• 5 PhD fellowships in Development Studies – Erasmus University

    More info available here. Thematic areas In the 2018 round, holders of a Master’s degree can apply for research positions related to the following cross-cutting themes in the ISS research programme Global Development and Social Justice: Migration and diversity Environment and climate change Social protection and inequality Conflict and peace ISS has a clear preference […]

  • We are looking for a LANDac Coordinator (1.0 FTE)

    This position, hosted by Utrecht University, offers a diverse and challenging job for qualified graduates with a flexible, independent mindset and accurate coordinating skills. The job will contain a variety of administrative tasks, combined with project management and network facilitation. You will be the central contact and communication point of the LANDac secretariat, the partners […]

  • Announcing the 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 […]

  • Land Portal launches new Country Portfolios for Kenya, South Africa and Zambia

    Developed in partnership with local experts and organizations, Land Portal’s latest country portfolios for Kenya, South Africa and Zambia on the Land Portal offer an in-depth look at both the current and historical land governance situation as well as access to a wide range of datasets, publications, and other land-related content. Each portfolio visualizes data from a variety of land-related […]

  • Sustainability challenges in land use – 15 PhD positions

    COUPLED is a four-year, European Training Network granted by the EC under Horizon 2020. They put the research approach of TELECOUPLING into action for solving sustainability challenges for land use. How to understand processes and actors that influence land use in an increasingly interconnected world? The program will train a new generation of young scientists […]

  • New vacancy: Support Officer for the LANDdialogue

    The Organizing Committee of the Netherlands LANDdialogue is looking for extra support in managing the ongoing dialogue among Dutch stakeholders to contribute to improved land governance. The LANDdialogue – the Dutch Land Governance Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (LG MSD) – is a multi-stakeholder initiative of organizations in the Netherlands who have expressed their willingness and ambition to […]

  • Both ENDS Reference Guide on Infrastructure Set Against Land Governance

    The past years have seen a surge in large infrastructure projects, including dams, mines, highways, airports, ports, land reclamation, canals and urban renewal projects. The land assigned to these projects is often inhabited and used for agricultural purposes. Therefore, land governance issues play an important role in these infrastructure projects. Worldwide some 15 million people […]

  • Safeguarding Human Rights in Land Related Investments

    Comparison of the Voluntary Guidelines Land with the IFC Performance Standards and the World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguard Framework Michael Windfuhr, German Institute for Human Rights, 2017 This study was commissioned by the German Fed­eral Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Devel­opment in order to help identify whether there are differences and potential issues in […]

  • World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2018

    The Annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference in Washington DC will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. The 2018 conference theme will be: Land Governance in an Interconnected World. The conference has become one of the largest international events […]

  • Assistant Professor at ITC Twente

    The department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo Information Management (PGM) of ITC works on the linkage of geospatial technologies with both Urban Planning & Management and Land Administration. The department takes the role of people as stakeholder in all processes central, and looks both at understanding the past and the present, as well […]

  • New working paper! Improving the positive impacts of investments on smallholder livelihoods

    Moving from “do no harm” to “do good”… This working paper is aimed at impact investors, and presents key pointers or core guidance that have been drawn from international standards, principles and case studies, that follow. It provides solid and evidence-based examples of how investors can work with smallholders and promote better land governance and […]

  • Special issue: From land grabs to inclusive development?

    LANDac is pleased to announce the release of a themed special issue, based on contributions from the LANDac Annual International Conference 2015, in the journal Geoforum. The themed issue explores the “elusiveness of inclusive development” through analyses of empirical evidence on land grabbing ten years after the hype began. The cases collected show different types […]

  • VACANCY: LG MSD seeks consultant for IMVO study

    ToR for Consultant Land Governance & ICSR Agreements The Organising Committee of the Dutch Land Governance Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue is looking for a consultant to carry out a study on the relevance of land goverance as a priority issue in different sector-based agreements to address ICSR risks. A detailed job description is provided in the attached […]

