LANDac Conference 2018

LAND GOVERNANCE AND (IM)MOBILITY: Exploring the nexus between land acquisition, displacement and migration

 28th and 29th June 2018

Muntgebouw, Utrecht, the Netherlands

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our Annual International Conference 2018!

Panel submissions will be accepted until 20 February 2018

Paper submissions will be accepted between 26 February and 26 March 2018


Key notes including:

Prof. dr. Tania Li

Prof. dr. Bernard Truffer


LANDac’s Annual International Conference 2018 will look at land investments through the lens of mobility. What are the implications of land based investments on the movements of people? And how have displacement and population movements contributed to new and contesting land claims?

The 2018 conference takes this land-mobilities nexus as a starting point, focusing on the extent to which land acquisitions trigger the inflow or outflow of particular groups of people – and also yield other mobilities (capital, goods, ideas etc.) and land claims. Providing people with secure and equal access to land is fundamental in giving people the ‘right to remain’, but land acquisitions simultaneously contribute to evictions and displacements, and the resettlement of groups. Up to now, the discussion has focused on respecting land rights, informing the local inhabitants in advance, and, in the case of forced displacement, offering fair compensation.

Given the variety of mobilities, what are good ways forward in land governance?  To what extent can land governance contribute to inclusive development – preventing eviction and displacement, while supporting vulnerable groups to settle in safe places and build secure and sustainable livelihoods? How can property regimes (and ideas of fixing people to the land) move along with these changes and be made more suitable? How do economic transformations – value chain integration, market liberalization or reregulation – affect the ability of rural people to make a living on their lands? What do we know about the stability of ´foreign´ investor communities – and what are the implications of their land investments for the mobility and immobility of local communities? And what is the role of migrants who themselves invest in land – and who are sometimes powerful actors in land-related negotiations that might disadvantage others? At the heart of the conference debates will be the Sustainable Development Goals – what is the role of land governance in the context of the ambition to “leave no one behind”?


For information on submitting a panel proposal and abstract, check here. We invite proposals tackling these questions on the relation between land governance and mobility by covering topics including:


  • Large scale investment in land for food security
  • Urbanization and infrastructure development
  • Climate change
  • Conflict induced displacement and competing claims
  • Development induced eviction and displacement
  • Resettlement, migration and mobility
  • Cities and urban expansion
  • Inclusive development and land in the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Right to leave and right to stay
  • Land governance and social justice
  • Land administration and technologies


Panel proposals and abstracts on other, related topics will also be considered.



We now call for the submission of panel proposals. Panel proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Abstract of maximum 300 words
  • Name, affiliation and contact details of panel organizer(s)
  • Panel format (paper presentation, round table discussion, others)
  • Potential contributors (if already known)

Panel proposals should be received before 20 February 2018 and must be submitted in English, via email to:

The panels will be put online and the call will be opened for individual paper proposals from February 26 till March 26, 2018. An impartial selection committee will review submissions. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 March 2018.

PhD students are especially encouraged to present their research in a paper or poster. LANDac also welcomes other innovative and original ideas; if you have other suggestions for materials to present or exhibit at the conference – such as short films, interactive websites, photos, posters – please contact the organisers at the above address.

The conference will be followed by the Annual LANDac and Utrecht University Summer School Land Governance for Development which will take place in Utrecht from July 2-13, 2018.

Please note that registration for the conference will open in early March. Registration costs are €150. We regret that LANDac is unable to cover participant expenses.


Organising committee: Annelies Zoomers (LANDac and Utrecht University), Guus van Westen (LANDac and Utrecht University), Griet Steel (LANDac and Utrecht University), Gemma van der Haar (Wageningen University), Christine Richter (ITC Twente) and Barbara Codispoti (Oxfam Novib).