Princetonlaan 8a, 3584 CB, Utrecht +31 30 253 13 63


2nd March 2020 12:00 -
4th March 2020 12:00
40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi - 110003

India Land and Development Conference, has become a unique annual inclusive Land Convergence platform in India. Established by a collaborative initiative of local and global land-institutions, it promotes inter-sectoral, inter-disciplinary and multi-level conversations on land and development. ILDC helps researchers, practitioners, governments, businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals working around and at interface of land in different geographies, across scales around diverse issues to come together and interact at an open and inclusive platform.

It aims to further, intensify and change land conversations, catalyse cross-learning and amplify innovations. By triggering connections and facilitating networking among land-actors and institutions, it contributes to coordinated and impactful research, innovations, advocacy and actions for improving land tenure security and achieving sustainable development goals.

The 4th India Land and Development Conference will be organised at India International Centre, during March 02-04, 2020. As India moves a decade closer to meet 2030 UN Goals and gears up to sustain economic growth, ILDC2020 invites attention on critical dimensions of institutions, innovations and information around land governance and seeks to deliberate on how they connect and can contribute to local and global development more inclusively and sustainably.

For more information, please visit the website here.

5th March 2020
09:00 to 17:00
Tivoli Vredenburg, Vredenburgkade 11, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Invitation: Pathways to Sustainability Conference: Accelerating the Transformation

Thursday 5 March 2020, 9:00-18:00
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

We cordially invite you to the Pathways to Sustainability Conference 2020.

Every day we are confronted by alarming news of the climate crisis, vast biodiversity loss, faster than predicted thawing ice and permafrost, natural resource shortages, and rising social inequality. We are increasingly aware that the pathways to sustainability require an extraordinary effort: where will the needed energy come from? How do we nurture the acceleration of promising trends? How do we speed up to achieve societal, scientific and political breakthroughs while ensuring socially fair outcomes?

The third Pathways to Sustainability Conference is therefore devoted to the theme of ‘accelerating the sustainability transformation’.

In the morning programme, we'll make a journey of how to achieve acceleration in the age of the Anthropocene and what this means for our work. In the afternoon there's plenty of space for interaction in the parallel Breakthrough Sessions. We close the conference with the first Pathways to Sustainability Award.

Join us on Thursday 5 March at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht to enable change together at the pace and ambition necessary to meet our sustainability targets.

We hope to see you there!

The Pathways to Sustainability Conference team

6th March 2020
09:30 to 17:15
Leidseweg 90, 3531 BG Utrecht

The WELCOMING SPACES kick-off conference brings together researchers, policy-makers, NGOs, trade unions and businesses striving for the fair, inclusive and sustainable development of shrinking European regions, while providing opportunities for the successful integration of non-EU migrants.

16th March 2020 09:00 -
20th March 2020 05:00
Washington, USA

Check the website here (also for original text).

This year’s conference theme will be: Institutions for Equity & Resilience.

The Land and Poverty conference 2020 presents the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance around the world. This conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,400 participants from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector. Please consult the video recordings, papers, and presentations from the 2019 conference and the 2018 conference.

Conference Structure

  • March 16: Conference opening at 4.30 PM;  Pre-conference on new research (9.30 AM – 4 PM)
  • March 17–19: Conference: Parallel thematic tracks and policy round tables (8.30 AM– 5.15 PM). March 19 closing session and reception;
  • March 16–19: Poster sessions in Atrium
  • March 20: Learning day (9 AM–3 PM)
  • March 16–20: Exhibition booths in Atrium


23rd April 2020
13:00 to 19:00
Rijnstraat 8, The Hague

LANDac 10-year



23 April 2020
13:00 – 18:00

Land Governance & Climate Change:

Preparing for the near future

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rijnstraat 8, The Hague, The Netherlands

On 23 April 2020 LANDac will celebrate its 10-year anniversary! During this day, the land governance community will gather for an interactive afternoon on the future of land governance in the context of climate change, with inspirational key notes and a visioning exercise:

In the context of a changing climate, how can we ensure land governance is
future-proof, sustainable and inclusive?

Save the date and join us for an inspiring afternoon and to raise the glass for the decade to come!



13:00 – 13:30                     Coffee/tea/water

13:30 – 13:45                     Opening by LANDac chairs dr Guus van Westen (Utrecht University) and dr Gemma van der Haar (Wageningen University
                                             and Research).

13:45 – 14:45                     Key notes by prof dr Jun Borras (International Institute of Social Studies) & Malovika Pawar (Indian Administrative Service &
                                            Utrecht University)

14:45 – 15:00                     Reflection by prof dr Annelies Zoomers (LANDac, Utrecht University)

15:00 – 16:00                    Interactive visioning exercise

16:00 – 16:45                    Plenary reflections

16:45 – 17:00                    Break


17:00 – 17:15                    Welcome by LANDac chairs dr Guus van Westen (Utrecht University) and dr Gemma van der Haar (Wageningen University
                                            and Research) & Kitty van der Heijden (Director General International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

17:15 – 18:00                    Drinks

We are looking forward to welcome you!