  • VACANCY: LG MSD seeks consultant for IMVO study

    ToR for Consultant Land Governance & Dutch Banking Sector Agreement  The Organising Committee of the Dutch Land Governance Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue is looking for a consultant to carry out a study on how to effectively incorporate issues related to land governance in the implementation phase of the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement on international responsible business conduct […]

  • New journal article: Land acquisition for urban expansion in peri-urban Hue, Vietnam

      Recent LANDac PhD graduate Phuc Nguyen, together with co-chair August van Westen and chair Annelies Zoomers have recently published: Compulsory land acquisition for urban expansion: livelihood reconstruction after land loss in Hue’s peri-urban areas, Central Vietnam Available at: Land acquisition for urbanisation in Vietnam has become a hot topic, attracting attention not only from […]

  • Land Rights Now – Earth Day Mobilisation

    Secure Community Land Rights Now to Fight Climate Change and Protect our Planet This 22 April, the growing Land Rights Now movement will come together to show that secure land rights are central to fighting climate change.   “Together we can push national governments, investors, and companies to recognize that securing land rights is essential […]

  • LANDac and Partners at the World Bank Conference

    Want to catch up with us at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty? You can find out where we’ll be here: LANDac and partners at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. LANDac will be running a Masterclass on Multi-Stakeholder Approaches in Land Governance: In debates around land-based investments, much attention has been given […]

  • GLTN call for proposals: “Conflict in the context of large scale land…

    Through the Land and Conflict Coalition, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) invites organizations and institutions to submit Expressions of Interest in undertaking a study on  Conflict in the context of large scale land acquisitions. The primary objective of the Study is to analyze how land based investments contribute to conflict, violent conflict and social destabilization in selected countries and […]

  • Vice Versa and LANDac present special issue on land rights to Minister…

    Yesterday, the Vice Versa special issue on land rights was officially handed over to Minister Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The special issue features stories from journalists giving perspectives on land rights from different angles, and was produced in cooperation with LANDac.  Written by Selma Zijlstra, Vice Versa. The special was presented […]

  • PhD fellowship: Gender-Responsive Innovation in Maize-based Agricultural Contexts

    Wageningen University (Chair Group Knowledge, Technology and Innovation), together with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, CIMMYT, invite interested candidates to apply for a PhD fellowship ‘Gender-Responsive Innovation in Maize-( and Wheat-)based Agricultural Contexts’. Duration: 4 years, starting April/May 2017 Apply before: Sunday 19 February 2017, 24:00 (Amsterdam time zone: UTC+01:00) For a more […]

  • Africa Gender Innovation Lab Fellows Recruitment 2017

    The World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) is hiring another round of three GIL Fellows from Sub-Saharan Africa. The Lab conducts rigorous impact evaluations of development interventions to generate evidence on how to close gender gaps in productivity, earnings, and assets. The GIL Fellowship Program aims to develop the skills of prospective PhD students – as well as […]

  • Conference report: Climate change interventions as a source of conflict, competing claims…

    Now available, a summary report from the November conference. Available here: landac-ccmcc-and-uu-conference-report This report describes some of the key themes that emerged during the 1,5 day event, and also provides some information about the programme, key note speakers and conference participants. For any further information about the conference, or for questions regarding the report, contact us […]

  • 22/12/2016 Report LANDac in Quito for Habitat III

    LANDac attended the Habitat III Conference in Quito in October 2016. We organized a number of events and activities, of which you can find a brief report here: LANDac in Quito.

  • Participatory cartography in Benin: A VNG International project

    LANDac partner VNG International have recently experimented with a revolutionary new tool for securing community land rights in Benin. As in many parts of Africa, land rights in Benin are largely undocumented, resulting in land related conflicts accounting for 60% of court cases. In order to fast-track the modernisation of the country’s legal and institutional framework […]

  • Call for abstracts: Sustainable management of river deltas under pressure

    The EGU General Assembly 2017 in Vienna, Austria will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all […]

  • USAID Land Tenure and Property Rights MOOC

    In 2015, USAID launched the Land Tenure and Property Rights Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Nearly 2,000 students from 107 countries joined this free university level course, featuring interactive discussions, self-paced video lectures, and expert case studies. Back by popular demand, the MOOC returns January 23 2017, with study tracks that delve into the relationship between […]

