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LANDac Conference 2019

LANDac Annual International Conference 2019

The full programme and the Book of Abstracts 2019 to the Annual International Conference are now available!

Join us on 3 July 2019: Pre-conference welcome drink, pre-registration and documentary screening

Join us on July 3rd at 19:00 at Kargadoor, Utrecht City Centre, for a pre-conference welcome drink, pre-registration for the conference and the documentary screening of This Land, in cooperation with the Land & Accountability Research Centre.

Other pre-conference side-events

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More information on the side-events:



How to support transformations that work for people and nature?

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 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.

 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
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
Dr. Cecilia Tacoli 
Principal researcher – IIED

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

In the full programme and the Book of Abstracts you can find an overview of all conference sessions, categorized according to the conference themes. Please click on a theme to be directed to the session descriptions.

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
Marthe Derkzen, LANDac/Utrecht University
Niek Thijssen, Agriterra

LANDac 2019 Conference Sponsors and Partners




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