Annelies Zoomers (Utrecht University), Barbara Codispoti (Oxfam Novib), Chantal Wieckardt (LANDac), Frits van der Wal (Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Joanny Bélair (Utrecht University)


Registration for the seminar, incl. key notes and visioning exercise happens through this form. Please register separately for the celebration here. Deadline: 10 April 2020. Please note that there are only limited places available for the seminar, so make sure to register in time. Do not forget to bring a valid ID to enter the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

10th May 2020 08:00 -
14th May 2020 17:00
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This welcome is on behalf of all organizing partners GIN, Kadaster, and ITC.  

The Netherlands is known for its tulips, wind mills and polder landscapes, and it is also known as one of the best surveyed areas in the world; every square meter has been mapped, registered and documented. Being small sized, densely populated, partly below sea level and the second exporter of agricultural goods in world, the management of land and water is crucial in our society.

Mapping and surveying are basic activities to support the management of land and water. Having almost 200 years of experience with mapping and more than 100 years of land consolidation, the Netherlands offers an inspiring environment for the FIG Working Week 2020. Not only the rural and urban environments show the important role our profession plays, also the institutional and professional context are renowned for its high level standards.

The theme of the Conference is “Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management“. How to build and manage a densely populated coastal country with a land area of which nearly half is below sea level? We, the Dutch know how to do just that and have done so for centuries. The role of surveyors in this endeavour has been crucial.  And their role is even more crucial today when we have to protect our country against the impact of climate change causing sea level rise. 

Together with the other Dutch partners we believe that we will be able to host the FIG Working Week in 2020 in an excellent way and make your stay in Amsterdam fruitful and unforgettable at the same time.

For more information, click here.

28th June 2020 09:00 -
2nd July 2020 12:00
International Institute of Social Studies , The Hague, The Netherlands

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) announce the 16th EADI General Conference, to be held in The Hague (Netherlands) from Monday 29 June to Thursday 2 July 2020. The conference will be hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), one of Europe’s oldest and largest centres for research and education in the field of development studies. It will be combined with the Development Dialogue, the annual European conference of PhD candidates working in development studies.

About the Conference Theme

The central theme of the conference is “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. Together, these three concepts represent our aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalisation, also in connection with climate change and other environmental threats. Solidarity is essential for any process of social change. Based on mutually shared interests and human values, solidarity can be extremely powerful yet can also be easily undermined in an era of fake news and (electronically) manipulated elections. Peace and social justice are similarly important values in (as well as aspired outcomes of) struggles or transformation processes in which solidarity is key.

How can I participate?

The call for sessions is currently open.

We would like to invite session conveners and conference participants to reflect on any aspect of solidarity, peace, and social justice, such as:

• How can we give new meanings to solidarity in a period of growing distrust between and within nations and amongst people?

• How can we, as development scholars and practitioners, contribute to peace and social justice in our work?

• How can we find new understandings and/or explanations to the concept of ‘development’, without simply adding new adjectives?

Please read more on the different formats and submit your session proposal until 6 September 2019.

The call for papers will be launched in October 2019.

Why The Hague?

Discussing these themes in The Hague is particularly significant given that it profiles itself as the Global City of Peace and Justice. Indeed, The Hague has played a central role in global peace building via the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013). We will actively involve these international institutions - as well as many other professional organizations and NGOs in the field of peace and justice - in our debates via key note speakers in plenaries and special visits to these institutions during the conference. As conference organizers we are very proud that The Hague is the host city.

What makes the EADI ISS 2020 conference unique?

EADI and ISS will use a variety of innovative conference formats to enable participants to exchange ideas and engage in active discussions. These include special panels between practitioners and academics as well as a high number of participants from the Global South. By combining the conference with the PhD network of the Development Dialogue we will provide space for early career scholars. Of course, we will follow the EADI principle of ’local, organic, and fair’ in the conference logistics. We look forward to an exciting and inspiring gathering of development researchers and practitioners from all over the world.

2nd July 2020 09:00 -
3rd July 2020 17:00
Leidseweg 90, 3531 BG Utrecht

Land Governance Challenges and Climate Change:

Handling Pressures, Upholding Rights


2-3 July 2020

Muntgebouw Utrecht, The Netherlands

The LANDac Annual International Conference offers a podium for researchers, practitioners and private sector representatives interested in land governance for equitable and sustainable development. The 2020 Conference looks at the challenges that climate change poses for land governance systems, processes and actors, and at relevant lessons that can be drawn from experiences with land governance to date.

In debates about appropriate climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, plans and actions, the implications for land governance are rarely a central focus. This conference will do just that. We welcome contributions which examine how land governance ambitions and arrangements shape and conflict with climate change ambitions; how land related livelihoods and bio-diversity are considered in climate change debates; and how the land governance landscape is responding to climate change challenges. Similarly, we welcome contributions on impacts of land transfers and transformations under the guise of climate related disaster risk reduction; and on how climate change might become a rationale for lowering the ambitions of good land governance. A concern is that lessons learnt about due diligence and the need to protect rights become ‘unlearnt’ under the pressure of climate change and associated challenges of food security and disaster risk reduction.

Read more on the conference here.

6th July 2020 09:00 -
17th July 2020 17:00
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

ave the date! LANDac Annual Summer School on Land Governance for Development takes place from the 6th of July - 17th of July. More information will follow soon. In the meantime, have a look at our 2019 Summer School page.