  • LANDac International Conference 2017

    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: LANDac Annual International Conference 2017 Leave No One Behind: Setting the Land Agenda to 2030 29th and 30th June 2017 Muntgebouw, Utrecht, the Netherlands ***Extended deadline*** We are pleased and excited to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our Annual International Conference 2017 until 28th February 2017! Key notes including: […]

  • 24/11/2016 Vacancy: GLTN consultant to support phase 3 strategy document

    The GLTN Secretariat is recruiting a consultant to support in the development of a strategy for the GLTN Phase 3 and prepare a draft programme document for its implementation within the 2018-2023 time frame. The consultancy (P5 level equivalent) is home-based with missions as required and the duration is 60 days spread over 6 months. […]

  • IASC conference 2017: Extended deadline for submitting abstracts

    The International Association for the Study of the Commons will be hosting their XVIth Biennial Conference “Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change” in Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017. The organising committee has recently extended the deadline for submitting abstracts until 1st of November 2016. The IASC is the world’s leading professional organization for the […]

  • Leave No One Behind: Setting the Land Agenda to 2030

    LANDac and partners are excited to announce the Annual International Conference 2017: LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND: SETTING THE LAND AGENDA TO 2030 29th and 30th June 2017 Muntgebouw, Utrecht, the Netherlands LANDac’s Annual International Conference 2017 will look back over the decade since the land grab “hype” began, analysing the processes of transformations that have […]

  • 21/09/2016 Vacancy: Programme management officer human settlements

    The focus of this position is to support the coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the country level work of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), focusing on priority countries in Africa. These posts are located in the GLTN Unit of the UN-Habitat, in Nairobi. Under the supervision of the Unit Leader of the GLTN, the […]

  • 14/09/2016 LANDac International Land Conference 2016 – REPORT now available

    The report of the 2016 LANDac International Land Conference which took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on 30 June and 1 July is now available for download. Please find the report here: 2016 Conference report LANDac

  • FPIC workshops at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    To deepen the knowledge on FPIC amongst public, civic, private and academic stakeholders in The Netherlands and to promote better insight in the background, value and importance of FPIC, The Organising Committee of the Land Governance Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue has organised a series of sessions on FPIC.   SESSION I Setting the scene: the importance and value […]

  • 05/09/2016 GLTN is seeking two Land Experts

    The Global Land Tool Network is seeking two LAND EXPERTS. RESPONSIBILITIES Under the supervision of the Unit Leader of the GLTN, the Land Expert will be expected to  undertake the following duties and responsibilities: Initiate and provide substantive advice and guidance on the implementation of assigned projects and initiatives towards strengthening and scaling-up policies, tools […]

  • New LANDac publication on Land Governance & Food Security

    Lessons on land governance and food security Reflections from Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia Download report As part of a F&BKP knowledge agenda on land governance and food security, LANDac organised three country-specific learning trajectories on land governance and food security in Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia. This reflection paper brings together the main findings and outcomes […]

  • LANDac and NWO announce conference: “Climate Change Interventions as a Source of…

    *UPDATE* The deadline for the submission of an abstract for this conferenc has been extended to 2nd October 2016.   LANDac in collaboration with NWO’s Conflict and Cooperation in the Management of Climate Change (CCMCC) programme and IDS-Utrecht University, is pleased to announce a 1.5 day conference to be held in Utrecht (venue to be confirmed) on […]

  • 15/08/2016 Call for abstracts – Changing Food Systems in Africa: Agro-ecology, Food…

    From 24-26 November 2016, the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative for Africa (EOA-I), AfrONet, IFOAM – Organics International and others are organising a 3-day conference on changing food systems in Africa in the context of agro-ecology and nutrition. The conference will feature presentations, plenary discussions, group work sessions and seed/food fairs […]

  • 12/07/2016 News article about the LANDac Conference (in Dutch)

    The Dutch magazine OneWorld has published a news article about the LANDac International Conference 2016. Read the article HERE.

