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Course: Land Governance for Development at Utrecht University Summer School

Reshape use of land
Land is again a priority in international development research and cooperation. Large-scale land acquisitions have become a hot topic. New actors – both foreign and domestic – are buying up large tracts of land in developing countries for growing export crops and biofuel crops, but also for tourism, mining, industrial development and nature conservation. As a result, access to and use of land is being reshaped profoundly: new types of land use may clash with existing land use and local interests. Land governance in developing countries has to find ways to deal with multiple pressures and competing claims. As such, tenure security and social protection deserve a renewed attention.  

The two-week intensive course will introduce students to the multiple dimensions of land governance in Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond. Students learn about new land pressures and how to place these in broader theoretical debates. In addition, they will learn about best practices in land governance from different contexts and on different levels: local, national and international. The guiding question is how to optimize the link between land governance, sustainable development and poverty alleviation. The topics are discussed in mini-courses including lectures and solution-oriented practicals led by recognised experts from academia, policy and practice. The course is useful for Masters’ students, academics and practitioners from anywhere in the world who are interested in or work in the fields of land governance, development studies, natural resource management, conflict studies etc.

The day-to-day programme and other relevant information is now available:

• € 895 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 560 - Course + course materials
There are no scholarships for this course.

Jeroen van Pelt
International Office
P: +31 30 253 9160

This course is part of LANDac (the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance), a partnership of International Development Studies (Utrecht University), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several other knowledge institutions (ASC Leiden, CDS Wageningen, Royal Tropical Institute), NGOs (Agriterra, HIVOS) and the private sector (Triodos Facet). LANDac aims at bridging the gap between research, policy and practice, focusing on the question how land governance may contribute to equitable and sustainable development.