Call for Abstracts 2015 LANDac Conference

Deadline: 1 February 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 9 - 10 July 2015


Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands

This conference is organized by the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac) and its partners and aims to present state–‐of–‐the–‐art knowledge on how land governance may contribute to equitable and sustainable development, as well as setting the agenda for future research and fostering collaborations for new research, policy and practice. The conference is linked to the 6th LANDac Summer School Land Governance for Development




Since the start of the land grab debate in 2008 our knowledge has advanced greatly: we now know much more about the diversity of drivers, actors and alliances involved, and the scope and impacts of the developments. We also know that there are strong historical roots to these developments; many problems are the outcomes of policies in the past. At the same time, land has now become embedded in a diversity of related discussions about sustainable development, food security, rural development and agriculture, investments, housing, urbanization, biofuels, climate change, gender, and many more. But new questions have also emerged, e.g. what stakeholder interaction takes place and how does that impact on land governance; what are the effective policies, at which level; how can land tools and data be used effectively and equitably; how can investments be made more beneficial for all by means of benefit sharing mechanisms; how to effectively implement principles and guidelines for strengthening land governance. This conference seeks to bridge the gaps between disciplines, sectors, theory and practice, investment advocates and critics, recipient and investing country debates; and is aimed at making an effort to move the frontiers of the land debate in the direction of equitable and sustainable development.




This conference is organized by the LANDac (, a network of Dutch organizations interested in how land governance can contribute to equitable and sustainable development, and a selection of Dutch and international knowledge institutes. LANDac exists since 2010 and is involved in both long–‐term and short–‐term research on the multiple dimensions of land governance. Its partners share a specific interest in linking up fields of research, policy and practice, in making a difference on the ground. The LANDac Conference ‘Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development’ 2015 will bring together researchers, policy makers, practitioners, private sector representatives and other interested stakeholders to share state–‐of–‐the–‐art knowledge and to set the agenda  future =research, policy and practice. This LANDac Conference explicitly allows for flexible approaches and innovative set–‐up of sessions to actively stimulate exchange between the academic world and policy makers and practitioners (examples: through the use of art, media, games or Pecha Kucha–‐style presentations). Parallel sessions allow or in–‐depth discussions among thematic experts, round tables will offer the room and opportunity to highlight outcomes from different sessions and allow for synergy and comparison.


We are inviting abstract submissions for papers, posters and other forms of contributions on the topics outlined in this call. You are kindly invited to submit your abstract of no more than 300 words to [email protected] by 1 February2015 mentioning ‘LANDac conference 2015’ in the subject line. Abstracts should be written in English. The organizing committee will decide on the selection of abstracts. Following this process, selected authors are invited to submit their full papers or other contributions by 1 June 2015. In case of any questions, please contact the conference organizers through: [email protected].


Panels will be organized around the following issues:

  • Innovative land tools (Jaap Zevenbergen)
  • How to promote policy debates among farmer organizations? (Jur Schuurman)
  • Urban(izing) land grabs (Femke van Noorloos)
  • Commercial pressures on land: the role of local governments (Gemma van der Haar, Gerard Baltissen)
  • Conflict related displacement (Gemma van der Haar, Mathijs van Leeuwen)
  • Alternative agricultural business models (George Schoneveld)
  • Land grabbing for nature conservation (Marja Spierenburg, Robert Fletcher)
  • Agency, brokerage and mediation (Gerben Nooteboom)
  • ‘Zones of intermediality’ (Sandra Evers, Froukje Krijtenburg)
  • Understanding the role of finance in land acquisitions (Oane Visser)
  • Land governance and food security (Gemma Betsema)
  • Responsible business (Guus van Westen)
  • The role of big data and media (Annelies Zoomers, Alex Gekker, Mirko Schäfer)
  • The Jatropha hype (Aklilu Amsalu, Richmond Antwi-Bediako)
  • Oil palm and land governance (Paul Burgers, Pita Verweij)
  • Oil palm expansion in Latin America: linking development pathways to socio-environmental impacts (Antonio Castellanos-Navarrete, Fabio de Castro, Pablo Pacheco)
  • Land rush simulation game (An Ansoms, Giuseppe Cioffo)
  • Mining and land governance (Chris Huggins)
  • Climate change adaptation, land use and the production of exclusion (Sebastiaan Soeters)
  • Hydropower development and displacement (Pham Huu Ty)
  • Gender and land (Caroline Archambault, Sonja Vermeulen)


Other themes on which abstracts and other contributions are invited include: tourism, water grabbing, frontier expansion, infrastructure development, guidelines and principles, certification, Free Prior and Informed Consent, special economic zones, etc.etc.


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