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LANDac Conference 2018

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

June 28 – 29, 2018

Muntgebouw, Leidseweg 90, Utrecht, the Netherlands


LANDac Conference Report 2018 – view here: LANDac Conference Report 2018



LANDac’s Annual International Conference 2018 looks at land investments through the lens of mobility. What are 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.


Key notes include:

Prof. dr. Tania Li, Canada Research Chair in the Political-Economy and Culture of Asia; Centre for Southeast Asian Studies;

Ms. Sheela Patel, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), India; Slum Dwellers International (SDI);

Mr. Michael Uwemedimo, Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform (CMAP), Port Harcourt, Nigeria;

Prof. dr. Bernhard Truffer, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development; Utrecht University;

Dr. Veena Srinivasan, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment

Prof. ir. Klaas van Egmond, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development; Utrecht University.


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 debate 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 an overview of all panels, check here.

Besides these thematic panels, we organize country sessions on the following regions: Mozambique, Ethiopia, Sudan, India, Indonesia and Brazil.

The Call for Abstracts has closed. LANDac welcomes other 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 organizers at



Please note that registration for the conference is closing. Registration costs are €150 (or €75 for BSc and MSc students upon proof of a valid student ID). We regret that LANDac is unable to cover participant expenses. You can submit your registration through the following registration link:


The conference is 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. For more information and registration, please visit the Utrecht Summer School website.


Organizing 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 – University of Twente), Barbara Codispoti (Oxfam Novib), Lisette Mey (Land Portal). Vince Gebert (LANDac) and Marthe Derkzen (LANDac).