  • 11/07/2016 Publication: Where do I report my land dispute?

    A new publication by Doreen Nancy Kobusingye, Mathijs van Leeuwen and Han van Dijk, focuses on the reporting of land conflicts in Uganda. The article, titled ‘Where do I report my land dispute? The impact of institutional proliferation on land governance in post-conflict Northern Uganda’, has been published in the Journal of Legal Pluralism and […]

  • Follow-up and downloads LANDac conference 2016

    We will be uploading follow-up activities and publications, as well as Powerpoint presentations from the conference in the coming weeks. The first Powerpoint presentations by key note contributors are now available on our website, please find them here: LANDac Conference documents.

  • 29/06/2016 Book of abstracts LANDac Conference 2016 available online

    Now available for download: the book of abstracts of the LANDac International Land Conference 2016: BOOK OF ABSTRACTS

  • 24/06/2016 Country fact sheets on land governance and food security updated and…

    Updated country fact sheets on land governance and food security are now available for download on the LANDac website. As part of the joint knowledge agenda on land governance and food security, the fact sheets – originally compiled in 2012 – have been updated and were extended to better include food security.   The fact […]

  • 23/06/2016 Final programme LANDac International Conference now available

    The final programme for the upcoming LANDac International Conference, on 30 June and 1 July in the Muntgebouw in Utrecht, is now available online. Please see the final programme, including some new speakers here: FINAL programme 30 June-1 July

  • 21/06/2016 Practical information LANDac International Conference

    Registration Registration for the conference is required. You can register by filling out the registration form and sending it to: The conference fee is EUR 100 and includes coffee, drinks, lunches and a conference walking dinner on Thursday 30 June.   Promoting material In case you are interested in promoting new publications (books, journals, […]

  • 12/06/2016 Three PhD scholarships @ Université catholique de Louvain

    3 PhD scholarships in the social sciences at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).   The selected candidates will be inserted in an interdisciplinary research project, titled ‘Resistance to international prescriptions and injunctions in Africa and the Middle East’. The methodology of this project is based on a case-study approach that focuses on three core settings […]

  • 30/05/2016 Inaugural lecture Bernhard Truffer: The Geography of Sustainability Transitions

    The inaugural lecture of Prof. Bernhard Truffer (Utrecht University) is available online: The geography of sustainability transitions.

  • 19/05/2016 LANDac International Conference: session descriptions available

    Detailed descriptions of sessions have been added to the webpage of the LANDac International Conference 2016. The descriptions highlight focus areas of the sessions, main questions and the chairs of the sessions. More information will be added in the coming weeks. In case of questions about the conference, please contact us through:

  • 16/05/2016 Vacancies: Utrecht University is looking for 4 Assistant Professors

    Assistant Professors in Human Geography, International Development Studies and Spatial Planning (4 x 0,8/1,0 FTE) Job description The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has developed the challenging research programme ‘Urban Futures: Transitions towards Economic and Social Sustainable Cities’. In this programme faculty members from different sub disciplines of human geography and planning work […]

  • 11/05/2016 New publication: LEGEND State of the land debate

    The UK Department for International Development (DfID) has launched its first global State of the Land Debate report today, on the 4th anniversary of the VGGT. The report addresses the Voluntary Guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests (VGGT) and takes stock of implementation initiatives around the world in order to derive […]

  • 10/05/2016 New publication: Soy production in South America: Globalization and new agroindustrial…

    Special Issue, 43(2), March 2016 Soy production in South America: Globalization and new agroindustrial landscapes Guest editors: Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira and Susanna B. Hecht   The entire collection (15 articles) free access for a limited time! through: Soy in South America constitutes one of the most spectacular booms of agroindustrial commodity production […]

  • 22/04/2016 Vacancy: Research associate in agri-environmental governance, policy analysis and commons research

    Research Associate (100%) in agri-environmental governance, policy analysis and commons research   The Professorship of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy with a focus on Governance and Natural Resources (Prof. Insa Theesfeld) is member of the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg The Professorship offers a full time position starting […]

