LANDac Conference 2019



How to support transformations that work for people and nature?

July 4 – 5, 2019
Muntgebouw Utrecht, the Netherlands


The LANDac Annual International Conference “Land governance in transition” will take place on July 4 and 5, 2019 in Utrecht. It offers a podium for researchers, practitioners and private sector representatives interested in land governance for equitable and sustainable development. The 2019 Conference looks at land governance through the lens of transformations. The Call for Sessions is open now until February 15, 2019.

This year, the LANDac conference is about Land Governance in Transition: How to support transformations that work for people and nature? Central questions revolve around the long-term dynamics around land, water and food production. How is land governance itself transformed, as it seeks to respond to changing circumstances? And how is learning and knowledge building about these dynamics developing, what are promising concepts and tools? Particular questions relate to the different aspects of land governance, such as gender, food security, land tenure security, investments, conflict prevention and peace-building. In a fast-paced world of short-term projects and funding, how can we learn from past and current transitions, build sustainable partnerships and networks, and allow for seeds of innovation to bear fruit?

This conference builds on nine years of LANDac Annual International Conferences where rural land debates were connected to the urban agenda, where land governance from an SDG starting point were explored, and where its role in issues of mobility, migration and displacement was examined . The 2019 Conference builds on these discussions to return to core questions about land governance and transformation.

The programme will include a diversity of key note speakers from research and practice. Keep an eye on the LANDac website for updates. Registration for the conference will open in March.


Call for sessions

We are very pleased to invite proposals for sessions for the LANDac Annual International Conference 2019. Practitioners, researchers, policymakers, all are welcome to organise a session at the LANDac conference. We welcome workshops, panels, roundtables, debates, talk shows and other innovative formats. Films and exhibitions are also very welcome, as well as posters about your organisation or project.

Session proposals should be received by February 15, 2019 and must be submitted, in English, via email to: The organizing committee will review submissions and successful applicants will be notified by February 28, 2019. Abstracts for papers will be invited from March 1 until March 28, 2019. Notification on acceptance of paper abstracts will be done by April 15, 2019.

More information about the Conference theme and submission details can be found in the Call for Sessions – LANDac Annual International Conference 2019.



LANDac invites session proposals from researchers and practitioners on the following envisaged topics, while other topics are welcome:

  • Food security
  • Gender and generation
  • Conflict and competing claims
  • Natural resources and environmental protection
  • Climate change and resilience
  • Migration and displacement
  • Compensation and resettlement
  • Consultation, advocacy and access to justice
  • (Peri-) Urban land dynamics
  • Infrastructure development
  • Land administration and technologies
  • Land access for smallholders and visions of development
  • The role of the state


Submission guidelines

Session proposals should include:

  • Title
  • Organizers: Names, affiliations and contact details
  • Session format (panel, roundtable, workshop, debate, art, film, innovative session, etc.)
  • Description of max. 300 words
  • Clear reference to the conference theme
  • Potential speakers/presenters


We look forward seeing you in Utrecht this summer!



The Organising Committee

Bianca de Souza Nagasawa, MSc student at Utrecht Univsersity

Christine Richter, ITC Twente

Gemma van der Haar, Wageningen University

Griet Steel, LANDac/Utrecht University

Guus van Westen, LANDac/Utrecht University

Imke Greven, Oxfam Novib

Niek Thijssen, Agriterra

Marthe Derkzen, LANDac/Utrecht University


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