 2012. Rights to Land Tenure. In: Smith, S.J. et al (Eds.). International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, vol 6, pp.182-186. Oxford, Elsevier.

Home, R., 2012. Forced eviction and planning enforcement: the Dale Farm Gypsies. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 4(3), pp.178-188.