Wednesday, July 25, 2012


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Gender and Land Governance Conference

The conference is scheduled to take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from January 14-15, 2013. Details below.


Land, and the natural resources it holds, is under unprecedented transformation due to multiple factors including population increase, globalization, climate change, urban expansion, post-conflict readjustment, and other social and economic developments. Such conditions have ushered in an era of new pressures on land and ignited contentious debates on equitable access and pro-poor land policy throughout the world. While for decades development “experts” advocated for a formalization of property rights through land registration and titling, more recently, much attention has focused on the negative implications of land liberalization policies. Subsequently, increased recognition of the potential for customary tenure and communal natural resource management systems has grown. This shift towards a customary land rights paradigm, however, has taken place without sufficient attention to the gendered drivers and implications of tenure change.

On January 14-15, 2013, the International Development Studies Group (Utrecht University) in collaboration with LANDac (the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development -, will convene a 2-day conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, aimed at drawing scholars and policy makers together who have been paying particular attention to gender dynamics in land governance processes. We are at an important juncture where many countries are experimenting with legislative change in land governance. It is imperative for the aims of social justice, equity, and poverty alleviation that gender perspectives inform these reforms. The conference will include plenary panels of guest speakers from across academia and public policy, and a series of academic papers.

The call for contributions is broad based, multi-disciplinary, and across the career stage. Research from all regions are welcome, as are works set in rural, urban, or semi-urban settings. Papers can address the gendered dimensions of various types of land reforms (i.e. land administration processes, land privatization, land development, large-scale land acquisitions, land grabbing, land investments and upgrading schemes, and land redistribution and resettlement, among others). We also encourage contributions that address more methodological concerns with integrating a gendered perspective in land governance. This may include work on gender and the policy-making process in land reform, measuring and monitoring land policy impacts, and how to engage in gender-sensitive participatory methods in land reform, among others. Furthermore, contributions can engage with more theoretical insights or be more focused on policy matters, for example, in show casing innovations in gendered informed land policy.

We hope that the conference will be a first step in a series of academic outputs. We aim to solicit selected contributions from the conference for an edited volume or special issue initiative as well as for the basis of a summer school teaching program.

Please submit proposed abstracts of up to 250 words to: Please include your contact details and save your abstracts with author name followed by GenderLand_2012. (e.g. Smith_GenderLand_2012). The deadline for abstract submissions is September 14, 2012.

For more information please contact the organizers:

Dr. Caroline Archambault (Utrecht University/University College Utrecht) or Prof. dr. Annelies Zoomers (Chair LANDac, IDS, Utrecht University) at:

Deadline: September 14, 2012

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