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.

This year, the LANDac conference is about Land Governance in Transition: How 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.


Key note speakers

Prof. Pauline Peters Sr. Research Fellow – Centre for International Development, Harvard University

Dr. Lorenzo Cotula Principal researcher – IIED

Fridah Githuku Executive Director – GROOTS Kenya

Denis Kabiito CEO/National coordinator – UNYFA National Federation of Ugandan Farmers

Dr. Eugene Chigbu Research Scientist – TU Munich & GLTN Training and Research Cluster Lead

Raul Socrates National Coordinator – PAKISAMA National Confederation and Movement of Peasant Organizations

Dr. Cecilia Tacoli Principal researcher – IIED


Register now for the LANDac Annual International Conference 2019!

Conference themes 2019

Based on the received session proposals, LANDac presents seven conference themes for 2019:

  1. Inclusive Land Governance: Gender and Migration
  2. Urban Land Dynamics, Infrastructure and Deltas
  3. Community Rights: Climate Change and Natural Resource Management
  4. Realities of Dispossession, Displacement and Resettlement
  5. Land Governance and Agribusiness
  6. Land Governance in Practice: Approaches and Tools
  7. Land Governance and New Technologies

Below is an overview of all conference sessions, categorized according to the conference themes. Please click on a theme to be directed to the session descriptions.

Inclusive Land Governance: Gender and Migration
• Mobility and Land Governance in Africa: Making the Connections Work for Inclusive Development
• Building Land Governance Towards Effective and Inclusive Transformation – from discourse to practice in Women’s Land Rights
• Policy advocacy for women’s land rights: strategies and experiences

Urban Land Dynamics, Infrastructure and Deltas
• Understanding and Influencing the Dynamics of Food and Water Systems in Delta Regions of the Global South
• Spatial Injustice in Urban Land Markets in East Africa: What is the Evidence?
• Urban land debates in the global South: enclosure and recommoning
• The Urban Land Nexus and Inclusive Urbanization in Africa
• Dutch Diamonds in the Delta: Towards inclusive and climate proof delta planning in the Global South

Community Rights: Climate Change and Natural Resource Management
• Community Rights to Forest Lands: What are the key conditions for success?
• Farmer and Indigenous: Access to land and territory in South America, 21st century
• Building land and natural resources management governance at community level in Mozambique
• Transforming pastoralist landscapes: the importance of inclusive land management, policy engagement and climate risk management
• Key legal elements for communities to manage their forest, one avenue to secure a sustainable future for people and nature

Realities of Dispossession, Displacement and Resettlement
• Energy and land, cases of community engagement and resistance from North and South
• Accumulation by dispossession. Dynamics of large-scale land acquisition, agro-industrial crops and Especial Economic Zones.
• Increasing Farmland Concentration in Central and Eastern Europe – Causes, Challenges, Consequences
• Beyond the ‘conflict-fetish’ – land disputes and structural agrarian questions
• Displacement, dispossession and defence strategies around land
• When do displacement and resettlement end? The temporalities of dislocation, socio-political engagement, and sustainable development
• Land rights; expropriation and compensation. Recent advances, insights and implementation tools
• Everyday experiences of ‘development’ and ‘dispossession’: understanding longer-term impacts of megaprojects

Land Governance and Agribusiness
• Cooperation and Conflict in Inclusive Agribusiness: The impacts of Chain Integration on Food Security and Local Development
• Planting Conflicts: Agribusiness and Land Disputes in the Peruvian Amazon
• For better or worse: Agri-food systems transforming land governance needs and outcomes
• The roles of interdisciplinary research in sustainability transition of palm oil production
• Foreign investments versus local food security: Food production in the context of climate change

Land Governance in Practice: Approaches and Tools
• Pay to play: how should we finance land governance transitions, and why does it matter?
• Multi-Stakeholders Platforms: a Transformational Arena for Fostering and Scaling-Up Local Innovation
• Actor perspectives on landscape scenarios: Linking sectors through integrated landscape governance for people and nature
• Land & The Role of the State: Increasing accountability through promoting transparency
• Dynamics of Due Dilligence: Conditions for Responsible Land Based Investment

Land Governance and New Technologies
• Uniting global and hyper-local data for land
• Land Lost In Translation: Interactive workshop
• New Responses to New Challenges: A Land Technology Sandbox
• Geo-information management for land administration: innovation, transitions and stability


LANDac welcomes innovative and original ideas; if you have suggestions for materials to present or exhibit at the conference – such as short films, interactive websites, photos, posters – please contact the organisers at


Register now for the LANDac Annual International Conference 2019!

Registration costs are €200 (€100 for BSc and MSc students upon proof of a valid student ID). The registration fee includes catering for two days. We regret that LANDac is unable to cover participant expenses.


We look forward seeing you in Utrecht this summer!



The Organising Committee

Bianca de Souza Nagasawa, MSc student at Utrecht Univsersity

Chantal Wieckardt, LANDac/Utrecht University

Christine Richter, ITC University of 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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