Netherlands, Utrecht

Land Governance for Development

when 2 July 2012 - 13 July 2012
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 895

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.

Best practices from different contexts
The course will introduce students to the multiple dimensions of land governance in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe. Students will acquire the most up-to-date knowledge on new land pressures and learn 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 topics are discussed in mini-courses including lectures and solution-oriented practicals led by recognised experts from academia, policy and practice.

Contribution to sustainable development
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.

Course leader

Femke van Noorloos, MSc

Target group

Admission is open to master’s students with a background in development studies, natural resource management, conflict studies and related fields and to academics and practitioners with an interest in land governance.
Maximum number of participants: 25

Course aim

To introduce students to the multiple dimensions of current land governance. The guiding question is how to optimize the link between land governance, sustainable development and poverty alleviation. At the end of this course students will have a thorough knowledge of current problems related to land and development, as well as practical insights in possible solutions.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 895: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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