  • 18/04/2016 Call for abstracts: Symposium on land consolidation and land readjustment for…

    The organising institutions of the Symposium on land consolidation and land readjustment for sustainable development (9-11 November 2016) invite you to submit an abstract on a topic related to the specific themes, or to land consolidation and land readjustment in general. The symposium provides a unique opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with fellow […]

  • 12/04/2016 Rurban Africa research Narratives

    Rurban Africa research narratives Rurban Africa is a long-term research programme and a collaboration between Utrecht University (IDS), University of Copenhagen, IIED, University de Toulouse le Mirail, Loughborough University, National University of Rwanda, University of Agriculture Tanzania, University of Dschang Cameroun, and the University of Ghana. The goal of the Rurban Africa project is to […]

  • 06/04/2016 Job opening: GIZ Land economist in Ethiopia

    GIZ is looking for a Land Economist for strengthening advisory capacities for land governance in Africa. The  position is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and starts June 1st, 2016. For more information: GIZ Job opportunities.

  • GLTN Vacancies

    The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is recruiting two  Land and Natural Resources experts (P-4 level). The focus of this position is to support the coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the country level work of the GLTN, focusing on priority countries in Africa. Required is an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in […]

  • Petition: Indigenous leaders’ initiative for the Long March to Rome

    The Long March to Rome was born of a series of discussions held between Dr David Close, Dr Sandra Evers and David J. MacKinnon in Vancouver British Columbia during early Spring, 2014. Further discussions and meetings with numerous hereditary chiefs, elders and interveners representing First Nations groups in Canada and the United States led to […]

  • Publication: Strengthening land rights for women – inspiring examples of interventions supported…

    As part of the Land Governance – Multi-stakeholder Dialogue (LG-MSD), organised by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a booklet was published which highlights inspiring examples of interventions for strengthening land rights for women. The booklet presents cases and examples of interventions supported by the Netherlands and was the response to a call for inspiring […]

  • 18 March 2016: LANDac Masterclass at the World Bank Conference Land &…

    World Bank Conference on Land & Poverty 2016 Scaling up responsible land governance Masterclass: Multi-stakeholder dialogue in land governance: lessons learned and ways forward Room MC C2-131   On Friday 18 March, LANDac and its partners are organizing a Masterclass on experiences and lessons learned regarding multi-stakeholder approaches in land governance.   The question ‘Under what […]

  • 01/03/2016 News LANDac 2016 Annual Land Conference

      The first panel descriptions of panels that are being organized in the context of the 2016 LANDac Annual Land Conference can be found here: panels. In the coming months we will continue to update the information about the conference, including programme and key note speakers. So stay tuned for more news!

  • Online (Dutch): UU Studium Generale lezing ‘Land te koop’

    Annelies Zoomers (IDS Utrecht University/ Chair of LANDac) and Barbara van Paassen (Hoofd beleid en campagne ActionAid) gaven op 24 februari een lezing in het kader van de UU Studium Generale reeks over voedselzekerheid. De lezing is online terug te zien via deze link:   Hieronder een blog over de lezing, van Rick Berends, […]

  • 24/02/2016 LANDac-IASC co-organized panel

    LANDac and the International Association for the study of the commons (IASC) are co-organizing a panel during a European Regional IASC conference in Bern, Switzerland, from 10-13 May 2016: Large scale investments in land and Infrastructure in Africa, Asia and Latin America: what are the consequences for the commons – what is the maneuvering space […]

  • 8 maart: Lancering LAND RIGHTS NOW campaign

    Lancering Land Rights Now campaign 8 maart 13.00 – 14.30 Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Den Haag De ’Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights’ is een initiatief van Oxfam, Rights and Resources Initiative en de International Land Coalition. De Global Call heeft als doel wereldwijd gemeenschappen, organisaties, overheden en individuen te mobiliseren om het areaal aan land […]

