GENDER & LAND GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE
Utrecht University, The Netherlands: Academiegebouw, Domplein, Utrecht
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 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.