  • New study on Dutch floriculture investments in eastern Africa and the impacts…

    The Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac)/ IDS Utrecht University has conducted a scoping study on Dutch flower farms, land governance and local food security in eastern Africa within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). While earlier research focused mainly on evaluating the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of floriculture investments, there is still a […]


    Due to several requests, we are glad to announce that the deadline for our Call for abstracts – extended deadline is extended until Friday 26 February 2016. You can still send in your abstracts to until Friday (including Friday).   The LANDac Annual International Land Conference will take place on 30 June – 1 July 2016 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The Conference is […]

  • 9/2/2016 New publication: Advances in Responsible Land Administration

    Advances in Responsible Land Administration Jaap Zevenbergen, Walter de Vries, Rohan Mark Bennett Features Delivers cutting-edge approaches for land administration design, implementation, and assessment Includes high-tech descriptions for technical readers whilst adding the human touch for those from softer disciplines Connects the core aspects of land tenure information management around the themes of ‘drivers’, ‘design’, […]

  • 9/2/2016 Launched: 3rd edition of MOOC Natural resources and sustainable development

    Just launched is a third edition of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Ressources naturelles et développement durable’ by the Université catholique de Louvain. The course addresses the link between the exploitation of natural resources (land, water, minerals, forests, etc.) and sustainable development and helps you understand the opportunities and challenges that the presence of natural […]

  • 25/01/2016 Now taking place: online debate on GLTN Gender Evaluation Criteria on…

    Sharing Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Supporting Women’s Land Rights: A debate on the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) From 25 January to 5 February, the Land Portal Foundation will be holding a debate on the Global Land Tool Network’s Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC), which were created to assess the effectiveness of land tools in […]

  • 20/01/2016 Website: Open Development Mekong

    Open Development Cambodia, has launched its new Generation 2 website today, 20 January. On the new website you will find about 100 pages of  briefings covering 17 development sectors, an expanded law compendium, a comprehensive listing of Economic Land Concessions, new maps, and an improved map explorer, as well as the daily news summaries.  You can visit the […]

  • 19/01/2016 Launched: Call for abstracts LANDac Annual International Conference 2016

    Now available: the call for abstracts for the 2nd international LANDac conference on 30 June and 1 July 2016. Please find the complete call here: Call for abstracts

  • 15/01/2016 Overview of publications in the area of water governance

    The Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitiek (German Development Institute) DIE published an overview of their 2014/2015 publications in the areas of transboundary water management, integrated water resources management, water and energy, water governance in agriculture, payments for water-related ecosystem services and other topics. The overview can be accessed here: DIE Water Publications 2014-2015_12Jan2016

  • 13/01/2016 Dynamic learning events held in Africa on land governance and food…

    In early 2015, the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) developed a knowledge agenda on land governance and food security. One of the activities addressed as part of the agenda was the development of three country-specific capacity building trajectories in linking land governance and food security. Internationally, the Netherlands is […]

  • LANDac 2016 International Land Conference: 30 June – 1 July 2016

    On 30 June and 1 July 2016, LANDac will be organising a new International Land Conference: Large-scale land acquisition in the context of urban sprawl and climate change – LINKING THE RURAL AND THE URBAN This conference is a follow-up of the 2015 LANDac International Conference Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development ( The 2016 […]

  • 14/12/2015 New publication: Theorising the Land – Violent Conflict Nexus

    A new article will be published in the journal World Development (February 2016) entitled ‘Theorising the Land – Violent Conflict Nexus’ by Mathijs van Leeuwen (Leiden University, Radboud University Nijmegen) and Gemma van der Haar (Wageningen University). The full article can be accessed through this link: (subscription required).   Summary While disputes over land are prominent […]

  • LANDac 2015 International Land Conference – report available

    The report of the 2015 LANDac International Land Conference Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development is now available. Please find the report here: LANDac 2015 Conference Report

  • GSSC Public Lecture: Annelies Zoomers

    Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Köln, Germany Wednesday 2 December, 17.45-19.15 Annelies Zoomers, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands The last two years have seen a huge amount of academic, policy-making and media interest in the increasingly contentious issue of ‘land grabbing’ – the large-scale acquisition of land in the global South. It is a phenomenon which has generated rapid […]

  • 2016 LANDac Summer School in Utrecht – pre-registration now open!

    Land Governance for Development   Period 04 July 2014 – 15 July 2016 (2 weeks)   Course location(s) Utrecht (Utrecht city campus), The Netherlands   Credits 3.0 ECTS credits + Certificate of Attendance   Organizing institution Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences (UU)   Course fee (incl. housing) € 895   Level Master level   Large-scale […]

  • New publication: Africa’s land rush

    Africa has been at the centre of a “land grab” in recent years, with investors lured by projections of rising food prices, growing demand for “green” energy, and cheap land and water rights. But such land is often also used or claimed through custom by communities. What does this mean for Africa? In what ways […]

  • 21 December 2015: Urban land grab or fair urbanization?

    On 21 December, Nguyen Quang Phuc from the College of Economics (HCE) Hue University, Vietnam, will publicly defend his PhD thesis ‘Urban land grab or fair urbanization?’ in Utrecht – Academiegebouw.   Please see Events – urban land grab for more information.

  • 12/10/2015 Now online: Photo’s LANDac conference

    Photo’s taken during the 3-day LANDac conference (8-10 July 2015) are now available online. Please check the LANDac Land governance for development Flickr account: Flickr LANDac

  • New vacancy: Technical editor at Geomares BV

    Vacancy in Dutch:   Technical editor Geomares BV, Lemmer, the Netherlands   Functieomschrijving Ben jij de nieuwe Technical Editor voor GIM International, Hydro International en Op korte termijn heeft Geomares Publishing ruimte voor een Technical Editor met passie voor de combinatie redactie en techniek. Onze nieuwe Technical Editor bouwt verder mee aan de leidende positie […]

  • 25/09/2015 New LANDac publication – The moving frontiers of genetically modified soy…

    LANDac PhD Lucia Goldfarb and LANDac partner Gemma van der Haar (Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University) have published a new article titled ‘The moving frontiers of genetically modified soy production: shifts in land control in the Argentinian Chaco’. The article was published in the Journal of Peasant Studies on 23 September […]

  • 21/09/2015 Rabobank statement on land rights

    The Dutch bank Rabobank has published a statement on land rights. The statement refers to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, as well as mentioning the importance of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). The full text of this statements […]

  • Now open for registration: Workshop Land Governance & Food Security in Uganda

    Now open for registration: LANDac Workshop Land Governance and Food Security in Uganda   When:       26-30 October 2015 (5 days, 4 nights) Where:      Source of the Nile Hotel, Jinja , Uganda   Access to land is vital for inclusive economic growth, sustainable development and food security. Globalization increases national and international pressures on […]

  • New CIFOR vacancy: Gender Post-Doctoral Fellow – Globalized trade and investments

    Gender Post-Doctoral Fellow – Globalized trade and investments   The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit, global research organization dedicated to advancing human well-being, environmental conservation and equity. We conduct research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of tropical and sub-tropical forest landscapes. We help […]

  • Vacancies at the Global Land Tool Network

    The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools. GLTN currently has a number of consultancy vacancies, including: Consultant Lead Evaluator and Consultant […]

  • International land coalition seeks two long-term consultants

    Deadline: 30/08/2015 Country: Italy The International Land Coalition is a coalition of 207 organisations from 64 countries.  ILC’s function as a network brings together diverse but complementary efforts, particularly between intergovernmental and civil society organisations. ILC supports its members through its three strategic Objectives: connecting members with each other and with change-makers beyond the Coalition; mobilising members […]

  • New internship opportunity (deadline 3 August): Indigenous and community land rights at…

    Oxfam Novib Internship on Indigenous and community land rights The Oxfam Novib Academy is looking for a student with a relevant background in the area of land rights about for the duration of 3-6 months and at least 3 days a week. (Internship) Start Date: 31st of August (Apply before 3 August!) Oxfam Novib is […]

  • LANDac 2015 Conference – outcomes and documents

    On 8, 9 and 10 July 2015, over 250 experts from academia, civil society organizations, governments, farmers organizations, financial institutions and private sector gathered in Utrecht for the LANDac International Conference on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development. Participants traveled from more than 35 different countries worldwide, to share experiences and research, learn from […]

  • Two internship opportunities at the International Land Coalition!

    Deadline: 21/07/2015 Region: Global (including Europe) Are you a university student or recent grad? Are you interested in women’s land rights issues and/or the governance of a global, multi-stakeholder network? If so, ILC has just opened up two opportunities in its internship programme and we are looking for motivated candidates ready to join the ILC family! […]

  • New vacancy Utrecht University: Assistant Professor in Geo-Computation and Natural Hazards (1.0…

    Assistant Professor in Geo-Computation and Natural Hazards (1.0 FTE)   Job description The Land Degradation and Geo-Computation Group within the Department of Physical Geography aims at understanding terrestrial ecosystem functioning with an emphasis on natural hazards, land degradation and hydrological processes. Advanced and innovative earth observation techniques and field-/laboratory experiments are combined with spatio-temporal modelling […]

  • 19/02/2015 Land governance and food security – new knowledge agenda launched

    The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac) have developed a knowledge agenda on land governance and food security. Two activities have been taken up: a scoping study on the linkages between land governance and food security, and the development of a capacity building trajectory on the same issues. […]

  • New article: Impacts of large-scale farming on local communities’ food security and…

    LANDac PhD researcher Maru Shete has published in co-authorship with Dr. Marcel Rutten of the African Studies Centre a new article based on his PhD research in Oromia Region, Ethiopia. The new publication in Land Use Policy looks at the impacts of large-scale farming on local communities’ food security and income levels.   Abstract This article […]

  • Report VGGT Masterclass

    On 15 April, partners organized a Masterclass on the ‘Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security’ (VGGT). The Masterclass was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and chaired by LANDac.   A report of this event is available here.

  • New article: Natural resource privatisation in Sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges for…

    LANDac PhD alumnus George Schoneveld and LANDac Chair Annelies Zoomers have published an article entitled ‘Natural resource privatisation in Sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges for inclusive green growth’ in the International Development Planning Review (IDPR).   Abstract In response to recent accumulation crises, the development community has begun to call for greater focus on ‘inclusive green […]

  • NOW OPEN: Registration LANDac course ‘Land governance for development’

    Large-scale acquisition of land in the global South has received a great deal of interest in the last few years. Especially following the food crisis (2003-08), and stimulated by the growing demand for biofuels, pressure on land continues to increase. This course provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the ‘land rush’ within the more general context […]

  • New E-publication: JARAK the short history of Jatropha projects in Indonesia

    JARAK, the short history of Jatropha projects in Indonesia The E-publication of JARAK presents the main results of the studies conducted for the research program “JARAK: The Commoditization of an Alternative Biofuel Crop in Indonesia” at Leiden University (Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development) with partner institutions in Indonesia and the Netherlands. At […]

  • 2015 LANDac Conference (8-9-10 July) – Register now!

    The deadline for our call for abstracts is now closed. For opportunities for collaboration during the conference, or to register as a conference participant, please send an e-mail to the LANDac secretariat at The LANDac International Conference on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development will take place on 8, 9 and 10 July 2015 in […]

  • Secure and equitable land rights in the Post-2015 agenda

    Secure and equitable land rights in the Post-2015 agenda. A key issue in the future we want This technical briefing authored by a number of international organizations working on food security, natural resources management and poverty eradication and endorsed by many local civil society organizations around the world strongly encourages governments to keep the profile […]

  • 27/01/2015 Global trends in land tenure reform: gender impacts (NEW PUBLICATION)

    ‘Global trends in land tenure reform: gender impacts’ edited by Caroline Archambault (Utrecht University, International Development Studies) and Annelies Zoomers (Utrecht University, International Development Studies/ Chair of LANDac), will be published in February 2015. The book explores the gendered dimensions of recent land governance transformations across the globe in the wake of unprecedented pressures on […]

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